The 2017 Tax Reform Bill introduced by the Republican Party has been one of the most controversial and divisive pieces of legislation introduced in the U.S. over the last few decades. End Citizens United recently released a statement in response to the fact the inclusion of an amendment to the Tax Reform Bill had been removed which would have repealed much of the campaign funding legislation introduced in the 1950s by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The fact the Johnson Amendment has been one of the least controversial pieces of campaign funding regulation in the history of the U.S. did not seem to matter to the Republican Party who were determined to carry through a campaign promise of President Donald Trump.
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) January 5, 2018
End Citizens United had promised to fight any attempts to repeal any or all of the Johnson Amendment which had been in place for more than half a century. Over the course of the last few months, the Republican Party have been looking to repeal part of the Johnson Amendment which would allow them to eliminate the part of the law prohibiting religious groups from directly funding political parties or candidates during election seasons; one of the major reasons for this was the belief many donors would funnel their political donations through churches and receive a tax break from the donations made.
The fact the Amendment appears to be safe from the meddling of Republican lawmakers is not the end of the fight for End Citizens United as the group fears a recent Executive Order signed by President Trump is being used a further back door to repealing the Amendment. Introducing the Executive Order, President Trump revealed the IRS was being instructed not to remove the tax-exempt status of any religious group providing campaign funding for political candidates and parties.
End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller has been fighting to protect any further destruction of campaign financing rules which have been under threat like never before by Republican lawmakers since the 2010 Citizens United decision; End Citizens United is determined to fight to repeal Citizens United from its Washington D.C. headquarters. Remaining a traditional Political Action Committee, End Citizens United only accepts donations to a maximum value of $5,000 from donors to remain free from political influence from major donors. Across the country, three million members have come together to build a network of donors who had already raised $7 million for the 2018 midterm elections by the middle of 2017.
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