For ages, the church and state have remained separated in the United States. However, this norm is about to change. Congress members are working to alter the powers of Johnson Amendment. The law does not allow the churches and non-profit organizations to support or participate in political campaigns. However, the End Citizens United are opposing the repelling of the law by the United States Democrats.
Some individuals have been aware of the existence of Johnson Amendment until the changes brought by the 2016 national campaigns. The current president Donald Trump during his campaign assured not to support the adoption of the Johnson Amendment. Majority of the citizens were not aware of the implication of repealing the amendment. The canceling of Johnson Amendment will open a loophole for people to donate indiscriminately to tax-exempt organizations. These organizations will in turn channel the funds to a source of choice.
End Citizens United are at the forefront to push for existence of the Johnson Amendment Law. Their president Tiffany Muller stated that the repelling decision is a plan to convert churches into secret political tools. Democrats are repelling the Johnson Amendment due to the possibility of support from the non-profit organizations. The year 2015, American citizens donated over $119 billion to churches. 2016 election was the most expensive in the history of America, which spend approximately $6.5 billion. If the amendment is opposed, the $119 billion might be channeled to support the political campaigns.
Johnson Amendment got passed in the mid-1950s. It was suggested by then Texas, Lyndon B. Johnson U.S. Senator. The accusations by the religious groups caused the formation of the law by the senator. His opinion was that, non- profit organizations had a biased advantage due to the fact they are tax-exempt formations.
Democrats have attached the Johnson amendment to other legislation pieces to cause an oversight passing and do away with the law. House of financial services has grabbed the much of the power from the law. IRS was barred from investigating Johnsons Amendment violations an indication that the law has no implications to those who abuse it.
During a study in 2016 by Pew Research Center, 66 percent of Americans opposed the combination of politics in religion. 100 of non- profit religious’ organizations have joined the End Citizens United to fight the repel of Johnson Amendment. The law which has been in existence for 63 years.
End Citizens United (ECU) is committed to reverse the decision of Supreme Court’s Citizens Unite that supported the unclear funding of politics in 2010. Over 325,000 people are in support for the ECU group. They have appended their signatures on the petition demanding the pass on of the legislation by the Congress.
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— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) December 8, 2017
End Citizens United has endorsed Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado and former Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, 11 Democratic candidates. The group has a strategy to support contenders through initiatives like direct mailers, TV adverts, and voting. They target to set up an expenditure plan. The team hopes to assist in passing campaign finance restructuring. For more information visit:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/as-mueller-probes-russian-facebook-ads-our-elections_us_59cd238fe4b04575111f390d