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.