When the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court made its final decision regarding the landmark case, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, there was an aftermath that still exists today. The American political system was not only made non-transparent because of the ruling, but the long-term democracy effects were also seen by End Citizens United as something that should be prevented.
End Citizens United immediately swung into action to overturn the ruling and to do its part to mitigate the repercussions of a decision that it believes was severely flawed.
There were other landmark court cases that required American’s to stand against a narrow segment of the population that believed fairness and balance of power weren’t part of the Nation’s founding principles. Court cases from history such as Dred Scott v. Sandford, Brown v. Board of Education, and Roe v. Wade, show how American democracy sometimes needs to be challenged to bring change, even though the consequences and ramifications of initiating those cases were considered controversial at the time.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling began from a simple case of non-disclosure that Americans had a right to and the laws demand. End Citizens refused to disclose the responsible parties for a campaign ad, disguised under the premise that it was a movie, that the conservative group wanted to run against then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Based on FEC rules, the funding of the ad needed to be disclosed, which the group refused, when an FEC complaint was filed. Although Clinton was no longer a candidate and Barrack Obama was already sworn in as the 44th President, End Citizens took its case to the Supreme Court. The 5-4 ruling overturned the FEC ruling and transparency in the political process became almost extinct according to politifact.com Justice Stevens dissented on the ruling and said, “A democracy cannot function effectively when its constituent members believe laws are being bought and sold.”
The dissent is at the core of End Citizens United’s mission. The ramifications of the ruling are widespread, and there are many professionals in the political process that understand that “new rules” are being established as a result of the court’s decision, which has allowed corporate campaign contributions to infiltrate the system. The unlimited contributions are largely anonymous and put democracy in jeopardy.
The strategy of End Citizens United is to disrupt the political “gaming of the system” by rooting out offenders who continue to circumvent transparency. While overturning the ruling is a priority, End Citizens United has advanced its cause by endorsing candidates who are in favor of campaign finance reform and by supporting them in their efforts as incumbent’s, or challenger’s, in order to break the corrupt cycle.
End Citizens United is a grassroots caucus that seeks to overturn the decision by the Supreme Court to allow unlimited use of undisclosed funds in both party and individual campaigns in the United States Elections. It has mobilized like-minded supporters from across all the states in the US. The group seeks to sensitize Americans on what it believes is a threat to democracy in the US. Some of the activities it is pursuing include raising funds to support selected candidates from either political divide as long as such a politician demonstrates strong support for their objectives. The organization has a plan to spend $35 million in support of its cause.
Getting Rid of Big Money from American Politics
End Citizens United has crafted a list of 20 Republican candidates it wants out of leadership. The organization wants the group that has come to be referred to as the Big Money 20, out of politics. The group of 20 candidates is said to have favored interest that exceeds the expectations of their own constituents. They have shown compromise in a variety of ways including accepting large donations, supporting legislation that is believed to be counteractive to the efforts of ridding politics of the big money vice or openly or subtly opposing finance reforms. The Big Money 20 group includes Ted Cruz; the Senator for Texas, the Senator of Nevada, Dean Heller, Paul Ryan from Wisconsin, Mike Bishop of Michigan, Mike Bost from Illinois, Rod Blum, Mike Coffman, the Colorado Rep, Ryan Costello from Pennsylvania, Rodney Frelinghuysen from New Jersey, Dan Hunter from California, Will Hurd of Texas, Darrel Issa from California, the New Jersey Rep Tom MacArthur, the Minnesota Rep, Erik Paulsen, Pat Meehan of Pennylvania, the California Rep, Dana Rohrbacher, the North Carolina Rep. Rob Pittenger, Peter Roskam from Illinois, Mimi Walters from California and Claudia Tenney Rep for new York.
According to the Executive Director of End Citizens United, Tiffany Muller, the above list represents some of the worst pretenders in leadership among the Republicans. The Political Action Committee has set a target to raise over $35million from the grassroots to aid its preferred candidates in the midterm elections of 2018.
