End Citizens United Raises $4 Million In The First Three Months

Before 2008, James Bopp was just a lawyer with no significant influence in the American politics. However, this status changed faster than most people had anticipated. In that year, Bopp and his organization, Citizens United, filed their first case with the Supreme Court. The group was seeking the right to air a film named “Hillary: The Movie.’ Before then, it was against the law to air such content, as there was no indication of who paid for its production and airing. The movie was based on claims that Hillary Clinton was a ‘European Socialist’ and had no space in the American political scene. The court ruled in the favor of Bopp and Citizens United.

The success of the lawsuit was laughed upon, but created the ground for the lawyer to push his agenda forward. His goal was to redefine campaign finance laws in the United States. Before 2014, corporations were not allowed to contribute to political campaigns. Such money could only be derived from individuals. In that case, Bopp and his organization successfully argued against this claim noting that the laws of the United States laws recognize corporations as ‘individuals.’ The lawyer won the campaigns allowing for the formations of super PACs in the run up to last year’s presidential elections. James Bopp has been involved in significant cases such as the right-to-life case in 1982.

However, Citizens United is not enjoying an easy life despite its previous success in the courts. End Citizens United has been founded to counter the activities of this group and prevent the flow of ‘dirty’ corporate money into US politics. The group, now two years old, has been involved in active campaigns seeking to reverse the ruling passed by the Supreme Court that allowed for the creation of a super PACs. End Citizens United hopes to achieve this objective through sending friendly candidates to both the Congress and Senate. This approach saw the group launch a strong online funding drive that helped in raising over $4 million in the first three months of the campaign. End Citizens United targets to raise $35 million before the 2018-midterm elections for the congress. This money will be used to finance the campaigns of democratic candidates who are supporting their constitutional amendment goal.

End Citizens United needs the support of at least 2/3 of the both Congress and Senate to achieve this constitutional amendment that would ban corporations from financing political campaigns. Although the last constitutional amendment in the United States was conducted in the early 90s, the group is confident that it will achieve this goal. The organization’s president and executive director, Tiffany Muller, noted that many people continue to support End Citizens United's objectives. Out of 100,000 individuals who have already donated to the group this year, 40,000 are new donors. He promised donors that the money would be used strictly towards financing the group’s goal.

This information was originally mentioned on USA Today as outlined in the following link https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/04/04/end-citizens-united-pac-raises-4-million-/100000662/


BETSY DEVOS, THE EDUCATION REFORMIST, AND POLITICIAN

Elisabeth Betsy DeVos is an American business woman, politician, and philanthropist. She was born on the 8th of January 1958.she is the secretary of education in the trump regime. Edgar Prince, the founder of Prince Corporation, is her father and she is a sister to Erick Prince, the founder of Blackwater formerly of the Navy Seal. Betsy DeVos is the wife to Mr. Dick DeVos the former CEO of Amway, a marketing company.

Mrs. DeVos is a member of the Republican Party and served for five years as the Republican National Committee chairwoman representing Michigan. On top of that, she was the chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party and served for four years from 2996 to 2000 before being re-elected in the same capacity three years later. Betsy DeVos is well-known being on the forefront of school choice, the plans on school vouchers, charter school systems and her links to the Reformed Christian Community. Apart from serving as a member of the Board of Excellence in Education Foundation, she served as the chair of the Board of Alliance for School of Choice and Action Institute besides being the head of All Children Matter PAC.

Together with her husband Dick, they started a family foundation in 1989. According to the report on their website, the giving’s to the foundation are incited on faith and based on leadership development, fostering transformation and helping in five main areas that include; education, society, arts, leadership and justice. In 2015, the DeVos Foundation reached $139 million; this is after they made an additional $11.6 million in charity. The 2015 Forbes list ranked the DeVos Foundation at no. 24 on the list of top donors in America.

Private schools and Christian Organizations are the primary focus of the DeVos Foundation. Nearly $ 100 million has been donated by the Foundation between years 1999 and 2014. Christian groups received half of that amount. Michigan’s Foundation; Focus on Family, Center for Individual Rights; the Institute for Action; the Institute for Justice; the Pregnancy Resource Center; Right to Life Foundation in Michigan and the Baptist for Life; make the list of top beneficiaries of the DeVos Foundation. In 2009, the DeVos family started Art Prize a global completion that is based on art and are held at Michigan’s Grand Rapids. Follow Betsy DeVos on twitter.com

During the reelection of Bush campaign, Mrs. DeVos raised more than $150 000. She took part in various projects when she served for two years as the chairperson of finance in the Bush administration. When it comes to politics and the Republican Party, the DeVos family has been actively involved and has been the principal donor of the Republican Party candidates. They have spent over $ 17 million to the party since 1989. Through these donations, the DeVos family hoped that the Republican Party wins elections and champion governance while giving priorities to progressive policies.

