End Citizens United Raises Money Against The Big Money 20

Meet the Big Money 20

When one mentions politicians such as Ted Cruz, Ryan Paul, Mike Bost, and Mike Coffman, there are some obvious patterns and shared traits. For one, they are all Republicans who are currently in Congress. These individuals, alongside 16 others, however, have another common characteristic that has been assigned to them by the End Citizens United political action committee. They are all members of the latest “Big Money 20” list of politicians that this organization consider to be the weakest link of Congress.

The Criteria of Selection

The reason why the organization felt compelled to place these individuals on a list comes from their behavior towards donations. It is no secret that special interest groups donate large sums of money during candidates’ campaigns. The purpose of this is to get the prospective election winner’s favor, which will affect the way they vote during bill passing stages later on. The people that were placed on the Big Money 20 list are all notorious for accepting large donations. A lot of them have gone as far as to place special interest groups’ views before their own.

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What is the goal?

End Citizens United was formed to help fix the unfair political system in the United States. After the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Citizens United in 2010, this PAC was created to fight against everything that this judicial precedent creates. This includes treating corporations as individuals, allowing limitless donations from special interest groups, and more.

So when it comes to these politicians who are currently serving in Congress, End Citizens United attempts to do everything in their power to prevent the re-election. According to the president of the organization Tiffany Muller, this PAC will not hesitate to use everything within their power to reach the goal.

The Means

End Citizens United is a lot more than an idea. They currently have over 3 million members who have joined and made donations. Even though there is a limit of $5,000 that PACs can receive in donations, this organization gathered $25 million in 2016 that went towards the same purpose of affecting the election. Their goal for the upcoming election in 2018 is up to $35 million. Experts, however, disagree that there will be any major impact that the organization will have on the election as most of these 20 politicians are not very vulnerable.

Regardless of the final outcome, End Citizens United remains one of the most powerful PACs in Washington. Their membership count keeps increasing as seen by the amount of money they are raising year-to-year. Ultimately, it just seems like a matter of time before this organization starts having a mainstream impact on the politics in the United States.

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George Soros continues to strengthen the world

George Soros has become one of the leading political contributors in the country for Democrats but has also been one of the leading philanthropists of his time. He has contributed more than $12 billion dollars to organizations that fight for and defend freedom of expression and accountable governments, and also fight for transparency and societies that protect the right of justice and equality. Read this story at Politico.com about George Soros.

George Soros has based some of his giving on groups that have increasingly faced intolerance including Europe’s Roma people, drug users, sex workers and those in the LGBTI community worldwide. George Soros has also faced discrimination first hand as a child.

George Soros was born and raised in 1930s Hungary and managed to survive the Nazi occupation of 1944-1945, which led to the death of more than 500,000 Hungarian Jews. George Soros and his family survived by obtaining fake identification papers, lying about their background and helping others escape as well. George Soros left Hungary in 1947, when the Communists began consolidating power. He moved away to London, where he studied at the London School of Economics, while working as a railway porter and night-club waiter.

In 1970, George Soros decided to emigrate to the United States, where he became one of the most successful investors in U.S. history. In New York, George Soros launched his hedge fund, the Soros Fund Management, making him extremely successful. George Soros then used his wealth to open up the Open Society Foundations. The Open Society Foundations is a collective o foundations, partners and projects spread out over 100 countries. George Soros established the Open Society Foundations.

In 1979, George Soros became strongly engaged in philanthropy and gave scholarships to blacks living under apartheid in South Africa. In the late 1980s, George Soros defended the share of ideas in the Communist Eastern Bloc. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, George Soros launched the Central European University, which was a school that stimulated critical thinking. Following the end of the Cold War, George Soros expanded his work to the United States, Africa and Asia. He is one of a few philanthropists who has fought back against the “war on drugs” saying it is harmful and not helpful.

