How End Citizens United Is Raising Money For The 2018 Midterm Elections

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July 26, 2017

End Citizens United is a political action committee that seeks to reverse the effects of the Supreme Court ruling that resulted in political campaigns becoming awash in dark money. They back politicians who have pledged to support campaign finance reform which to date has only been Democratic candidates. This PAC puts money on competitive Senate and House races across the United States.

The result that End Citizens United is seeking to eventually accomplish is a constitutional amendment which limits how much corporations and wealthy individuals can donate to any race. There used to be limits such as this but in a ruling made by the Supreme Court it was decided that this was an unconstitutional limit on their rights to free speech. Ever since this 2010 decision by the Supreme Court there have been super PACs created which spend incredible amounts of money swaying voter’s opinions to the candidate the super PAC backs.

End Citizens United endorsed 11 Democratic candidates during the 2016 Presidential elections. Among these were two former Democratic Senators, Michael Bennet in Colorado and Russ Feingold in Wisconsin. They’re looking to back more candidates in the 2018 midterm elections.

There are other PACs that also support campaign finance reform. However, those PACs are focused on lobbying existing politicians for their cause. End Citizens United is different because they seek to have politicians elected who support this cause. They support these candidates through releasing television ads and direct mailers.

End Citizens United is seeking to enact meaningful campaign finance reforms not just on the federal level but also on the state level.

The eventual passing of a constitutional amendment will be tough. In order for an amendment like this to pass it must win consent from not only two-thirds of both the House and Senate but it also needs to then be ratified by three-fourths of the 50 states. Due to this difficulty, a constitutional amendment hasn’t been passed since 1992.

In the last election cycle End Citizens United brought in $25 million in donations. They are expecting to greatly exceed this figure in the 2018 midterms. In just January through March of 2017 this PAC raised $4 million from small donors. They now expect to raise $35 million in total to support their chosen politicians. The money that this PAC rose during the first quarter of 2017 came from a little more than 100,000 different individuals. As these are small donors the average amount each gave was $12.

Galvanizing a great many people for the next election is that Donald Trump is now President of the United States. This has angered a large swatch of the American people and they want to fight back against is horrendous policies.

 

How George Soros is Helping to Shape America

George Soros is a billionaire investor who has made his claim to fame not only his immense fortune, but his willingness to focus on fighting for causes that he believes to be just. Soros is a Hungarian born investor who currently resides in New York City. Soros is renowned not just for his philanthropic work but also for his work as a staunch progressive and advocate for political change through democratic means. Soros was last a huge player in the political game in 2004 when he worked alongside Al Gore but since then he has mostly been outside of the spotlight, focusing on change through his Open Society Foundations. However, the 2016 Presidential Election saw a seismic shift in the political landscape and as a result George Soros decided to return. Read his profile at Forbes.

To put it bluntly, George Soros thinks that Republican President Donald Trump is one of the worst things to happen to American politics ever. Soros flatly called out Trump’s fear mongering as “doing the work of ISIS” and he continues to advocate against Trump’s core platform policies which are anti everything that Soros ever fought for during his life. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that George Soros decided to jump back into the game in order to back progressive politicians like Hillary Clinton.

Soros returned to the Presidential Campaign trail in 2016 in order to support Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton as well as the rest of the down ticket progressive options. Soros would put in nearly $25 million via donation to a host of different PACs in order to try and offset the billionaire Koch Brothers that have made supporting Republicans a core part of their business policy. Soros donated heavily to Clinton’s personal PAC, giving a record breaking $7 million for the specific PAC. Michael Vachon, Soros’ own political adviser, pointed out that Soros had to return due to the nature of the stakes that this election had raised.

Being a billionaire investor willing to fight for progressive causes has turned George Soros almost into the perfect target for the conservative, right wing smear machine. Soros was a vocal advocate against George W. Bush and his incensed rhetoric against Donald Trump’s hate-speech has only fanned the flames of dislike between Soros and the right wing political group in the United States. Still, Soros refuses to back down and he continues to be one of the most supportive fighters for progress in the world today. Visit this site to know more at opensocietyfoundations.org.

What makes George Soros so special, and different from most billionaires, is the fact that he is completely self-made. Soros fled Nazi persecution in Hungary in order to work his way through the London School of Economics. From there Soros would sail to America where he would start, and succeed, with the Soros Hedge Fund.

The Nature of Charles Koch’s Large Donations to George Mason University

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April 12, 2016

No other University in America has received more funding from Charles Koch like George Mason University. The public school has greatly benefited from the philanthropy of Koch having received a whopping $48 million dollars in the last four years. In fact, in 2014, the public school received $16.8 million. This represents one third of the total donations that the school gets annually from private sources.

Most of the money received by the school, from donations, goes to the Institute for Humane Studies. Another large portion of the donations received from Koch is channeled to the Mercatus think tank located inside the school. The think tank was established back in 1992. Since then, it has received numerous support from Koch who happens to be the IHS board chairman, a Mercatus board member. The think tank largely advocates for a more liberal approach to governance and market control by conducting research that seeks to educate and push congressional staffers and federal regulators in a view to influence government policies.

While the large and generous donations continue to elicit worry and concern from students and other education stakeholders about the independence of universities from donors, the Charles Koch foundation has stated that all its donations come without any form of strings attached. The president of George Mason University, Angel Cabrera, has expressed his delight and appreciation to philanthropists like Charles Koch who give generously to education institutions in support of their programs.

Charles Koch is one of the richest men in the world. His total net worth today stands at about $43 billion. He is an American national, businessman, philanthropist and the Chief Executive Officer of Koch Industries. The petrochemicals company was inherited from his father, Fred C. Koch and Charles currently co-owns it with his younger brother, David Koch, each with an equal 42 percent stake. They have expanded the company into the second wealthiest, family owned, company in the United States. Koch has two other brothers namely Bill and Frederick Koch.

Koch is a known conservative and holds strictly liberal views concerning public and market policies.  He heads one of the biggest think tank that advocates for more liberal government policies called Mercatus. Koch is a published author and is married. He also has two children.