In January 2008, James Bopp faced a lot of humiliation in court, he was from Indiana, and he had to appear in front of a panel of three judges in the court of Washington, DC. He had to submit his case in favor of his client named Citizens United. That he should be permitted to air his movie (based on the life of Hillary) on TVs and even in theaters, the movie was a political campaign that was to be aired on air before elections, so people should know the facts of Hillary who was the candidate, fighting for the presidency, in coming elections.
This film was all about the life and facts related to Hilary Clinton, Hillary’s political career and as a ruthless European socialist according to factcheck.org. But the Election Commission did not permit Citizens United to advertise this film on any level or medium. This film was banned because of some reasons which were; there was no clear message in the film, no proper documentation, and who paid for this film were not even named. But in court, James Bopp fought for the rights of Citizens United and told the judge that this movie is not different from other 60 minutes movies, this film had his own content writer and everything was directed and produced in the same manner as generally all the films are produced, so the client should be given his first amendment protection, and they should be allowed to keep things private and still air this film. But the District judge did not allow the client to air their movie, as he mentioned that, this movie was not similar to other entertainment movies.
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And after exactly two years later, everything changed, there were no fellow lawyers laughing at this white lawyer, the decision of District judge was overruled by Supreme court decision. And campaign fencing law, which was also brought up by Bopp was then finished by Supreme court, giving the client their first amendment protection. Nobody even thought that the random lawyer from Indiana would be able to win this case, and now because of his success, he is practicing and dealing with a lot of new cases related to campaign finance and is trying to bring change in this general law.
The citizens united is an active political committee which is focusing on bringing back the money they have already lost in elections. And has been able to collect a lot of money on its own, through fundraising as well, in only three months, the money they have collected is almost around $4 million. And they believe that they will be able to collect almost $35 million before the 2018 elections. And this collected money is a clear indication of their flight towards success and bringing back all the money they lost in 2016 elections.
Visit endcitizensunited.org for more information about the PAC.