End Citizens United Raises Stunning Funds to kick off 2017.

The gears of political change in Washington D.C. are turning and there might be renewed hope on the horizon for progressives and moderates alike. End Citizens United is a political action committee that was created exclusively to combat the rise of dark money in the political world. The problem of dark money can be traced back to 2010 when a conservative group by the name of Citizens United argued before the Supreme Court for looser financial campaign restrictions. They won, inexplicably, and the results have been as quick as they have been disastrous. Lobbyists, special interests, corporations and billionaires are now running the country and there are only a few big names fighting back.

 

End Citizens United has seen a rise in their popularity since the election of Donald Trump to the White House. End Citizens United’s President, Tiffany Muller, says that Democrats are ‘furious’ and wish to start ‘fighting back’ to stop his agenda, stem the destruction of his cabinet members and their work, and set up a future that is a little bit more honest to the people. End Citizens United knows that they have a long road ahead of them so any surplus of activity has to be seen as a huge victory.

 

The early quarter of 2017 saw a huge boost in donations. Over 100,000 people donated to the PAC through the first quarter and nearly half of them were first time contributors. Over the first quarter the team at End Citizens United ended up raising a jaw dropping $4 million, a drop in the bucket to be sure, which was a great first start all of the same. The goal for 2017 is to raise a total of $35 million in advance of the 2018 Congressional Elections. It will be during 2018 that the country’s future really gets decided.

 

In order for End Citizens United to be successful they have had to get behind politicians who are willing to tackle the problem of campaign finance reform. Unfortunately campaign finance reform is partisan only at the top levels of government. Republicans and those on the right are firmly against campaign finance reform which leaves only the left wing and progressives ready and willing to fight for equality within government. End Citizens United knows that in order to get a constitutional amendment on the table that they are going to need strong legislators behind them. That has led Tiffany Muller’s PAC to endorse 11 democrats including top dems, Russ Feingold and Michael Bennet — Senators from Wisconsin and Colorado respectively. All eyes are now on 2018 to see if End Citizens United can parlay their momentum into a Washington D.C. game changing event and the stakes couldn’t be higher.

 

George Soros: Someone You Can Count On

With so much conflict in the world, it remains a rarity to find adequate leadership. Today, numerous people live in a world full of misconduct. Moreover, these people live in sub-standard conditions. However, some people exist with the purpose of changing the world for the better. Moreover, these people have dedicated their lives to fighting for freedom and equality. Furthermore, these people chose to take a stand during times when it appeared insane. With that being said, George Soros epitomizes such a person. Moreover, Soros remains a successful investor. Therefore, he became one of the wealthiest people in the world. Today, he remains arguably one of the world’s most important figures. To expound further, it becomes apparent how much adversity George had to overcome. Learn more about his profile at forbes.com

In fact, his life appears as if it came out of a page from a fairy tale book. For those unaware, George Soros comes from a Jewish background. As a native of Budapest, Hungary, George Soros grew up in a time when Nazi Germany reigned supreme in Europe. Therefore, the Nazi regime made no exception for his homeland. In addition, George Soros and his family managed to escape such chaos. To expound further, the genocide killed millions of Jews. Upon finding refuge, George Soros moved to England. While there, he attended the London School of Economics. Moreover, George Soros achieved his bachelor’s degree in economics. With such prestige and determination, George Soros also obtained a master’s degree in philosophy. Shortly after, George Soros culminated his business expertise to create his first hedge fund called the Double Eagle.

In less than a year, George Soros created his second hedge fund. This remains attributed to the fact that his first hedge fund remained extremely successful. Moreover, it went from $12 million dollars in value to over $25 billion dollars in value. As an esteemed businessman, George Soros continued to make strides in investing. In fact, he garnered a $1 billion dollar profit during the Black Wednesday UK currency crisis in 1992. Moreover, it proved his ability to withstand any economic downturn. Eventually, George Soros moved to America. Upon his arrival, Soros became actively involved in politics and issues affecting the American people. Know more on CNBC about George Soros.

