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End Citizens United Seeks To Elect Finance Reformers In The 2018 Midterm Elections

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End Citizens United (ECU), a Political Action Committee (PAC) that working towards fighting against unlimited spending in politics, is preparing for the 2018 midterm elections. The group has already started raising big money to ensure they elect a majority in the House of Representatives. These elected leaders will fight to end dark money in the American landscape. In its first round of House endorsements, ECU has listed 19 advocates of campaign finance reform from 11 states. The PAC will oversee the campaign activities for these candidates and connect them with their grassroots members. Tiffany Muller, the executive director of ECU, accused Trump of electing billionaire donors and politicians with corporate special interest in his administration. She added that the citizens are tired of being led by people who have personal interests. To this end, the entity is planning to work with their endorsed candidates to fight the Super PACs and unlimited spending in the American elections. This information was originally reported on End Citizens United website.

ECU demonstrated its impact during the Georgia 6th District special election by raising over $825,000. The endorsement included running a digital ad “Tireless and Effective” for Ossoff, which helped in promoting his progressive message. The group collected over $4 million in the first quarter of the year and announced that they were planning to hit $35 million ahead of the 2018 midterm elections for Congress. The PAC seeks to support the election of Jon Ossoff, a first time candidate vying for the position left vacant by Tom Price, the Health and Human Services Secretary. In 2016, ECU raised $25 million, which put them among the top spenders in political action committees. Tiffany Muller said the contributions received in the first quarter were raised by 100,000 members. Notably, 40,000 individuals were first-time donors. This renowned effort by ECU was fueled by Democrats anger against President Trump’s win and his agenda to appoint his friends such as the Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch.

Tiffany, who also worked as the deputy political director of the campaign arm of the Senate Democrats, indicated the endorsement of defending Democrats Sens. Jon Tester of Montana and Ohio’s Sherrod Brown in 2018. She commented that they were still analyzing the races to determine where their impact would be maximum. ECU leads in the promotion of its agenda by not accepting over $5,000 from a single donor. The group was formed after the 2010 Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. The ruling sought to promote unlimited spending, thus giving rise to numerous super PACs. End Citizens United seeks to fight for campaign finance reform in the American landscape. They are determined to restore transparency and accountability in American politics. To this end, they use aggressive fundraising and grassroots membership to demonstrate their political power. The ECU supports Democrats since they are the traditional champions of campaign finance reform. In addition, ECU works to educate citizens on the negative effects of dark money in politics. This information was originally published on USA Today.

Politics/Philanthropist

Billionaire Philanthropist George Soros Bounces Back to Empower Democrats to Stand up to the Presidency

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George Soros is a hugely successful investor, business mogul and a philanthropist whose net worth is estimated to be over $25 billion. Currently, he is the founding Chairman at Soros Fund Management, a private hedge fund management firm specializing in fixed income markets and public equity. He sits on the board of several companies and is the Chairman of his philanthropy organization, the Open Society Foundation, OSF, which is a holding unit for the philanthropy activities in various Soros Foundations in over 100 countries around the world; giving a voice to human rights causes and democracy.

The billionaire is an adept entrepreneur and investor. His best bet was during the 1992 “Black Wednesday” when he shorted the British Pound and ended up $1 billion richer earning the title “the man who broke the Bank of England.”

George Soros’ support for the Democratic Party was best validated in 2004 when he contributed more than $27 million to the Democratic cause to oust President George Bush. In 2016, the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton platforms enjoyed more than $25 million courtesy of the billionaire philanthropist for the fight against the GOP candidate and current President, Donald Trump.

A vocal and ardent supporter of Democratic politics, Mr. Soros, has a soft spot for principles close to him that the GOP is hostile towards including religious tolerance, justice and immigration reforms on Forbes.

After the defeat of Hillary in the presidential elections, members of the Democracy Alliance such as George Soros met with famous leaders in the left corner including Nancy Pelosi and Elizabeth Warren to map out how to refocus their efforts to countering pro-Trump activities. On the agenda is strategic fast-forwarding to influence state elections and mitigate against Trump’s 100-day plan of action. His support to the Democracy Alliance, the DA, has accelerated other big donors and strategic beneficiaries on Biography in rallying around the idea that their target electorate audience consists largely of women and minorities. A lot of effort has been placed on inspiring larger voter blocks from these sections to show up on Election Day.

The meeting was also a call to reunite all the democratic allies and recap on tactics, strategies, and expectations that led to the presidential defeat and how to overcome these while dealing with the issues of approved democratic policies being overturned by the new administration on opensocietyfoundations.org. Additionally, strategy on how to get better numbers from the working class voter and countering policy battles in states where the GOP won is in the limelight.

The desired effect is to have tactical revolutionary think tanks and advocacy teams that complement the democratic agenda to cover some of the fronts on their push against the current administration’s planned policy disruptions.

Making a comeback to active participation in the Democratic Party’s events, the attendance at the DA meet is a powerful statement that only fuels hope that Mr. Soros will be more involved. Quoting his history growing up in Hungary and surviving Nazism, Mr. Soros reiterated the need to protect open societies, which have now come under threat from the presidency itself.