In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are people and granted corporations the right under the First Amendment’s right to free speech, to contribute to political campaigns. This ruling put democracy on sale to the highest bidder and even opened the door for foreign countries to inject themselves in the American political process. Corporations can now donate to politicians anonymously.
In Florida, incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson has the endorsement of End Citizens United. As a NASA astronaut, Bill Nelson traveled through space as a member of the Columbia crew and entered politics in the great state of Florida in 2001. To increase transparency in campaign financing, Bill co-sponsored the 2015 DISCLOSE Act. Nelson supports the mission of Ends Citizens United to return democracy to the hands of people and not corporations. A potential challenger to Nelson’s candidacy is the current governor of Florida, Rick Scott who has expressed interest in running for the Senate. The fact that Florida turned red in 2015 imperils Nelson’s reelection bid. Nelson supports the Fair Elections Now Act to increase transparency in government, and he supports legislation that requires public companies to disclose all political contributions to the Securities and Exchange Commission. End Citizens United endorses Bill Nelson’s reelection bid for senator from the state of Florida.
Claire McCaskill, the incumbent senator in the state of Missouri, has the endorsement of End Citizens United. An accomplished lawyer and former prosecutor, her first foray into public service was her election to the Missouri State Legislature. Moreover, in 2006 Claire McCaskill became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from the great state of Missouri. As a Democratic senator in a deep red state, McCaskill works tirelessly to protect democracy from the corporate donors who are holding democracy hostage. McCaskill opposes the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision and she supports the Democracy for all Amendment that would overturn Citizens United. End Citizens United supports Clair McCaskill’s reelection bid.
Ends Citizens United endorses incumbent Wisconsin senator, Tammy Baldwin, in her reelection bid. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin law school, Baldwin began her career in public service at the tender age of 24 serving on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. As Wisconsin’s first female senator and the country’s first openly gay senator, Baldwin has been very vocal in her quest to overturn the Citizens United Decision. In fact, she co-introduced a legislative reform bill designed to increase transparency in political fundraising. In support of democracy and transparency in campaign financing, Baldwin once stated, “When those at the top try to buy our democracy, I will fight back because your voice should be heard at the ballot box.” End Citizens United supports Baldwin’s reelection bid to the U.S. Senate.
She is polite and doesn’t participate in public controversy. DeVos doesn’t respond to her critics and rarely gives interviews. However, those in her home state of Michigan say she is a force to be feared.
“In Michigan politics, she instilled fear in a lot of people, and it’s not just because she’s a billionaire,” Mike Cox, a Republican and former state attorney general, said in a interview with the New York Times. “I found Betsy to be very determined, steely, when she sets her mind on a goal.”
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers and a DeVos critic, said DeVos is highly likable and talks in plain language, both which allows political opponents to let their guards down.
“There is a real tendency to underestimate her,” Weingarten said.
DeVos knows the ropes of business high society and political movers and shakers. She was born in 1958 into a conservative, wealthy family in Holland, Mich. Her father, Edgar Prince, built his auto parts company into a billion-dollar business. He was a strong supporter of Christian conservative causes, a practice instilled in his daughter.
Betsy DeVos was raised in the Christian Reformed Church and attended the Christian school Calvin College in Grand Rapids. She married Dick DeVos, also a from a power-broker Michigan family. Dick Devos’ family co-founded the multi-level marketing company Amway.
The DeVoses have become a power couple with both actively involved in Michigan politics and business. Dick DeVos ran an unsuccessful campaign for governor and was instrumental in building up downtown Grand Rapids. He was recently appointed to the highest civilian panel in the federal government that oversees the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Betsy DeVos has built her own portfolio in her advocacy for charter schools. She supported her husband in creating the West Michigan Aviation Academy, a public high school with a concentration on flight. The couple also formed an advocacy group that successfully lobbied against the created of a Michigan commission making all decisions regarding opening schools, including charter schools.
