The End Citizens United PAC has built a solid reputation among liberals, Democrats, independent voters, and Republicans for its aim of bringing an end to the damaging campaign finance rules which have caused a shift in the U.S. political establishment. Although End Citizens United understands the needs of special interest groups and political donors always played a key role in the shaping of U.S. politics the 2010 Citizens United decision has placed this in a sharper focus than ever before.
After being established in 2015, End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller used the 2016 Presidential and national elections as a testing ground for the different messages the PAC could use in their quest to elect larger numbers of Democratic candidates to office. The campaign message which has registered most strongly with voters is that of election finance reform including the pledge made by candidates endorsed by End Citizens United not to accept funding from Super PACs and special interest groups; this message has recently been used in the Texas Senate election between incumbent Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Beto O’Rourke.
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Recent polls suggest O’Rourke remains something of an unknown quantity in Texas despite winning election to the House of Representatives for the El Paso region before standing in the 2018 Midterms against one of the best-known Republicans in office in 2018. In a recent End Citizens United poll, O’Rourke was just eight points behind Cruz after sitting at 18 points in arrears in late 2017; this is despite 61 percent of those polls stating they had little knowledge of the political views of the Democrat. After the views of Beto O’Rourke regarding his decision not to accept any campaign contributions from Super PACs and wealthy donors were explained, his polling figures leaped to two points ahead of Cruz by a full two polling points.
Beto O’Rourke has found a great level of success in his campaign when his views on bringing an end to the Citizens United decision have become known to a public now seeing the problems caused by this decision in the direction U.S. politics is taking in the 21st-century. In the latest quarter to be revealed the Democrat outperformed his Republican rival in terms of campaign contributions with $2.4 million in contributions received from grassroots donors compared to just $1.9 million raised by Senator Cruz. This success still leaves O’Rourke lagging behind Cruz who has more than $7 million in funds available compared to O’Rourke’s $4.6 million in total contributions by the end of 2017 which shows just how close the race may become as the Midterms draw closer.
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Betsy DeVos, the new United States Secretary of Education under President Donald Trump, is known for a variety of things. She and her husband are known for their philanthropy as well as their activism. Betsy DeVos in particular is known for her efforts to reform education in the United States. An interview recently conducted with Mrs. DeVos by Philanthropy Roundtable lent a great deal of insight into what she has done and what she plans to do in the future.
During this interview, Betsy DeVos said that she’s extremely optimistic about private school voucher programs that she has set into motion. She says that the growth of the movement is faster than ever, with 40,000 new students entering educational choice programs in the last year alone. In addition, many new programs in different states have come into play. She states that public school programs are currently failing, which is only helping her cause.
When she talks about what got her started in education reform, she says that it was not one moment that drew her into this cause. However, she said that she and her husband saw many parents who were not able to provide for their children what they were able to provide for their own. They believed that it was important to support the individual students in all of their endeavors and dreams for the future. Betsy and her husband saw that low-income children and their parents were the ones that needed the most help, so they decided to concentrate all of their intention there. Betsy started a foundation that would provide scholarships for these low-income families, so that parents would have the freedom to make choices as to how their children would have taken their education. However, she did realize quickly that this was not going to solve the problem on the level that she wanted to solve it, as this would only help a few people and not all of the people who needed help. Becoming more involved in the educational choice movement on a political level was clearly what needed to be done in order to exercise the influence that Betsy DeVos wanted to exercise.
Because she wanted to have more influence then through simple philanthropy and providing a few scholarships to a few people, she served on the boards of national charities that were in place to address the issue of education reform. She even went so far as to start a political action committee in the state of Michigan that was meant to expand the influence of charter schools all throughout Michigan. However, her influence spread to other states as well, and she claims that she has had the most success with her efforts in the state of Florida.
Betsy DeVos is a strong member of the Republican party, but she believes that her efforts are soon going to be supported by democrats as well. She is particularly focused on educational choice, and she wants every child to be able to go to school and choose their schools without the restrictions of poverty. Learn more: http://www.betsydevos.com/
End Citizens United works to make sure that they can put the voting rights back into the hands of the citizens of the United States. They know that it is unfair for the government to allow corporations to donate to campaigns and politicians just because they feel like they are the same as citizens. It is something that the organization was designed to fight and something that has allowed them the chance to try new things in the areas that they are in. For End Citizens United to be able to try new things, they need to make sure that they have the necessary support. They want to do all of these things so that they can make it easier for citizens to be able to vote and to have their voice heard by donating to the campaigns that they are a part of. It is also something that they want to use to set people apart from the campaigns that they are a part of.
While End Citizens United is working to bring change to the areas that they are in, they know that citizens are the only ones who are going to benefit from the things that they are planning on doing. They want to show people that they can get more out of situations that they are in and that they will be able to have their own type of change if they can do more with their own organizations.
It is important that End Citizens United be successful because it could come to the point where citizens have no political or voting rights at all. This would be detrimental but it would not be unheard of in the political outlook of the United States. For people to be able to see the things go back to the way that they were, they need to work in combination with End Citizens United so that they can change things. They should be able to make everything better for people who are in different situations and for people who want to make things better on their own.
While End Citizens United is fighting to bring change to the areas that they are in, they are going to continue to make things easier for citizens. Right now, a corporation can donate millions of dollars to the politicians that they like. The problem with that, though, is that most citizens are not able to donate anywhere near that amount. Since citizens are the ones who are able to vote, they need to be able to have the same type of power. Allowing corporations to donate like that will take the power away from the citizens and cause problems because candidates will be able to make things better.