All Americans who love democracy are not happy about the fact that super PACs have found their way into the politics of the country and are now calling the stakes in the elections. If the just concluded election is anything to go by, there is a lot that needs to be done to clean up the sources that politicians source their campaign funds. One group that has an ambitious dream to amend this aspect of the constitution is End Citizens United. The group was created with the goal of raising funds from the public to support their candidates of choice. Now that the elections have been concluded, the PAC has another item on their agenda. They are hoping to have the constitution amended to lock out Super PACs out of the electoral process.
When they started the last campaign cycle, it seemed as if they did not have enough to go by, but by the time the elections cycle was concluding, they had managed to raise more than $25 million to support their candidates. Now they are making headlines of their own because of the large fund amounts they have received in the first quarter of the year. The management of the PAC states that they have received more than 40,000 donations from people who had never donated before. They add that this is because, after the disappointing election results, many people were left feeling helpless. These people all believe that making a contribution to fund ECUs activities is the least they can do to bring some positive change in the society.
The dream to have the constitution amended may seem a little over ambitious for spectators. The skepticism is because to have the motion considered; the group needs to collect a million signatures from the masses. So far, they have managed 300,000 and are hoping that by joining hands with the movement known as ready for Hillary, they will manage to raise the remaining signatures. Ready for Hillary has more 4 million followers. The group is gearing up for the congressional mid-terms which will be held in 2018. They are projecting that they will have raised more than $35 million to help in their campaigns by then.
The president and chief executive officer of the group, Tiffany Muller believes that contrary to the beliefs of some people, they are getting somewhere with their brand of grassroots activism. She believes that they will manage to remove the influence of big money on politics and that the impact of corrupt people such as the Koch brothers will soon be a thing of the past in American politics. It is possible to support the group by making a contribution to their Go Fund Me Campaign, which is still open.
End Citizen United is a political action group that mainly deals with campaign finance reform. The primary objective is to channel millions of dollars towards the election of Democratic candidates running for competitive seats such as Senate and House races throughout the country. In its initial launch, the group raised more than 2-millin dollars from small donors. It projects to raise at least $30 million by the end of the election cycle.
The ultimate goal of the group is to have constitutional amendments passes that reverse the Supreme Court decision in 2010 that gave rise to super PAC. The decision unleashed a wave of dark money into the American politics. Currently, at least 325,000 people are actively involved in the end citizen united petition, which demands that Congress pass such law.
The group has collaborated with Ready for Hillary, which has 4 million people. This latest development is likely to increase the huge following of End Citizen United and reach out to many liberal supporters. The group is endorsing many Democratic candidates with the intention of helping them win elective positions to both congress and senate.
The group is actively backing candidates it views as favoring political finance reforms and those candidates under attack by billionaire conservatives like Koch brothers and other dark money groups. End Citizens United has set up independent expenditure arm with the intention of financially backing candidates through various initiatives such as polling, television ads, and direct mailers.
End Citizens United is among the highest spending progressive groups in the concluded 2016 elections. It topped in states like Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Missouri Senate races. The key strategy is to cut through the noise in the elections and reach persuadable voters in all battleground states. To achieve the goal, it uses attention-grabbing and precise advertising strategy. They have a data-driven online advertising program that helps the group play an important and efficient role in competitive races throughout the country. By 2016 Election Day, an estimate of at least 26 million voters in major battleground states had watched the ECU ads online. The strategy relied on reaching key voters across all devices and screens to sway voters and propel the candidates to victory. The plan saw the election of Catherine Masto in Nevada, making her the first Latina to be a US senator.
The group is engaging persuadable voters in the States using superior targeting and innovative placements. The content has a digital audience in mind and uses traditional television models to catch the attention of electors and to deliver messages that resonate with the voters. The aim of End Citizens United is to lock out billionaires who know little about the state of affairs of Americans but want to impact opinions and sway elections through funding super PACS. End Citizens United believes billionaires and corporations should leave the electorate to make free choices.