DeVos spent time in the early days of her secretary appointment visiting schools, including public, private and charter schools. One of those trips was to Florida where she visited charter schools opened by celebrity Pitbull, an unusual combination provoking media interest.
The couple is considered mega-donors to Republican Party interests, but also contribute significantly to a number of causes beyond politics. Their charitable giving totals $139 million over their lifetimes.
Most donations goes to educational and cultural causes, giving millions to charter schools, Christian education, universities and the arts. They also donated to Spectrum Health Foundation to recruit a top doctor and researcher for childhood cancers to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. The move resulted in a “remarkable” survival rate for Michigan children, according to Betsy DeVos. Learn more: http://www.betsydevos.com/policy-involvement/
The Trump Administration has brought some new names and faces to the national public’s eye. One name that is often coming up in the news is the Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos. One article that really seems to grasp the complexity of Mrs. Devos was published by the New York Times. The title of the article was, “Betsy Devos is Publicly Polite, but a Political Fighter.” The article was published in February of 2017 and was written by Richard Perez-Pena.
This article discusses how publicly Mrs. Devos seems quite cool, collected, and a follower. However, in the background she is quite the fighter when it comes to topics she is passionate about, such as the education system in The United States. The specific topic discussed in this article is about how Mrs. Devos appeared to take President Trump’s stand in the transgender bathroom usage topic. In reality, though, Mrs. Devos fought against the President rescinding this policy. She even attempted to warn key players in the Education Department about the President’s decision before it was announced publicly.
Betsy Devos grew up in Holland, Michigan.She is the daughter of Edgar Prince, owner of a very lucrative auto parts company. She attended private schools throughout her childhood. However, even at a young age, Betsy could see that the education system was failing the majority of the children in the area. She is married to Dick Devos, son of Amway founder Richard Devos. Both families have a significant influences and financial backing to help them gain the support in various areas that they are passionate about.
Mrs. Devos has spent her entire adult life, and a significant amount of those fortunes, to shape the education system in the Michigan area. Throughout the years she has say on several school boards, local community boards, and has been a very active participant in the education system. She is now using that influence to help shape the future of the education system throughout The United States.
The team at End Citizens United, a political action committee, have a tough task ahead of them. Their moniker refers to the infamous 2010 Supreme Court case which saw a conservative group by the name of Citizens United lobby the Supreme Court in order to loosen restrictions on financial funding in Washington D.C. This case is often pointed to as one of the most important cases in terms of allowing dark money to pervade all of the United States government. End Citizens United, as their name would imply, is a PAC that was established to find a path to overturning the infamous and disastrous Citizens United case.
End Citizens United was established by Tiffany Muller, the current President of the PAC. The goal of End Citizens United has been simple from day one: they want to raise money and awareness in order to promote politicians who are willing to put forth legislation in order to repeal via constitutional amendment the 2010 Supreme Court case of Citizens United. Obviously this sounds difficult, and it is, but there is so much more going on behind the scenes than many people actually realize. Taking dark money out of politics when it has become such an influential aspect of the political machine sounds impossible because it means that predominantly conservative politicians are going to need to forego a payday in order to do the right thing.
Still, End Citizens United has seen renewed vigor and growth over the past six months since the election of Donald Trump to the White House. The PAC had a motivating first quarter in 2017 as they raised an impressive $4 million in donations. This is a strong start for their 2017 fundraising year with the goal to be a total of $35 million by the time the 2018 Congressional Elections start rolling around. If End Citizens United wants to make any headway in their mission they are going to need to have a strong showing in 2018. Action needs to start at the highest level of government and this could be the fastest track to making that happen.
While End Citizens United focuses on fundraising they are also looking to politicians who can help get their message out there in order to make a difference. One such politician is Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. Senator Whitehouse has been a vocal advocate for amending Citizens United and he has always been fighting to get rid of dark money in politics. Whitehouse will be going up for re-election in 2018 and he will have the backing of End Citizens United behind him. End Citizens United will need to continue pursuing such strong politicians in order to get their message out as far and wide as possible.
