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.

Support Ross Abelow’s Go Fund Me Campaign to Assist Homeless Animals in New York City

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April 11, 2016

Ross Abelow is a New York City lawyer whose career spans many years. When he is not offering legal services, Ross Abelow is engaged in community activities and events. Just recently, he launched a campaign to help New York City home shelters. The Go Fund Me campaign has brought animal lovers from across the city to support this cause.

 

Launched on January 13th this year, the campaign was targeted at raising $ 5000 to help animal shelters take care of homeless animals. With winter and cold temperatures rising, there has been an increase in animal death in New York City as homeless animals die of cold and lack of food. The money will also go towards medical care, vaccines and blankets to keep the animals warm during these times.

 

One of the reasons why Ross Abelow started the campaign was because of the increase in the number of homeless animals. The reason why animal shelters are not taking in more animals is because they are unable to take care of the numbers they already have.

 

When Ross Abelow is not doing community service, he is at his law firm helping clients obtain the best legal services. He is a partner at Abelow & Cassandro LLP and his area of specialization is family law, commercial litigation and entertainment law. He is also an active writer, having contributed articles in a number of legal blogs. Mr. Abelow also has his own legal blog where he discusses legal matters and offers legal advice.

 

Whether you need a lawyer to help you settle a matter out of court or you want legal representation in court, Mr. Abelow is the kind of lawyer you want to work with. With his good reputation and high professional standards, he can help you work through your case from scratch to finish. Whether you want to settle a matrimonial issue or finalize your divorce, give him a call today. He also helps clients with legal issues touching on commercial law and entertainment law.

 

For those who wish to support this worthy cause, the campaign is still on-going. The funds collected will help secure a comfortable place for homeless animals in New York City and have them well-taken care of.

Venezuela Has Its Share In The Panama Papers

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April 11, 2016

As is well known by now, as this story has been in all the major news networks around the world, new papers and documents have been released that show that influential and famous people, including people who had links to heads of state, all had opened secret accounts and owned secret undisclosed companies in Panama to avoid paying taxes.

However, Venezuela has its share of people who were engaged in this business. In fact, the word Venezuela appears on no less than 241,000 documents in the released Panama papers. However, Norka Luque feels the biggest scoop is that the former officer in charge of security at the presidential palace, Adrián José Velásquez Figueroa,actually opened accounts in Panama in 2007 that he did not disclose. Norka says this is important because he had close ties with the heads of state that he served. Now, the documents report that he had personal assets worth 1.6 million dollars, which would have been impossible for him to make on his job, as he was only making two hundred dollars per month.