America is among the few countries known for their strict but straightforward rules of governance. Politics is one of the sectors that have always been put in check because it means the state’s stability. However, in the recent past, most of the political laws have in one way been undermined or forgotten. Historically, since the U.S came into existence, the church is a nonprofit organization and has always been separated from the state.
Currently, owing to the political unrest, the separation is at stake. Various members of the Congress are on the move to tear down the Johnson Amendment. We all understand that without the amendment, nonprofit organizations will now have the power to be involved in politics directly. Bearing in mind the negative side of the move, End Citizens United is working day and night to ensure that the Johnson Amendment remains intact.
Although the Johnson Amendment has been in existence for decades, many citizens became aware of it during the last election. President Trump was one of the aspirants who made annulling the amendment his top campaign promises. To many, revising the bill didn’t sound like a big deal. However, for the few wealthy individuals, the move would mean joy to their game strategies as they would be allowed to donate unlimited cash to churches and receive it later during the campaigns.
End Citizens United understands the risk factor that comes with stripping down the amendment off its powers. The organization fears that the church money may find its way into campaigns which means disaster. For example, in 2015, the religious group recorded a total of $119 billion concerning donations and what followed the following year was an expensive election. Approximately, the recent polls recorded around $6.5 billion becoming the most expensive election in history.
The Johnson Amendment has been in play since 1950 and was proposed by Lyndon B. Johnson, then Texas’ Senator. The senator felt that religious organizations had an unfair advantage due to their tax-free status hence the law would work efficiently to separate them from the state. To the eyes of a majority, the law is more of a punishment than a preventive measure. In the recent past, the same churches have put their noses in the political business, and very few have faced the full force of the law.
According to Pew Research Center, majority of Americans are uncomfortable with the cheeky bill to strip the Johnson amendment its powers. However, a notable number of individuals are confusingly supporting the move. Even though the churches are backing up the bill, some churches are against it and have joined End Citizens United in the complicated fight to protect the amendment.
About End Citizens United
End Citizens United is among the few organizations in place and with the power to keep the government in check. Over and over again, the team has generated millions of dollars to fund the democratic candidates. Although the group has been in the game for less than a decade, it has defined its fundamental objective which is fighting for the rights of the people. As a preparation for the 2018 election, the organization is targeting to raise more than $35 million to support the democratic movement. Also, recently, the campaign unveiled a list of endorsed politicians for the next elections.