George Soros was born in 1930 in Hungary under the pro-Nazi Hungarian regime. This was before he escaped to London for studies and later relocated to America. In London, Soros joined the London School of Economics where he operated as a waiter and railway porter. Afterward, he began his financial career at a merchant bank. As indicated in Politico, over the recent past years, Soros together with other rich liberals spent millions of dollars in support of various political aspirants of their choice. For instance, they supported the electing of Hillary Clinton against the retired President Bush and also against the current President Trump. However, Soros was not a great donor in US politics until the election of 2004 where he contributed $23,581,000 to 527 different Groups. Read this story about George at politico.com
On philanthropic matters, Soros has funded global efforts in promoting drug policy reforms. His philanthropic funding involves efforts to bolster non-violent democratization within post-Soviet states. The efforts are mainly from Eastern and Central Europe, and usually, take place through Open Society Foundations, formerly Open Society Institute (OSI) and National Soros Foundations. According to the Washington Times, Soros also funded the Ferguson protests by offering $33 million within a year to a group that incorporated activists.
George Soros has been a noticeable worldwide supporter of equitable standards and foundations for over 30 years. His magnanimous Association (Open Society Foundations) provides support to human rights and democracy organizations in over 100 countries. The New York hedge fund director is a standout amongst the most politically influential people in the world. From the mid-1980s specifically, he has utilized his tremendous impact to help reconfigure the political scenes of various countries around the globe.
Soros started his philanthropic activities in the year 1979, offering grants to dark South Africans under politically-sanctioned racial segregation. In the 1980s, he assisted in promoting the public sharing of ideas within the Communist Eastern Bloc by giving photocopiers that were used for reprinting banned texts. After the falling of the Berlin Wall, he established the Central European University and financed the cultural exchanges between the Western and Eastern Europe. Soros thus played a significant role in assisting the Soviet society that had affected him some time back.
With the ending of Cold War, George Soros extended his philanthropic efforts to the United States, Asia, and Africa where he supported a wide variety of new efforts to form more transparent, accountable, and democratic societies. He was among the key earlier voices that criticized drugs business.
Throughout the years, Soros has offered support to lawyers and paralegals that represented hundreds of unlawfully held people. Other similar efforts entail underwriting the biggest efforts in the globe that integrated the Europe’s Roma and offering school fees for thousands of bright and needy students from marginalized groups. To date, his political influence has continued to have bigger influence within the United States and even globally.
In the just concluded US election, many people that were working behind the scenes to see the whole project a success have started emerging on the public glare. The group ranges from political players, business personalities and opinion leaders that impacted positively to the Republican win. Some of them have been recognized by the President-elect Donald Trump and have been nominated to the positions of cabinet secretaries. Betsy DeVos is a notable personality that has been at the forefront of fighting for the rights of Republicans by campaigning for them. She has been nominated as U.S. Education Secretary nominee with many people supporting her candidature. Betsy DeVos and her husband Dick are notable for their enormous financial contributions and donations towards the campaigns of the Republican candidates. The family dynasty is known for the great contribution they have made to charitable works. They have been recommended by many Americans for their goodwill in fostering the living standards of people through charitable organizations. In 2015, the family was estimated to have donated over $104 million to charity. Since then, the family fortune has been increasing, and most of it is channeled through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. Visit Betsy’s profile page on Facebook.
