The 2018 midterm elections have taken on a greater level of importance in the coming months as the Democrats look to overcome a Republican majority in both Houses of Congress. End Citizens United, the Political Action Committee dedicated to overturning the divisive Citizens United decision of the Supreme Court in 2010 has announced it is hoping to play a big part in the Midterm Elections in California by placing four of the state’s Republicans on its list of top 20 politicians under threat during the 2018 elections.
Democrats have been looking to the 2018 elections as providing a major period of success for the party after a number of sitting Republican candidates have announced they are not standing for reelection; in other areas of the country controversial figures such as former Sheriff Joe Arpaio have announced their candidacy for election for the Republican party providing the Democrats with greater ambitions in many different states such as Arizona. Among the top twenty political targets for End Citizens United, as they enter the 2018 Midterm season, are the four Republicans, Mimi Walters, Dana Rohrabacher, Darrell Issa, and Duncan Hunter; Hunter is well-known for the problems he is facing with an ongoing investigation into the campaign financing irregularities surrounding his campaign, and End Citizens United’s lacrosse camp.
Formed in 2015, End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller has stated she is seeking a better way of completing the election season in 2018 as the PAC used the 2016 national elections as a testing ground for different messages about bringing an end to the changes developed in campaign financing following the Citizens United decision and traditional Democrat messages; what the PAC discovered was its campaign message about changing campaign financing rules created more positive results in traditionally Republican regions, and their Facebook.
During the announcement of the list of 20 Republicans targeted by End Citizens United, Tiffany Muller explained her belief many of the leading Republicans in California had shown themselves more concerned about the needs of big money donors over those of their constituents. Tiffany Muller also highlighted the issue of major telecommunications companies providing financial donations to the campaign of Representative Issa as the more than $11 million donated to End Citizens United by the end of October 2017 will make the group a major force in the forthcoming Midterm elections.
Betsy DeVos has worked in different capacities at organizations such as the American Federation for Children, Alliance for School Choice, Art Prize, Foundation for Excellence in Education, DeVos Institute for Arts Management, Great Lakes Education Project, The Potter’s House School, and Philanthropy Roundtable. Her work in these organizations greatly shows her commitment to philanthropy. Together with her husband, the DeVos’ have contributed over $139 million in philanthropic work over the course of their lifetimes, majorly focused on the education sector. In 2015 alone, Betsy through her foundation, Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation which was founded in 1989, contributed $10 million to different organizations. Pledges worth $3.2 million were also made in the same year to be paid to various organizations in later years. Some of the organizations that have been supported by Betsy DeVos together with her family foundation include Loudspeaker Media Inc. Funding worth $400,000 was given to the organization to support the launch of an educational site, The 74, by former CNN anchor Campbell Brown.
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Colleges and universities such as the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, Ferris State University, Davenport University, the School of Missionary Aviation Technology, Rollins College, Cornell University Weill Cornell Medical Center, and Calvin College have benefited from her donations. Wake Forest University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Grand Rapids Community College Foundation, and University of Michigan Food Allergy Center have also benefited from funding by Betsy DeVos and her foundation. Betsy has also been working with Potter’s House since when her children were young. A visit to the school together with her husband sparked her interest in education and school advocacy. She, therefore, established a scholarship fund in the school but later on got involved further and is a major contributor to the school to date. DeVos also donates to conservative organizations such as the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy, Institute for Justice, and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute Inc. Given that she is a Christian, Betsy DeVos has contributed to many Christian-related education organizations such as Christian Schools International, the Ada Christian School Society, among others.
Betsy DeVos is the current Secretary of Education in the Trump administration. She is married to Dick DeVos who is the son of Richard DeVos, co-founder of Amway (now Quixtar). Betsy has been operating Windquest Group, which she started with her husband in 1989. The company deals in the development of clean energy and water technologies in Michigan. She has four children and five grandchildren. Betsy DeVos pursued her high school diploma at Holland Christian High School before proceeding to Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan for her Bachelor of Arts degree. While at college, she was actively involved in politics and has been part of the country’s politics since then. DeVos’ love for education has seen her concentrate majority of her philanthropy works to the education sector in the USA.
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Historians are going to look back at the 2016 Presidential Election in America and call it one of the most defining moments in the history of the country. Americans saw their country torn apart by the divisive rhetoric of one party while the other tried desperately to maintain the high ground. Lost in the hubbub by some, but not all, was the return of George Soros. Soros is one of the leading philanthropists in the planet as well as one of the most successful investors to ever operate in the United States. Soros, a devout progressive and combatant for social justice, felt compelled to re-enter the political fray in order to oppose the disgusting rhetoric put forth by Republican nominee Donald Trump.
We can go back to 2004 to see George Soros in his prime as he worked to elect Al Gore in a harrowing election race against incumbent President George W. Bush. During this electoral race Soros would spend nearly $27 million in order to help set up Gore for success. It would take a controversial finish, Florida, and ‘recount!’ to put the final nail in the coffin. Soros decided to take a step back and stop putting so much money into politics, at least until 2016. Soros felt compelled to re-enter the political machine when he saw the rise in rhetoric of Donald Trump. Trump loudly proclaimed and fought against everything that Soros had spent his life establishing as his cause. This caused Soros to leap in and immediately back Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
When Soros re-entered the political fray during the 2016 Presidential Election he immediately put his money where his mouth was. Michael Vachon, a political adviser to George Soros, stated: “This year the political stakes are exceptionally high.” Vachon goes on to cite the hostility encouraged by Donald Trump as well as the platform that the man supported which subverted some of Soros’ most important ideals: immigration reform, religious tolerance and criminal justice reform. So, to put it lightly: George Soros was here to make an impact. Read his profile at Forbes.
Soros would come in and donate nearly $25 million to a variety of different candidates during the 2016 election, including a giant $7 million to a Clinton PAC — Priorities USA Action. Soros also gave $2 million to the American Bridge 21st Century PAC which focused on opposition research that targeted Donald Trump and other Republicans as well as another $5 million to the Immigrant Voters Win PAC.
George Soros was born in Hungary and there he was raised before he had to flee the country during the Nazi occupation. Soros worked his way as a laborer while attending the London School of Economics. Eventually he would make his way to America where he would start the Soros Hedge Fund. Learn more on discoverthenetworks.org about George Soros.