End Citizens United Pressures the FEC Over Loose Social Media Political Ad RulesEnd Citizens United Pressures the FEC Over Loose Social Media Political Ad Rules

During the 2016 election cycle, Russian agents purchased thousands of ads on American social media sites – many of them pro-Trump and many more anti-Clinton. But few Americans knew where those Twitter and Facebook ads came from, or who paid for them.

They came from Russia, bought and paid for. But today’s campaign finance rules are so loose and inadequate, a hostile foreign power was able to have enormous sway over who U.S. citizens chose as their leader.

Now a group called End Citizens United is putting pressure on the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) to open its rule-making process for a reexamination of how digital political ads should be regulated.

End Citizens United submitted more than 150,000 signatures from citizens who are demanding that the FEC do a better job to provide better regulation of the kinds of ads that can pop up on sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more.

As of today, such regulation is nonexistent.

End Citizens United is a political action committee (PAC) formed in 2015. It was a reaction to the now infamous 2010 Supreme Court decision that came to be known as the

Citizens United” ruling. What this Supreme Court did was allow unlimited amount of political “dark money” to flood into the U.S. election process.

The Supreme Court essentially ruled that “money is free speech” and thus could not be regulated. The ruling also established the idea that an international mega-corporation was essentially the same as “a human being.”

After the 2010 Supreme Court ruling, giant corporations and billionaires could donate as much money as they wanted to a candidate of their choice – in effect, “buying” the Congressman and Senators who serve as the representatives of all the American people.

The long-term goal of the new End Citizens United PAC is to overturn the 2010 Supreme Court ruling. To get that done, the people of America must support an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution – it’s the only way to countermand a final Supreme Court decision.

A new Amendment requires two-thirds of the 50 states to ratify it, and then it must survive approval by Congress also on a two-thirds majority vote. It’s a long road to haul, but the members of End Citizens United are determined to make it happen.

In the meantime, there are more immediate fights — such as the alarming invasion of American social media platforms by outside agents, such as Russian troll farms. That’s why End Citizens United is working hard to pressure the FEC into tightening the rules on who can and cannot buy ads on Facebook, Twitter and other popular social media sites used by millions of American every day. Learn more:http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/end-citizens-united-pac-wants-make-its-name-reality

 

End Citizens United – Protecting the Johnson Amendment

Campaign finance laws have recently come under threat, but the situation can still be salvaged. Recently, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order that is basically designed to weaken the Johnson Amendment.

What is the Johnson Amendment?

Under the Johnson Amendment, organizations classified as 501 (c) (3) are forbidden from engaging in political campaign funding either directly or indirectly. The amendment outlines that organizations found to be participating in campaign funding risk losing their tax exemption privileges, among other things.

Organizations under this classification include churches, universities, and charities, among others that are expected to be politically neutral.

The Consequences

If repealed, the Johnson Amendment will open the door to unscrupulous campaign financing. It will mean that politics will be more entrenched in such institutions, and this will create even greater political divide in an environment already polarized by politics.

There are also concerns that unscrupulous individuals will take advantage of the repeal to further their political ambitions. If repealed, donations to such organizations would be exempt to taxation – additionally, the donors would also stand to get some of their taxes exempted. As such, these organizations would essentially work as conduits for such individuals and their benefactors.

Churches are at the center of the spotlight in this situation. This is because the Johnson Amendment was seen as a means of separating the church from the state, which is guaranteed in the American constitution.

A Republican Plot?

Since assuming the president’s office, Trump has been repealing many laws and amendments he considers as liberal. The latest attempt to destroy the Johnson Amendment, however, seems to be a joint effort by Republicans as a whole.

While President Donald J. Trump has already signed an executive order limiting the Johnson Amendment, Republicans are pushing bills seeking to destroy the law in the house. Given that they have the numbers, there are worries that they may actually have their way and give way to the said consequences.

Fighting for the Johnson Amendment

Several organizations have come out against the move to destroy the Johnson Amendment. End Citizens United, in particular, issued a press release in August 30, 2017 condemning the move and seeking to sensitize people about what the Johnson Amendment stands for.

End Citizens United is a political action committee (PAC) that relies on ordinary citizens for its funding. It has a limit on how much any one individual can contribute to the organization, but it is also one of the biggest PACs in the U.S. It mostly funds liberal candidates, but it is entirely guided on principles such as justice, equality, and freedom of speech, among others. It has wide following, and its continued growth is seen as an effective countermeasure against big money politics that mostly serve the interests of the elite. Learn more:http://endcitizensunited.org/?source=rtiads_gs_ecu_h

 

The Key Issues Facing America as per The Donald

Real estate mogul Donald Trump is dead serious about changing the nation. He told Skout and the New York Times that in order to bring back the American Dream, a number of issues need to be addressed. Here are his take on the issues of importance:

  • The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) – In order to destroy the sanguine terrorist group, he would use military might to destroy the oil fields they have captured and now operate. By starving the group of a steady stream of revenue, their organization would collapse. Trump would also find the equivalent of a General Douglas MacArthur or General Patton to be the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Presumably, this gritty leader would whip the armed forces back into shape.
  • Immigration Reform – Trump would enforce existing immigration policies which call for anyone entering the nation illegally to be deported. He would also erect what he described was a “wall” along the US-Mexico border. This is not a fence that can wire cut or easily dug under. In addition, he would have Mexico pay to build the wall. There is no question that Trump takes offense at how Mexico encourages its citizens to enter the United States. It is not clear how he would get the nation to build the wall. The cost of the wall is also unclear. It would cost roughly $6 billion to build a fence along the border.
  • Unemployment – Trump would enact policies to compel American companies to reshore their jobs back to the United States from places like Mexico, China, and Japan. He believes this would create a job bonanza for Americans.