Little you probably didn’t know about End Citizens United and its support for the Johnson amendment

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.

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Teen Donates Sweet 16 Money to Ethopian Children in Need

For many teenage girls, their sixteenth birthday is one long awaited; a symbol not just of their beginning entrance into womanhood, but also a time to celebrate their day with family and friends in a celebration grander than any other they’ve ever had. For one sixteen year old, however, her Sweet 16 isn’t a chance to indulge and honor herself, but rather take advantage of an opportunity to give to others much less fortunate.

After a trip to Ethiopia, Nubia Wilson of Antoich, California witnessed the extreme poverty that people live in and decided that she wanted to help in any way she could. When family and friends began to ask what she wanted to do for her birthday, she said that she would like them to donate money to the cause of creating a fifth grade in one of the school, which stops at grade four. She created a page on Crowdrise, and has since earned $2,000 of her $10,000 dollar goal and has even caught the attention of celebrities and philanthropists like Tom Rothman. 

Wilson, who says that she want to graduate and attend university to become a humanitarian lawyer, hopes to hand deliver the money herself this upcoming summer when she makes a return trip to Ethopia.

The New World of Laurene Powell Jobs

For many people, simply having 11 billion dollars and a yacht would be enough. Laurene Powell Jobs has taken a careful look at that money and realized that she needs to use it to make the world better than it was. After the death of her husband, famed Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Jobs has stepped out into the spotlight, and her work has shown that she knows how to use the finances that she has inherited to make a difference in the world around her. From philanthropy to politics, she brings a great deal of verve and grace to the world as she sees it.

Jobs grew up in New Jersey, and from there, she decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. After she graduated, she spent time as a fixed-income trading specialist before working at Merrill Lynch Asset Management. The result was a profound and lasting interest in finance, and from there, she pursued and earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Stanford University.

In many ways, Jobs has always been doing good. She is the co-founder of College Track, where lower-income and minority students are offered the boost that they need to make the transition to college. However, in recent years, she has become more comfortable stepping into the forward running of philanthropic concerns, and as a result founded the Emerson Collective, which offers grants and partnerships to people who are looking into educational reform and human rights issues at all levels.

On top of that, Jobs has recently emerged as one of the top donors for the super PAC Ready for Hillary, which is committed to the presidential campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. As indications point towards Jobs taking a more visible space in the race, the question becomes whether she herself will run. She has had a great deal of success influencing policy from her social works, but being a policy maker would be a new step.

There are many different things that she could do, and whether she wants to pursue actual political ambition or to continue making waves in the philanthropic community, it is clear that the way is open to her.