There seems to be a lot of noise coming out of Washington D.C. in 2017, but most of that noise has not produced much change — which is fortunate for the American people. Unfortunately, it seems like the GOP has banded together in order to force what could be a complete disaster of a tax bill down the throats of regular, modern-day Americans. While a poor tax bill is one thing, the team at End Citizens United is making a point to acknowledge that the GOP tax bill has very real potential repercussions for the state of modern elections. Stuffed within the bloated GOP tax bill, which is largely a tax cut for the wealthy, is a provision that would allow churches to become unregular dark money funnelling machines.
End Citizens United is a political action committee that has been focused on raising awareness to the problems caused by the 2010 Supreme Court decision regarding the conservative propaganda group, Citizens United. The decision essentially opened up the doors for dark money to flood into politics by tearing away vital regulations that prevented billionaires from flooding politics with their money. End Citizens United is currently led by PAC President Tiffany Muller. Their focus is to get people into Washington that are willing to introduce a congressional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision and give power back to the average American voter. With the new GOP tax bill, that mission could become almost impossible. The reason lies with the Johnson Amendment.
Introduced by Lyndon B. Johnson back in the ’50s, the Johnson Amendment provided churches with a 501(c)(3) tax exemption in exchange for their express dismissal from becoming political stomping grounds. For years the Johnson Amendment has stopped charities, churches and social welfare businesses from using their power to manipulate voters. With the GOP tax bill as it is currently constructed, this amendment would be largely thrown by the wayside. Why is this so terrible? Let us explain.
With the Johnson Amendment effectively null and void, churches will have tax-free benefits and the ability to use their pedestal to sway elections while allowing millionaires to funnel money straight to Washington D.C. Political donors would be able to go up to their church of choice in order to donate massive sums of money, that would then be written off as tax deductible, in order to buy key legislators. When this happens, everyone in America loses. Millionaires should not have more free speech than others and this would effectively give them that ability.
End Citizens United is trying to make a difference by becoming a grassroots champion for the American people. SPreading the word and working with End Citizens United can help make a difference in this election and those to come in the future. Read more:https://actionnetwork.org/groups/end-citizens-united