End Citizens United and Its Campaign Financing Reform Strategy

A political action committee has made the headlines for its efforts to drive heavy weights out of politics, and to raise some money to promote democrats. The group gathered over $4 million in the first couple of months this year and is projected to raise up to $35 million before the 2018 elections for congress. According to a report by USA Today, this amount will be a 10 million increase from the $25 million the committee raised during the 2016 elections.

 

A Report on the Accumulated Funds

 

Approximately 100,000 people funded the PAC in the first few months of this year, with almost half of the donors contributing for their first time. The group’s leader, Tiffany Muller, said the committee’s goal was to elect campaign finance reformist to Congress. The estimations of Muller were that the PAC had received $12 million this year. She said that the committee’s donors share the belief that the U.S. political system is one where those who write big checks have the biggest privileges. The only way that these donors can fight back is by supporting an action committee such as the “End Citizens United” PAC. Muller reiterated how Democrats were saddened by Trump’s win and were determined to fight back against his policies and those he has nominated to power including his choice of Supreme Court judge, Neil Gorsuch.

 

The PAC’s Candidate

 

In the past few weeks, the PAC has convinced its donors to raise $500,000 to help with the campaign efforts of Jon Ossoff, a democrat in Georgia. Jon, who is 30 years old, has surprised many by raising over $4 million for the special election slated for April 18 and meant to fill a House seat in Atlanta that recently fell vacant.

 

Muller said that the committee was still considering the political races it was going to participate in come 2018. However, she indicated that the group was going to play a significant role in defending Senators Jon Tester (Montana), and Sherrod Brown (Ohio).

 

About End Citizens United

 

End Citizens United was established on March 1, 2015. The group derives its name following a 2010 ruling of a case, “Citizens United vs F.E.C.”.  The ruling held that companies were to be considered as people. As a result, wealthy individuals promoted their political candidates by using millions of dollars channeled through various corporations. End Citizens United came into being for the sole purpose of destroying this political mechanism by electing politicians who were opposed to this ruling and to champion its cause of ending dark money politics. End Citizens United aims at electing pro-reform candidates who will lobby for the reform of the constitution. It is determined to revolutionize the U.S. political system by supporting candidates from grass root members.

 

 

 

Finding “The Light” with The Kabbalah Centre

Most people have heard of Kabbalah. It’s been promoted by celebrities including Madonna, Paris Hilton and the like. With so much media coverage and celebrity promotion, one may speculate it to be similar to Scientology in the cult like attention it received by celebrities and could not be based on teachings, but rather a scheme of sorts. While people may see this as a “fad” religion based on books and a movie, the fact of the matter is that Kabbalah isn’t a religion at all, has been around for ages and has very deeply rooted teachings of Jewish mysticism.

With celebrities making assertions that Kabbalah has rid their lives of all chaos, one has to wonder how “The Secret,” red string bracelets and special water have anything to do with ancient Jewish mysticism. These concerns are addressed with gaining a simple understanding of the religion and why it’s so special. The Kabbalah Centre website offers a great summary that explains the basis of the teachings:

“Kabbalah is an ancient wisdom that reveals how the universe and life work. On a literal level, the word Kabbalah means “to receive.” It’s the study of how to receive fulfilment in our lives.” It then goes on to give a deeper explanation:

“Kabbalah is an ancient paradigm for living. It teaches that all of the branches of our lives — health, relationships, careers — emanate from the same trunk and the same root. It’s the technology of how the universe works at the core level. It’s a way of looking at the world that can connect you to the kind of permanent fulfillment you seek.”

The basis behind Kabbalah isn’t any sort of religion but teachings that have been learned from “The Book of Formation,” that is well over 5000 years old. The teachings refer to finding the “light” while discovering the spiritual path. This “light” transcends all religions, races, cultures and gender and almost being indescribable due to its force.

The Kabbalah Centre has been spreading the word of these teachings in recent history. Starting as just a small organization in Israel, it has grown to many different countries across the globe. The Kabbalah Centre also offers many free videos and articles that can be researched on its website at https://kabbalah.com/.

