James Bopp’s case is a typical example of ‘who laughs last laughs bests.’ In 2008, he got laughed out of court. James Bopp is a lawyer hailing from Terre Haute, Indiana. In 2008, he appeared before the federal three-judge panel in Washington, DC, pleading with the court to give his then client, Citizens United, the go-ahead to air their movie dabbed Hillary.
The video would be aired on the on-demand TV during the Democratic presidential primaries period. In the film, Citizens United portrayed Hillary Clinton not only as the “European socialist” but also ruthless political schemer. In the movie, Ann Coulter puts it that she “looks good in a pantsuit,” Hillary Clinton is accused by Kathleen Willey, who is featured in the film, of having hugged and kissed her in Whitehouse. She also admits in the movie that Clinton plotted to assassinate her cat.
The plea to air the film fell on the court’s deaf ears as they could not be permitted to broadcast or advertise the film during the period citing that it resulted to a 1hour 30 minutes campaign advertisement that didn’t spot who had paid for it. Bob tried to argue that the film was not different from other 60 minutes ads and the makers of the movie would deserve the First Amendment protections.
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However, this is when the white haired lawyer got an embarrassment of his lifetime when US District Court Judge Royce Lamberth busted into a loud laughter, asking him whether he had read the transcript and that film did not compare to a 60 minute. Fast forward, two years down, the Supreme Court reverted to Bopp’s arguments. Today, James Bopp, who is 63 years old, is arguing against every facet of campaign-finance regulations. Most of these cases he is currently pursuing, just as Citizens United’s all look preposterous and doomed, but Bopp is determined to as well get the last laugh.
End Citizens United is a political action committee that drives big money out of politics. Early this year, the organization collected $4 million in only three months alone and is ambitious that the amount will hit $35 million before the 2018 Congress’s midterm elections. The figure is according to the fundraising details relayed to USA TODAY.
Compared to its first election cycle in 2016, where PAC took $25 million, this one would be quite a significant surge. It is said that about 100000 people had contributed to PAC during this year’s first quarter, and 40,000 of them were first time givers, according to PAC’s president and executive director, Tiffany Muller. According to him, PAC’s mission is to elect campaign-finance reform champions into the congress. Miller continued to disclose that the average contribution that PAC received this year was $12.