Business/Politics

Charles Koch pens a new op-ed

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Universities around the world are supposed to be sources of knowledge and learning. Every year, millions of students arrive on campuses to receive a quality education, but unfortunately, many of these institutions are going astray. Millions of students are having their free speech limited by their schools and other students are actively working to keep their students from speaking out. Colleges have no idea how to react to this situation, and many of them are choosing to give into the demands of their loudest students. This is causing a major crisis across the many institutions of the United States.

Many major thinkers have chosen to ignore this problem, but conservative and moderate people around the world know that they should not avoid this situation. They know that America was founded on the ideal of freely sharing thoughts with each other, and if universities continue to stifle free speech, then the foundation of the country is at risk.

Michael Bloomberg and Charles Koch are some of the most powerful men in the Republican party. Bloomberg was mayor of New York for many years, while Charles Koch is a highly influential financier. They are filled with concern over the movement to remove controversial ideas from college campuses. They decided to write an op-ed to warn universities of the dangers of this movement. In the op-ed they mention several elements of this dangerous trend. Several universities have instituted safe spaces, trigger warnings, and speech codes on their campuses as a way to protect sensitive minds. Other campuses have stopped inviting controversial speakers. All of this is done to protect people, but Koch and Bloomberg argue that these movements are actually harming students.

College should educate students, and it cannot do so by constantly reaffirming student’s beliefs. Students need to have their ideas challenged, and challenge the ideas of others. If this does not happen, then students will not learn and grow.

Koch has long been one of the leaders of the conservative movement. He has helped shape opinions in every election since 1980, and is well respected throughout the world.

Colleges need to start challenging people’s beliefs if students are going to grow.

Additional Links on Charles Koch:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/24/politics/charles-koch-hillary-clinton-2016/

Politics

Charles Koch Agrees With Senator Sanders For Criminal Justice Reform

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has spoken out vehemently about corporate welfare and Charles Koch’s political agenda. To some this may come as no surprise. However, it does come as a surprise that businessman and Philanthropist Charles Koch would agree with the senator. Corporate welfare is not the only policy they agree on. Charles also agrees with the senator’s view on Criminal Justice. This begs the question why would the sixth wealthiest man in American be concerned with the criminal justice systems? Why is he advocating for criminal justice reform?

The truth is lawsuits and threatened prosecution have plagued the Koch family and Koch Industries. In 1995 Charles faced a legal battle that could have seen the unfair termination of four of his employees. Charles chose to fight the case. It took ten years and $10 million dollars to win the case. He later said, “If that can happen with us, with our resources and what we did to defend our people, what happens to people in a company that doesn’t defend them? Or even worse, to poor people who get caught in something and have no recourse?”

In his op-ed he explained,”Our criminal justice system, which is in dire need of reform, is another issue where the senator shares some of my concerns. Families and entire communities are being ripped apart by laws that unjustly destroy the lives of low-level and nonviolent offenders.”

Charles Koch is a very intelligent businessman, he is a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and a triple degree holder from the very prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Where he holds degrees in general engineering, mechanical engineering, and chemical engineering. He became president of Koch Industries after the passing of his father, Fred, whom he renamed the company for. He took the $112 million dollar company and turned it into a $280 billion dollar conglomerate and the second largest privately owned business in the United States.

Charles Koch’s philanthropy endeavors are numerous and span the spectrum of research, think tanks, the arts, market based thinking and education. He has donated an estimated $11 million dollars to Whichita State University for a new sports arena. He has donated to George Mason University as well as Florida State to name a few. He is the founder of the Cato Institute, which was formed back in 1974. The Cato Institute is a Libertarian Political think tank, which was established for media coverage, advocacy and social influence.

Politics

The Success of Charles Koch

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The Koch brothers consist of David and Charles Koch who are the current owners of Koch Industries which is an oil refining company. Charles Koch is well known for his political beliefs and their advocacy for the free market. With the 2016 election coming up, the Koch brothers are now on a mission to find the perfect Republican candidate for the election to financially support.

Recently in news, Charles Koch sat down to a rare interview to discuss his hopes for the new election. These wealthy and conservative industrialists have labeled himself as a “classical liberal” and plan to translate their interests in the free market with the new 2016 election. The Koch brothers’ influence in politics has been most notable in the 2012 election when the Koch brothers raised over $400 million for the purpose of supporting Mitt Romney in the election. Though Mr. Romney lost, the Koch brothers have raised over $900 million for the 2016 election to whomever will be facing Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton.

Despite the Koch brothers’ efforts, the only roadblock in their way is Donald Trump, a self-funded candidate for the Republican side of the 2016 election. The Koch brothers are against the politics that Donald Trump has exercised through his beliefs on trade, foreign policy, as well as on taxes. The Koch brothers are completely against Mr. Trumps’ conservative view that all Muslims must register with the United State of America before entering the country. In the Koch brothers’ eyes, this would be a policy that goes against the idea of a free country.

In order to attack Donald Trump, Charles Koch and his team of investors have begun to highlight Donald Trump’s incapability to run a country through his bankruptcy as well as through his shady business deals that have been made in the past. With the elections coming up, the Koch brothers are now more than ever attempting to find a new candidate to support.

Charles Koch has the goal to pursue political influence for two different reasons. The first reason is to secure as well as expand the family name and the second reason is to promote the free market. Mr. Koch has already donated millions of dollars to several free market institutions such as George Mason University as well as several think tanks. Charles Koch is a firm believer that the economy should not be intervened by the government as that is what creates shortages and surpluses.