Citizens United is a conservative non-profit organization. Members describe themselves as advocates for restoring government to citizen control, limited government, free enterprise, national security, national sovereignty and strong families.
Citizens United supports conservative causes even when it conflicts with the Republican Party. For example, during the 2008 Presidential Campaign they opposed Republican John McCain, condemning him as too liberal. Some of Citizens United's objectives include ending U.S. involvement in the United Nations, preventing the creation of a United Nations International Criminal Court and opposing "one-world government."
Citizens United promotes its views through the production of documentary films and videos, such as "Border War: The Battle Over Illegal Immigration," "Hype: The Obama Effect" and "Rediscovering God in America." One of their most prominent films to date is the anti-Hillary Clinton documentary "Hillary: The Movie."
Citizens United v. FEC
In 2008, Citizens United planned on airing "Hillary: The Movie" on a video-on-demand service and advertising it on TV during the presidential primary election. However, since Citizens United receives corporate funding, the Federal Elections Commission ruled that the McCain-Feingold finance law prohibited airing it during the election. After losing the appeal in the U.S. District Court, Citizens United appealed to the Supreme Court which ruled five to four that McCain-Feingold's prohibition of broadcast, cable and satellite "electioneering communications" by either unions or corporations violated the First Amendment.