As Soros continues to get older, he remains active with the Open Society Foundations, advocating for positive change with global leaders in private and publicly. George Soros has become a strong financial backer of several organizations including the Global Witness, the International Crisis Group, the European Council on Foreign Relations, and the Institute for New Economic Thinking.

Changing the Political and Social Scenes-End Citizens United PAC

In 2010, the Citizens United legislation was passed by the judiciary, and it made it possible for billionaires and other people of influence to participate in the funding of the election campaigns for their favorite candidates. The spirit of the legislation was that the corporations were people, but the legislation has a loophole that makes it more of a curse than a blessing to the American Electorate. The just concluded general election was all the evidence that was needed to show how terribly dirty money and influence can affect the election process and the life of the general population.

 

There is, however, one group that had foreseen the effects of the legislation and were pushing to have amendments done as early as 2015. The group, which has come to be known as ‘End Citizens United’ was brought together by the common purpose to try and overturn the legislation that has made it possible for Super PAC to be part of the elections processes. When the group started, they only had $2million in their deposits. However, this amount had been raised to more than $30million by the end of the campaign cycle, and the group managed to support all the candidates that they felt were supportive of their reform agenda.

 

Now that the elections are over, the group has shifted all their concentration on making an amendment to the constitution. They believe that the passing of this law was one of the most naïve things that judiciary has done because it has opened the door to massive corruption in the government. They have purposed to keep raising funds to help them get a hearing from the Supreme Court and even have the constitution amended.

 

The first step in the process is, of course, trying to get the one million signatures that are needed to file a petition at the court. They have managed to collect 300,000 signatures so far. When asked about the measures they are taking to get more signatures, Richard Carbo mentioned that the group was liaising with another group by the name of “Ready for Hillary” in an attempt to get them to boost their signatures. The Group which was supporting Hillary’s campaign has more than four million members, which is a good source of the signatures that the End Citizens PAC needs.

 

Several analysts have been looking into the goals that the group is aiming to reach, and they are a little skeptical. One analyst stated that even if the group had the $100,000 needed, getting a hearing from the Supreme Court was still hard. He, however, added that if the election results of the 2016 race are anything to go by, it is entirely possible to beat the odds and achieve their goal.

 

Betsy DeVos-Childrens’ Right’s Advocate

Besty DeVos is an advocate for all children and their rights. Regardless of one’s personal and or moral values, basic human rights are her top priority for every child in America.

According to cnn.com, President Trump recently rescinded a ruling from prior President Obama in which the federal government took control over certain areas of education. President Trump shifted the power of ruling on those areas back to local government. Mrs. DeVos has been viewed by some as disputing the President on this issue, this is not true. Mrs. DeVos is a strong advocate for the rights of all children. She is very passionate in her beliefs towards children’s rights, at the federal and local level.

Evidence of her passion towards her beliefs are easily found sprinkled generously throughout her past. Betsy is renown for her fund raising and behind the scenes organizational skills. She views herself as someone who has always thought outside of the box and has been affiliated with the Republican party on various projects for decades. It has been stated that she is not one that backs down from any powerful or elite group. Betsy’s charitable donations, along with her husband’s, stood at an astounding $139 million in 2015, which landed them at #24 on a Forbes magazine list of top charitable people. Accelerating transformation, leveraging support and cultivating leadership are all extremely important to Betsy DeVos. The DeVos family founded a charitable organization in 1989 which provides tremendous support for education, community, the arts, justice, and leadership.

Betsy grew up in Michigan with her parents Elsa and Edgar Prince. She attended Holland Christian High School in her hometown and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in administrative business and politics from Calvin College in Grand Rapids. While at college Betsy was involved in campus politics. She married Dick DeVos and together they now have four grown children. She is the chairwoman of Windquest Group, a company that she and her husband founded in 1989.

In summation, we find someone who will do whatever it takes to protect the rights of America’s children, even when it isn’t popular.

Read more: http://nypost.com/2017/01/30/why-we-need-an-outsider-like-betsy-devos-as-education-secretary/