The real problem with the politics these days is how the big companies and affluent individuals pocket the politicians or manage to get them to their side. It harms the interest of the people and makes it difficult for the political leadership to be directed towards the path of progress of the entire nation. The reason behind it is how the campaign finance rules are designed, especially after the Citizens United lawsuit in 2010. The verdict given by the Supreme Court in 2010 made it easier for the enterprises to pump money into the elections. Even though political funding is nothing new, the Supreme Court’ decision of 2010 made it easier for the big companies to channel their money into the election campaigns.
Election campaigns are designed to ensure that the country’s leadership goes into the hand of the person who has a vision for growth and equality across the nation, the one who knows what needs to be done to put the country on the track to progress. Since the time the Supreme Court decided against allowing the corporations to fund the elections with as much money as they want, the elections campaigns have become more lavish than ever before. The corporations are trying hard to win favors from the politicians by putting millions in their pockets, which more times than many, crosses the interest of the general public.
End Citizens United, a political action committee, has been supporting politicians who are in favor of neat and clean politics without the backing of corporate money. It was formed in 2015 by Tiffany Mueller with the aim to overturn the Supreme Court decision for the campaign finance rules. End Citizens United has been active politically since its inception and endorses the politicians to help them stand tall against the candidates who are backed by the corporate money. The Corporate PACs and Super PACs support many politicians, and their interests and priorities are mostly pointing towards that of the big corporations and wealthy individuals.
End Citizens United continues to help the politicians who it finds has a history of excellent public service and intent, and has denounced the Corporate PAC. Recently, End Citizens United endorsed two favored candidates for Congress, Cory Booker, and Kirsten Gillibrand. They are running for Senate and was earlier backed by corporate PAC, but recently announced they are moving away from it to follow the popular trend nowadays to say no to the corporate PACs. It is what End Citizens United believes would help bring awareness among the people as to how the corporations and wealthy individuals are controlling the country with their money. End Citizens United hopes that in future it would bring many more politicians under its fold.
The Hungarian born investment specialist George Soros has become one of the world’s leading political figures over the course of the last two decades after becoming a leading donor to liberal and Democratic candidates and causes. Soros has taken a liberal view for the majority of his life after living for a prolonged period of time under the rule of a series of dictatorships following the occupation of Hungary by the Nazi’s during World War II and the Communist regime of Joseph Stalin; in the 21st century Soros has largely focused on his own charitable Open Society Foundations and ignored political giving until a series of global events led to Soros making a $25 million investment in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election cycle. Learn more about his profile at businessinsider.com
George Soros made his initial political splash as a donor during the 2004 election season when his $27 million in donations to the campaign of Democrat John Kerry made him the hero of the left and a polarizing figure for those on the right of the political spectrum; during the election campaigns run by President Barrack Obama, George Soros decided to remove himself from the issues of major donors being giving a major level of political influence for parties on both the right and left of U.S. politics. Politico reports Soros himself believes the political influence of major donors has grown to great and should be curbed by bringing an end to the Citizen’s United Supreme Court decision; in a bid to achieve this aim, George Soros has become one of the supporters of the “End Citizen’s United” PAC that limits its donors to a maximum donation of just $5,000. In 2016, George Soros began to view the global political situation as in a delicate state that required a large amount of work and the correct politicians to take up positions of power across portions of Europe and North America. George Soros believed Democrat and former secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the correct person to take on the challenges of a rising far right influence on global politics because of the policies she was to put into place before the victory of Republican Donald J. Trump. Read more at Washington Times.
Soros himself has always kept a close eye on the issues facing refugees and the dispossessed across the world, which has led to the recent Syrian refugee crisis affecting the European Union in a negative way. As a 17 year old, George Soros left his home in Hungary to travel to the U.K. to attend the London School of Economics where the financial career of the hedge fund icon led to the Hungarian born 86 year old building a personal fortune of an estimated $26 billion, according to Forbes.
Betsy DeVos is a well-known philanthropist, businesswoman, and political figure. She grew up in Michigan, as part of the Prince family. Her was father was a billionaire industrialist, making her family one of the wealthiest in the state. Her family was active members of the church and she attended private school before graduating from Calvin College with her undergraduate degree. After graduation, Betsy married a member of another Michigan family dynasty, Dick DeVos. Her husband Dick is the multi-billionaire dollar heir to the Amway corporation, and part of a family known for their philanthropic and political donations. Both Betsy and Dick have long-since been involved in politics. Betsy DeVos began being involved in politics in college and has served the Michigan Republican Party since 1982. She has served as a local precinct delegate, Committeewoman, and Chairwoman. Betsy is known for her political fundraising skills, having personally raised more than $150,000 for Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign. Her most recent political post has been her nomination to Secretary of Education after the 2016 Presidential Election.
Growing up around success, Mrs. DeVos learned how to be a good businesswoman. She and her husband Dick are the chief investors and members of the board of a company that offers patients biofeedback therapy through a group a brain performance centers, named Neurocore. Neurocore offers these types of therapies to patients who suffer from disorders like autism, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, and depression. Betsy is also the Chairwoman of the Windquest Group, founded by Betsy and her husband in 1989. Her and her husband produced a Broadway production based on a book written by Kathie Lee Gifford, called Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson.
She is part of two family dynasties which have been known for their political and philanthropic donations. The entire DeVos family was ranked on Forbes list of the country’s top givers for their lifetime charitable givings that total more than $139 million. In 1989, Betsy and her husband Dick founded the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, a foundation that is motivated by faith and helps support organizations that are centered on arts, community, justice, leadership, and education. Mrs. DeVos sat on the board of directors at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as appointed by President Bush, and helped built a new center while she was there that teaches art managers and their board of directors how to manage their institutions and how to fundraise for them. Betsy DeVos has been an advocate for education for decades, advocating for school choice, vouchers, and investing in charter schools.