James Bopp is a professional lawyer specializing in electoral law. Bopp comes from Terre Haute, Indiana. He has always considered campaign-finance laws as a tool that only protects the wealthy people and their political allies. Bopp has been involved in a myriad of cases involving the conflict between campaign-finance laws and the First Amendment laws. According to James Bopp, the flow of money into the political system should not limit freedom of speech. He has associates from organizations such as ACLU, AFL-CIO, and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
In 2008, he was representing Citizens United in a federal court in Washington, DC. His client wanted the permission to air a 90-minutes campaign ad during the Democratic presidential primaries. However, one of the federal judges laughed out at his concern and Bopp’s client was denied the permission to air the movie. This case was one of the many cases James Bopp represents in court with an aim to dismiss every aspect of the campaign-finance regulations.
Most of Bopp’s clients are small but determined organizations. Due to the Citizens United case, the government protected books and movies and also permitted unrestricted corporate spending in elections. The court ruled out that the First Amendment rights also apply to corporations and it would be illegal to deny them the rights to spend money on supporting political candidates.
In preparation for the 2018 mid-term elections, End Citizens United has started raising money to fund the Democrats campaign and get more members in the Congress. According to fundraising details that were provided to USA TODAY, the group aims to raise $35 million before the elections. The figure is way high from the $25 million PAC collected for the 2016 elections. Within the first quarter of this year, the political action committee raised approximately $4 million.
Tiffany Muller, the President as well as the executive director of PAC reported that more than 100,000 people had contributed to the group within the first three months of the year. Approximately 40,000 people were first-time donors. The group is committed to ensuring the election of leaders who aim to transform the corrupt campaign arena.
The devoted donors are also looking forward to the campaign reforms as they believe that the American System is rigged against the common people as the rich campaign funders manipulate the leadership of the States. Funding the Democrats campaign is their way of regaining their voice in the system. The maximum amount an individual donor can donate to End Citizens United is $5,000.
The Democrats are frustrated about losing the Presidential seat to Donald Trump. Muller and his team are still investigating the races that it will participate in 2018. Some of the people who will be supported by the political action committee include a 30-year-old first-time political candidate, Jon Ossoff of Atlanta, Georgia, Jon Tester of Montana, and Sherrod Brown of Ohio.