End Citizens United Stands Up For Johnson Amendment

We are living in an increasingly partisan age of politics. No other time in history, since the Civil War at least, has the United States government been this divided. At the highest levels of government you have President Trump and his Republican cronies working in concerted effort to devalue laws and legislation on the books of the United States of America. One particular law has come under fire in recent months and that is the Johnson Amendment. Originally proposed as the Johnson Act, by Lyndon B Johnson and Dwight Eisenhower, the Johnson Act helped to solidify the separation of church and state. In exchange for tax-free status, churches and other religious institutions would keep political lobbying out of their services. The trade off passed with overwhelming support by both parties back in 1954 but since then the times have been changing.

President Trump signed an executive order back in May which told the IRS to back off of cracking down on churches that break the Johnson Amendment. The executive order doesn’t actually carry any legal significance, but it does serve as a dog-whistle for the marginal-but-rapid base of support that Trump has been catering to. By issuing this specific executive order, Trump has flouted the legality of the Johnson Amendment in the face of the country in exchange for more support from his base. As the party of ‘law and order’, this is not only unacceptable it is also immoral.

End Citizens United is a political action committee that was created to help cut the ties between millionaire and billionaire donors and their impact on the United States government. End Citizens United was formed with the specific mission of undoing the damage done by the Citizens United decision, made back in 2010. Citizens United is a propaganda group pioneered by conservative lawyer James Bopp. Bopp’s work with Citizens United, specifically his argument before the SCOTUS in 2010, helped to unleash hordes of lobbyists and special interests into D.C. It wouldn’t be hard to draw a direct line from 2010 to the current state of divisive affairs.

Despite not being strictly related to the Citizens United decision, End Citizens United has decided to use their sizable voice in defense of the Johnson Amendment. Led by PAC President Tiffany Muller, End Citizens United is organizing grassroots support from moderates and progressives all over the country. Muller warns that repealing the Johnson Amendment could turn religious institutions into “tools for secret campaign spending.” Churches would effectively be able to funnel money straight from their donation plates to the highest ranking officials in the United States government. If you don’t see the problem with that, then you are probably one of the elites receiving these sizable paychecks. For more information visit:https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/lookup2.php?strID=C00573261