Read her interview with Philanthropy Table.


Betsy DeVos Believes In Educational Choice For All

Betsy DeVos is a billionaire who is also a philanthropist. Her primary activism has been in the field of education. I understand that this comes from the premise that Betsy DeVos has sent her kids to private schools. She has understood and appreciated how studying at private schools has impacted her kids.

Now Betsy DeVos would like to extend the same facility to other kids too. She is calling it as “educational choice.” I believe that this is her way of diverting public funds to private as well as religious schools. She is trying to privatize school education this way. One way of doing this is by installing the school voucher programs that can divert public funding.

I understand that this activism of Betsy DeVos has prompted Donald Trump to appoint her as education secretary. She is going to head the Department of Education in his Office. She will be responsible for setting up the education policy. I am well aware that Betsy DeVos believes in providing equal opportunity for education to all and this will be well reflected in the education policy set out by her.

Betsy DeVos has been a social activist and done philanthropy since long. It started in Michigan when she started helping students. This was at Potter’s House Christian School. She helped individual students for whom paying the tuition fee was a big difficulty. Slowly this number of students grew. Betsy DeVos was well aware that she could afford to send her kids to any school they wanted to. But everyone is not so lucky. Hence she decided to do her bit for them.

She is a proven leader as well as an innovator besides being an advocate. Her work in education, business and even in politics has been to remove barriers. She looks forward to enacting change and creating environments where people are able to thrive.

Betsy DeVos had earlier been the Chairman of The Windquest Group in Michigan. This is an investment and management firm having a highly diversified consumer product and service portfolio.

Betsy has been active in politics for over 35 years now. She has been elected as chairman of the Michigan Republican Party exactly four times. Today all her political efforts are primarily focused towards making advancements in educational choices.

Betsy has been the former chair of the American Federation for Children. She was also chair of The Philanthropy Roundtable board of directors. She has been on the boards of ArtPrize, and the American Enterprise Institute, besides the Foundation for Excellence in Education, as well as the DeVos Institute for Arts Management.

Betsy DeVos is married to entrepreneur and philanthropist Dick DeVos. They are the proud parents of four children as well as five grandchildren.

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End Citizens United Makes A Wave In Campaign Finance Reform

The landscape of American elections was forever changed with the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in the Citizens United v. F.E.C. trial on msnbc.com. It created legality to the idea that corporations can be thought of as people and allowed billionaires to openly spend an untraceable, unlimited amount of money on special interests on alternet.org. Because of this Supreme Court ruling, there is no more transparency and billionaires are allowed to tip the political scales in whichever way suits them.

Thus, End Citizens United was created. In 2015, this political action committee was created solely by grassroots donors from all over the country. End Citizens United is dedicated to reforming the country’s campaign finance system and reversing the horrible side effects of Citizens United. They are determined to show voters, candidates, and elected officials that the grassroots in this country are fighting back against the billionaires who think they can buy control of our political system.

End Citizens United plans to combat big money within the political sector and destroy the rigged aspects of our political system by passing state ballot measures and placing campaign finance reform champions in office. While they don’t discriminate against Republicans, this organization on LinkedIn focuses mainly on Democrats who are more likely to be in favor of reform of the political system. Most of the leaders of the grassroots fight are Democrats, willing to fight the rule that the Republicans currently have in Congress.

Just one month after End Citizens United finally launched, they raised more than $2 million from small donors, estimating that they would earn a total of $30 million for the entire cycle. These donations would act as a catalyst in the group’s main objective of passing a constitutional amendment to reverse the Citizens United decision made by the Supreme Court in 2010. Within that month after the launch, End Citizens United received over 325,000 signatures on their petition to demand that Congress pass the legislation.

To reach out to potential supporters, End Citizens United joined with “Ready for Hillary” prior to the 2016 election. This partnership allowed them access to an email list of more than 4 million people, strengthening their cause. Soon after their launch, the group announced that it would endorse 11 Democratic candidates like Colorado’s Senator Michael Bennet and Wisconsin’s Senator Russ Feingold.

With many other groups that have focused on campaign finance reform, many thought End Citizens United would go unnoticed. But this group in particular addresses a hole in the conversation that addresses the political side of the issue by getting people elected to fight their fight, setting them apart from the rest. End Citizens United backs candidates who will stand up for reform and those who are under attack by the billionaires who think they will buy their way into political power.