A Look at the Philanthropy of Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos was recently named the United States Secretary of Education. Another side of her is the philanthropy and community involvement that she has been involved in throughout her life. When she attended Calvin College she was a part of the political environment on campus and has continued that activity ever since. Among the many positions she has held is Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party and, additionally, she has served on a variety of boards for party organizations and political action committees.

Betsy DeVos is also heavily involved in philanthropy. She serves as the Chairman of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation which gives to many types of causes including education, the arts, and entrepreneurship. Among the many Michigan and national nonprofits she has served is the DeVos Institute for Arts Managment at the Kennedy Center, Kids Hope USA, the Foundation for Excellence in Education, and Mars Hill Bible Church. Mrs. DeVos is also well-known for her work in the educational choice movement. She has served as the Chairman for both the Alliance for School Choice and the American Federation for Children, both leading voices in this movement.

Betsy DeVos recently said that the school choice movement is gaining steam across the United States. She pointed out that there are 33 publicly funded private choice schools in 17 states plus the District of Columbia that have 250,000 students who have made the choice to attend the schools. She said the movement towards school choice is due to public schools failing in their mission to educate children.

Know more: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/readersreact/la-ol-le-devos-vouchers-20170218-story.html

Mrs. DeVos began to be aware of the school choice movement years ago when she visited The Potter House Christian School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This school had been educating children that came from low-income families for over 30 years. Paying the tuition was a large sacrifice for the families of these children but the parents felt it was their duty to provide the best education they could for their children. Betsy, along with her husband Dick, set up a program where they began assisting parents with the financial burden of attending the school.

Betsy DeVos has also donated huge sums of money and her time to the arts. She served on the board of ArtPrize which is an international art competition that is held annually in Grand Rapids. She also served on the Board of Trustees for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She has also, along with her husband, provided funding for the DeVos Institute of Arts Management that is located at the University of Maryland.

Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com.

George Soros Looks to Develop A Range Of Funding For Liberal Causes

The liberal philanthropist and hedge fund expert George Soros has become more politically and career focused than he has for a number of years despite being born in 1930 and being in his ninth decade of life. Soros has become one of the world’s most impressive hedge fund and financial experts, but Politico reports his donations towards many different groups have reached huge levels in a bid to make sure the political landscape of the U.S. and around the world will not remain dominated by conservative groups and causes; Soros is concerned with the problems seen in the U.S. and across the planet he feels could benefit from a boost from his own personal fortune. Learn more on snopes.com about George.

In his own career, George Soros has found a large level of success that was highlighted by the $1 billion Soros is thought to have made making a risky gamble on the British Pound being devalued in the 1990s. In the early stages of 2017 the personal fortune of George Soros has been estimated to have reached over $25 billion, with Forbes reporting the Soros Fund Management brand is worth around $30 billion under the leadership of Dawn Fitzpatrick who works closely with George Soros to make the correct investments for the brand. One of the most amazing facts about the work of George Soros is his ability to remain at the top of the investment industry for so long after his initial hedge fund was created in 1969 with just $12 million in assets.

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

After making a major splash as a leading political donor during the 2004 U.S. Presidential election George Soros largely sat out the 2008 and 2012 elections that saw the election of the first African American President in the form of Barrack Obama; in 2015 George Soros appeared to dive into the latest Presidential election campaign with a pledge to the campaign of Hillary Clinton that saw him provide around $25 million in funding for her campaign, according to Politico. Soros seems to have understood the importance of the work being undertaken in 2016 by the democrat’s as they sought to fund a candidate capable of defeating Republican Donald Trump.

Visit Project Syndicate to learn more about George.

The work of George Soros does not solely focus on pushing forward the needs of the richest in the U.S. and across the planet, but instead the Hungarian born Holocaust survivor hopes to bring a new way of exploring the options open to the people of the planet in remaining free in a democratic society. Soros even provided the maximum permitted financial donation to the End Citizens United campaign that is fighting to limit the influence of donors like himself in major U.S. elections.