End Citizens United is a political action committee that was formed on March 1st, 2015, to fight and protest against the Supreme Court Judgement in the Citizens United Vs Federal Election Commission. The judgment of the Supreme Court in the case allowed the corporations and high net worth individuals to pump in an unlimited amount of money in the U.S. election. With large amounts of untraceable and unaccountable money being pumped to the federal elections, it makes it only natural for the elected government then to be inclined towards favoring the corporations that funded their elections. It encourages keeping the interest of general population at the bottom of the priority list, if at all.
End Citizens United is formed through the donations made by general public and is committed to overhauling the campaign finance system through consistent protest and supporting political leaders who have the same interest. The initiative is meant to show the strength of the general mass to the government, candidates, elected officials, and billionaires pumping the unprecedented amount of money in the elections that their activities are not going unnoticed. End Citizens United aims to pressurize the lawmakers to revisit the Supreme Court judgment and make necessary reforms to make money flowing into the elections from the corporations, billionaires, and private entities, accountable and transparent.
To achieve its objectives, End Citizens United would back the pro-reform candidates and raise the issue of campaign finance reform in the politics to spread the awareness and garner support for more people across the country. The political action committee aims to increase its member base nationally through the outreach program, which would help add weight to their initiative and pressurize lawmakers to end the corruption of money in the politics.
End Citizens United is gaining consistent support from the citizens and can raise substantial funds on its own lately. In the first quarter of 2017, End Citizens United raised more than $4 Million and aimed to push that figure to close to $35 million by the 2018 midterm election are held. In the last year same time during the midterm election, End Citizens United PAC collected around $25 million. It shows there is growing support for the mission started by the End Citizens United. Around 100,000 people made a donation to the group during the first quarter, out of which 40,000 were making a contribution to the PAC for the first time.
As per Tiffany Muller, the primary aim of the End Citizens United as of now is to support the candidates who are pro-campaign finance reform. The group recently urged its members and supporters to donate to the campaign of a first-time candidate, Democrat Jon Ossoff. Tiffany Muller firmly believes that it is high time the voice of the grassroots citizens and donors needs to be heard. It is not possible unless the rigged political system became transparent and straightened, which is only possible if the Supreme Court pulls back the judgment.
Betsy DeVos is the wife of former Amway CEO Dick DeVos. Along with her husband, Betsy has established herself as one of the most influential and generous people in the United States. During the course of her lifetime, she has been involved in a number of business and philanthropic activities. Betsy is the chairwoman of the Windquest Group as well as being a board member of Neurocare. As well as being involved in business, Betsy has also participated in a number of charitable activities in things such as education, the arts and also community development. Today, Betsy is also involved in politics as well. She is the current secretary of education under the presidential administration of Donald Trump. At this position, she hopes to make improvements in education for everyone in the United States.
While Betsy has been involved in a number of charitable activities, one of the most notable causes she has been active in is education. For years, Betsy has looked to reform the educational system in which parents can choose the school that their child attends. With this change, students will be in position to go to a school that appeals to them. Along with offering school choice, Betsy has been very vocal about the availability of school vouchers. With vouchers, parents will now have the money available to help send their children to private school. This will help them save on tuition. With these changes that Betsy has suggested, she believes that people will be in position to get a better quality education and be in better position to reach their life goals. Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com.
Another charitable cause that Betsy has participated in has been in the arts. She currently contributes 11.6 million dollars per year to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. With her contributions, the organization is able to raise money for their various events. Along with providing funds for events, Betsy also gives money for professional development. The money she contributes helps give managers of the organization education and training in order to become better at what they do. The funds help give managers the training on how to raise more funds for the organization. As a result of her contributions, the arts center has been able to consistently meet its annual fundraising goals and maintaining quality events.
When it comes to her business career, Betsy Devos is the current chairwoman of the Windquest Group which she co founded in 1989. The company invests in clean energy, manufacturing and technology. With this company, Betsy and her husband Dick have been able to contribute to the improvement of these three important industries. Along with being the chairwoman of the Windquest Group, Betsy is also a chief investor and board member of Neurocare. This company specializes in treating brain disorders such as attention deficit disorder, depression and autism. Visit Betsy’s profile on Twitter.
George Soros is a brave politician and philanthropist born on August 12, 1930, in Budapest Hungary. He ran away from his country to settle in Europe where he worked in both the formal and informal sectors to put himself through school at the London School of Economics.
He later relocated to New York’s Wall Street to start his career as a businessman. He established his hedge fund in 1969 which was subsequently known as the quantum fund using $12 million that he had. He used the profits to create another fund known as Soros Fund Management. Soros is a successful entrepreneur who has an interest in natural gas and uses his political influence to realize a gain on his investments as reported by Politico. Forbes revealed his net worth to be $25.2 billion as at February 2017.
George Soros is a philanthropist who does not shy away from supporting courses that are close to his heart in various countries. In 1984 for instance, he injected funds into the Open Society Foundation whose focus was to purchase printing machines for Universities, Libraries and civil society groups in Hungary to enable them reprint publications that were prohibited. The organization has spread to more than 100 countries around the world. Today, Soros is associated with close to 30 organizations which he finances to give them more power. Visit projectsyndicate.com to know more about George.
Soros is also known for being at the center stage of well-known revolutions such as helping Old Warsaw Pact and ex-USSR transition to democracy and open markets as opposed to the authoritarian rule. He also played a key role in overthrowing Serbia’s Slobodan Milosevic in 2,000 and Ukraine’s fight for better leaders in 2004 and 2013-2014.Currently, he is channeling millions to support the Democrats in the United States and is also helping Black Lives Matter.
In Europe, he was involved in the transition from communism to capitalism in the early 1990s.He continues to voice his ideologies through the network of Open Society Foundations especially on matters revolving around Britain’s exit from the European Union. Soros is passionate about politics and fights against authoritarian rule, oppression, and dictatorship. He believes in a free economy and a free world.
Despite facing challenges and not always being on the winning side, George never tires from fighting for what he believes in. He has managed to remain relevant in what is considered to be a murky field. Indeed he is a force to reckon on. Politica has described him as a person who can make clear decisions in the wake of confusion, and other leaders should draw some lessons from him.
The world needs more people like George Soros who are willing to support meaningful courses and also help steer countries in the right direction without being intimidated. His personality is admirable, and one that politicians should emulate.
Read this story at Politico about George Soros.