With a good name and greater wealth, the Forbes values the family at an estimated net worth of over $1.33 billion. Their main success story is supporting the less vulnerable access education as education is their priority through the generous funding. In 2015 alone, over 26% of their donation went to schools which amounted to about $3 million. As such, this was the biggest spending in the year that had gone to education. They have also encouraged many non-governmental groups that support education by providing them with additional funding to fight for the right to education. Betsy DeVos has continued to support teachers and administrators on the good job they have been doing. They attribute the success of the education system to the devotion of some teachers both in public and private schools for the success witnessed due to the rising standards of education. There are also other higher learning institutions that have benefited from the funding by Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. They include Compass College of Cinematic Arts in Grand Rapids, Detroit Charter School Company New Urban Learning, Ferris State University in Big Rapids among others.
Betsy DeVos has a huge interest in the aviation industry, and this led to the establishment of the first aviation-themed charter school. This was to empower the young generation to undertake courses in the air transport sector and offer enhanced professional training. Betsy DeVos has left many people admiring her life as she has achieved a lot from both her private and public life. As such, she is a role model that many Americans have been emulating to succeed in life. Visit betsydevos.com to know more about Betsy.
Not every child who is in school is going to learn the same way. This is a major problem for public schools that take the same approach to learning for each and every student who they are responsible for. Because there are not many different ways to teach people like that in public schools, students around the country struggle to learn what they need to be able to learn.
Betsy DeVos knows that this is a problem and has worked to fight it throughout her career. She is a philanthropist who has worked hard with many different types of children and all of this has allowed her the chance to make sure that she is getting the children everything that they need. She also wants to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to learn in the right way. For this reason, she is the secretary of education and has been working to make a difference since taking that position.
One of the first things that Betsy DeVos did was create voucher programs for children who were not able to afford private school. She wanted them to have the same opportunities as other children and made sure that they were going to be able to do through the use of these vouchers. Over 20 years ago, Betsy DeVos rolled out programs that were going to help these children get everything that they needed from private schools where they would be able to get all of the educational help that they need. Follow Betsy on Twitter.
Since that time, Betsy DeVos has worked to provide even more opportunities for children. She is a huge supporter of being able to help children get what they need out of different things. This is something that she has been working on for many years and she will continue to work on. Anyone who has noticed a large increase in charter schools and other options for people has Betsy DeVos to thank for it. She uses charter schools, which run like private schools but are free, to give opportunities to children who do not have the voucher program available to them. It makes things much better for their lives.
Since Betsy DeVos is the secretary of education, she is going to continue working hard to make sure that things are going to go well for children who cannot afford a great education. She wants to see children succeed and that means that they need to have all of the educational opportunities possible so that they can make sure that they are getting more out of what they are able to do. The right education can be a world of difference for children who are underprivileged in different types of communities. Check this article from NYPost.com.
Indiana is known to be a reliably “red” state, having voted for the Republican presidential candidate in all but one election over the past 50 years. It will certainly go red again this year, considering that current Gov. Mike Pence is the vice presidential candidate. If Democratic candidate Evan Bayh is successful, however, the state will end up in January with two “blue” senators, totally contradicting its Republican image.
According to one poll, Bayh has a slight lead over Republican Rep. Todd Young in their battle to replace retiring Republican Dan Coats. If he wins, Bayh will join Democrat Joe Donnelly in the U.S. Senate. Although Young is having difficulty accepting Donald Trump as the party’s presidential candidate, Bayh is facing his own problems. This race is examined in greater detail at www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/56znsz/indiana_byebye_to_democratic_hope_for_senate.
The 60-year-old Bayh should be the ideal candidate for Indiana, having served as its U.S. senator for 12 years and as its governor for the same period of time. He is also the son of legendary U.S. Senator Birch Bayh. It is Evan Bayh’s contacts outside of the Senate that are causing him trouble, including his attempt to undermine the Dodd-Frank Act, which was considered a hallmark bill of the Democratic legislature. It was also revealed that, contrary to campaign statements, he had met with executives from a potential employer. Additionally, he had taken a number of taxpayer-funded trips to New York City in 2010, while still in office. It is not known at this point whether Bayh violated Senate rules. Nor can it be ascertained how his actions will affect his campaign and, in the process, Democratic prospects for winning back the U.S. Senate.