End Citizens United

James Bopp is a lawyer based out of Terre Haute Indiana. James was hired by Citizens United to represent them in court in January of 2008. Citizens United created a film called Hillary: The Movie. The organization wanted to air their movie via on-demands during the republican primaries. They were denied the right due to the fact that the three federal judge panel based out of Washington DC felt the movie was nothing more than a ninety minute political ad. Citizens United did not provide proof of who funded the creation of the movie and because of this their show was not allowed to be shown on on-demand. The judges did not rule that they had the same freedom of speech rights that individual persons do in accordance to the first amendment.

Two years later the Supreme Court ended up reversing the ruling in Citizens United vs FEC. It was ruled that corporations can be considered individuals and are then protected by the first amendment. James Bopp is an advocate for helping non-profit groups and at chipping away at finance regulations for political campaigns in the United States.

End Citizens United focuses on removing large corporation monetary donations from political campaigns. End Citizens United accepts donations from their network of donors and the average donation is about $12. During the first quarter of 2017 more than 100,000 people donated towards End Citizens United. They were able to raise more than four million dollars and are hopeful that through networking they will be able to raise thirty five million dollars ahead of the 2018 midterm elections for congress. This is a ambitious increase in monetary donations considering the PAC raised twenty five million dollars for the 2016 elections. The 2016 elections were the first round of elections that End Citizens United was in operation for. End Citizens United feels that people as a whole are not happy with how politics are being handled and want to remove big corporate donations that may influence elections. By making donations people are able to help candidates that may otherwise not have a chance of a fair election have their voices heard.

Visit endcitizensunited.org for more information about the organization.

Charles Koch Wants To See Changes In Government

Charles Koch has spent his life building the business his father started. It was originally a middle sized oil business. Koch then expanded into everything from pollution and process control technologies and equipment and fertilizers to polymers and fibers and forest and consumer products. The company manufactures items such as Lycra, Stainmaster, Quilted Norther and the Dixie Cup. He has grown the company to 2000 times the size it was. Because of this and because Koch Industries pulls in a revenue of about 90 billion dollars per year, Charles Koch is worth nearly 42 billion dollars.

Koch grew up in Wichita, Kansas. He studied at MIT and received several degrees in engineering. He moved home and started to take over his father’s business. Over the years, he also started dipping his toe into the philanthropic world. Koch is known to give to many politically aligned organizations, that share similar principles to him, and also cultural and artistic organizations, mainly due to the trust his wife formed. His goal is to push the idea of a free market economy so that everyone has access to the same opportunities without regulations getting in their way.

In order to push this idea further, Charles Koch wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post. In the article he first addressed how Senator Bernie Sanders has been misrepresenting Koch’s stance on a variety of issues. Koch said he would much rather try and find common ground and he believes that he and Sanders share common ground on 2 issues.

The first issue that Charles Koch believes he shares with Senator Sanders is the criminal justice system. Koch believes that the criminal justice system is broken and targets certain groups of people rather than looking at all individuals equally. He does not believe that non-violent offenders should be in prison. The first problem is that is costs the tax payer money and the second problem is that as soon as an ex-convict is released there are many regulations that prevent him from gaining opportunities to move forward in life. These regulations include the loss of right to vote, get a meaningful job, have a credit card or loan.

Koch also agrees with Sanders on the issue of the current government system not working, especially with regards to big business. However, Charles Koch believes that there should be less government.

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