James Bopp was made fun of in the court on January 2008. The white lawyer from Indiana was appearing before a three judge bench in Washington, DC. He was to make submissions that his client; the Citizens United, should be allowed the popular movie at that time; Hillary: The Movie. The movie was to show during the Democratic presidential primaries.
In the film, Citizens United showed Mrs. Hillary Clinton as a political schemer and a ruthless European socialist. The federal Elections Commission had denied the Citizens United the right to advertise or air the movie during the entire primaries season. The ban was necessitated by the fact that the film was a 90 minutes campaign message with no clear documentation on who was responsible for its payments. In court, James Bopp argued the movie was not in any way different from the 60 minutes videos, and the fact that as the content creator, his client deserved the first amendment protections. It is at this point that the US District judge, Lamberth laughed out loud protesting that the video could not be compared to a 60 minutes film.
Two years later, no one was laughing; the Supreme Court had overturned Lamberth decision. The Supreme Court also bought in most of Bopp’s argument erasing a century old precedent on the campaign financing law.
Citizen United is a culmination of various years of commitment by Bopp to make changes to the countries finance regulations. These rules were filed in very obscure cases that nobody expected Bopp to win. But, he is not done yet, Bopp is pursuing different challenges to practically dismantle every facet of the campaign-finance regulation.
The End Citizens United is a political committee that focuses on getting rid of the huge amount of money in politics. In the past, the company has also been able to raise a quite substantial amount of cash on its own. In the last three months, Citizen United has been able to collect over $4 million. The management anticipates that it will be raising $35 million before the 2018 elections. The amount would represent an upward surge from the initial $25 million that PAC took in the 2016 election.
During these three months, over 100,000 have made their contributions in support of PAC. Almost half of these people were making contributions for their first time. The vast number of subscriptions from the general public shows the high trust levels that the firm has gained in the past few years. According to the group management committee, the objective is to ensure that a campaign finance reform is realized in the congress. Tiffany Muller, the CEO, and president of the group argues that they are still in consideration of the different races that they should be fighting come the next elections.