Moreover, he has supported numerous political campaigns. Furthermore, George Soros has delved into humanitarian and philanthropic relief efforts. In fact, he donated over $11 billion dollars during 1979 and 2011. As a result, this placed him among the world’s most charitable people. To this day, George Soros continues to change the world. During his career, George has given countless people in his homeland the ability to pursue an education. Moreover, he focused his efforts on providing black students in South Africa with educational opportunities during apartheid.

Know more: https://www.nytimes.com/topic/person/george-soros

Charles Koch Warning Shot on Debate Stage

It would be appropriate for Donald Trump to know why Charles Koch informed ABC News reporter he could support Hillary Clinton before Mr. Trump was locked out of the nomination. Trump further noted some of her rhetoric concerns, sending the message that he was not pleased with the camper conservative.

Koch is considered to be one half of what Left refers to “Koch Brothers”. This is a phrase that will always evoke their heads. Charles other brother is David Koch, who resides in Manhattan. It would have been a great idea if Mr. Trump had discussed politics especially about the purpose policy of Charles Koch way before the general elections. By then, Mr. Trump would have discovered the reason why Charles Koch opted to rally behind Hillary Clinton was more illegal than what he would have expected. Most of the things would be tackling the challenges he faced during the election period and not spending much time facing Hillary.

Charles Koch can be considered to be one of the pundits in the conservative movement since he has been around politics for a longer period. Just like Mr. Trump, Charles Koch is also an outsider despite most of the progressive books saying he operates the Republican Death Star. Most of Mr. Koch’s comments on Hillary are his disappointment at how the conservative project was abruptly stopped in 2016.

According to some people, Trump primary victory means he has completely “redefined” the Republican Party. Unless Mr. Trump successfully discovers the springs responsible for lifting Reagan and many others, he might end up being remembered as a fringe entertainer just like George Wallace and Ross Perot.

Charles Koch is the board chairman and CEO of Koch Industries Inc. Koch has been holding these positions since 1967. During his reign, Koch industries have transformed to become a diverse and dynamic group of firms which have successfully managed to recruit more than 100,000 individuals worldwide.

Koch industries have managed to invest up to $65 billion in acquisitions and other expenditures. Koch Industries are involved in refining, fibers and polymers, biofuels and chemicals, electronic components, technologies and control equipment, forest and consumer products glass, energy, commodity trading, ranching, investments, and minerals.

Source: http://www.wsj.com/articles/charles-kochs-warning-1462400425

Dick DeVos Endorses Marco Rubio For President

The 2016 Republican race for the Presidency appears to be heading for a two person race to the finish line, which is headed by Donald Trump and his nearest challenger Marco Rubio. The Florida based politician has seen the DeVos family endorse his campaign against real estate magnate Trump and provide monetary assistance to both himself and his Super PAC, according to The Detroit News. Prior to their backing of Rubio the DeVos family had supported former Florida Governor Jeb Bush for the Presidency, but have switched their focus following the departure of Bush from the Republican race.

DeVos has increasingly looked to charity work and politics after making a success of the AmWay corporation following his appointment to the position of Vice President in 1984; Dick DeVos’ father created AmWay as a global brand by pushing forward its business interests around the world after his appointment to the board with responsibilities for foreign trade. Read this MLive exclusive for more info about Dick’s time with Amway.

The DeVos family has a link to Marco Rubio in his political career after Dick DeVos worked with the current Presidential candidate to push through education reform at state level in Florida, Wikipedia reports. Dick DeVos and wife Betsy have worked hard to improve the standard of education delivered across the U.S. through their charitable foundation, which they have used to create a number of charter schools across Michigan.

Betsy shares her approach for creating more quality educational opportunities for children in Detroit.

Posted by Dick DeVos on Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Over the course of the 2016 Presidential campaigns the DeVos family has been extremely active in backing the Republican candidates they feel possess similar values to themselves (read more about Dick’s donations here: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2015/03/dick_devos_weighs_in_on_house.html). Candidates have seen at least $21,000 provided for campaigns, and Super PAC groups have benefited at even greater financial levels to help elect a Republican to the White House. The endorsement of Marco Rubio comes after he has emerged as the closest rival to the front runner Donald Trump; the endorsement comes at a time when other Republican candidates, such as Ted Cruz and John Kasich are being called upon to leave the race as a head-to-head battle between Rubio and Trump.