George Soros is one of the most wealthy magnates in the world. He is also a philanthropist on opensocietyfoundations.org. He was born in Hungary while Nazis had the control over the country and spent his entire childhood with his family running away in search of peace. It is one of the factors that has contributed to his interest in engaging in philanthropic activities primarily to help refugees and immigrants. Soros attended London School of Economics where he pursued a degree and a master’s degree in philosophy. After school, George went to the United States for a job in Wall Street. He had a keen interest in financial markets industry where he ventured; a move turned out to be successful that he was able to get his parent from Hungary.
Today George Soros is ranked by Forbes as one of the richest men in the world. In fact, in the year 2010, he was ranked 35th on the list of the wealthiest people in the world. He has made investments in various industries and succeeded. In the year 1993, George Soros founded Open Society Foundation. The move was meant to help immigrants, refugees and help people to get justice. The foundation has grown, and today it is operating in over 37 countries where most of them are in Europe. The foundation has helped hundred thousands of peoples to get justice, grow their business and satisfy their personal needs.
About Open Society Foundation
The organization borrows its name from a book by Karl Popper titled ‘Open Society and its Enemies.’ Open Society foundations the second largest with a budget ranging from $800 million. It is second after Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation whose budget ranges from $3.9 billion. The Open Society Foundation on Snopes recently allocated over $500 million to help in boosting business started by immigrants, especially in Europe. The move is expected to positively impact this business and assist them to excel in their fields.
George Soros also has an interest in politics. He has been a leading funder as well a member o Democratic Funders. In the recent presidential election of the United States, he was a principal funder of Hillary Clinton. In the year 2004, also Soros had supported John Kerry. Although both candidates that Soros supported failed, he said that the election for the year 2016 was rigged making Donald Trump the president of the United States. They have been making a meeting with fellow funders of the Democratic Party to discuss the issue on nytimes.com. Soros has played a significant role in politics despite being behind the scenes.
Although George Soros involvement in politics has not been successful, he has not yet announced to quit his involvement in them. George Soros other projects away from politics have been excelling, and he has been able to touch lots of peoples’ lives by providing help in justice, food, loans to boost their businesses among other. All these are done through his organization Open Society Foundation. George Soros life and career has been full of achievements and successful.
Deciding which candidate should win the nomination for the Republican party as it heads into the 2016 Presidential election is something I have been pondering for some time; the rise of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz has worried many of us who have been Republican supporters for a number of years. At times like these I find it is always a good idea to seek out the opinions of those I have a deep regard for the opinion of in a bid to find out where their allegiances lie. For myself, I recently read an article in the Detroit News detailing the current position Dick DeVos has taken regarding the Republican nomination and his support for Marco Rubio.
I have admired Dick for a number of years after learning about his philanthropic work, and in particular the work he has undertaken to assist the young people of Michigan in getting a better education. Wikipedia reports the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation has been at the forefront of the drive towards increased numbers of charter schools opening across Michigan and the U.S. as a whole.
Betsy shares her approach for creating more quality educational opportunities for children in Detroit.
Posted by Dick DeVos on Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Alongside the impressive charity work of Dick I have also been impressed by his ability to enter different areas of business and make them a success, such as the turnaround of the Orlando Magic NBA franchise after the DeVos family took control of the team.
In terms of politics, the opinion of Dick DeVos is one I always look for because of his personal history of running for the position of Governor of Michigan. The battle over the areas around Ohio and Michigan in the 2016 Presidential election has been entering a new phase as John Kasich looks to make gains against Marco Rubio, but the DeVos family is putting its financial backing behind Rubio with donations of more than $250,000. For myself, I believe the decisions made by Dick DeVos regarding Republican nominees for the Presidency have been the correct ones despite the decision by Jeb Bush to drop out of the race following the South Carolina primary.
Learn more about Dick’s career by visiting this Michigan Live report or take a look at his resume here >> http://www.newnetherlandinstitute.org/history-and-heritage/dutch_americans/richard-dick-devos-jr/