How End Citizens United is Going to Save American Politics

We are seeing a dramatic shift in how the average every day citizen sees the political machinations going on around the country. The election of Donald Trump, a reality star and real estate trust fund kid, has turned the formerly political apathetic into a new form of activists. Leading the charge is Tiffany Muller, the President of End Citizens United. End Citizens United is a grassroots political action committee that is focused on fighting back against big spending and special interests in the form of campaign finances. Their goal, ultimately, is to repeal the 2010 Citizens United decision in the Supreme Court.

 

Citizens United is a conservative group that fought with the Supreme Court in order to allow looser regulations and more dark money into the political machine. End Citizens United is the PAC formed by grassroots citizens who want to undo the massive damage that Citizens United did — thus making good on their own special name. End Citizens United was founded by President Tiffany Muller in order to give a real fight to the dirty and dark money that is so ingrained into the United States political machine. Muller has been fighting the good fight for the past year but she is seeing a surge in help from other American voters.

 

In fact, the beginning of 2017 has been successful on another level for End Citizens United and the rest of the progressive community. The election of President Trump has galvanized a resistance, thus bringing them out to support End Citizens United as much as possible. End Citizens United raised a stunning $4 million through the first spending quarter of the 2017 season and that number is expected to grow dramatically as the year progresses. That $4 million number was raised by every day Americans with the average donation only around $12. There are no special interests here. There are only Americans who want to feel like their country is still working for them. In fact, End Citizens United has a donations cap of $5,000 from any individual.

 

The goal of End Citizens United is to put politicians into government by way of supporting them through their electoral process. Ultimately, End Citizens United wants to get legislation passed via constitutional amendment in order to undo the infamous Citizen’s United Decision from 2010. Right now the money is pouring in and the petitions are filling up with signatures. End Citizens United saw over 325,000 people sign their ‘End Citizens United’ petition. End Citizens United also parlayed this momentum into support for several key Democratic candidates who all seem focused on changing the way money exists in politics. Of those Democrats, End Citizens United stood up behind Russ Feingold from Wisconsin and Michael Bennet from Colorado.

 

 

The Influence of George Soros in Politics

George Soros is a prominent Hungarian-American hedge funds entrepreneur. People view him differently. One side sees him as a wealthy person who supports and finances causes that are supported by liberals. Those on the far right believe he is the invisible hand in control of the world economy and power. However, there is a lack of evidence to support these claims.

However, there are times he has shown great control. At the start of the 90s, he earned over a billion dollars after betting against the British pound leading to a crisis in the British monetary system. In the late 1990s, he also made huge fortunes during the Asian Financial Crisis. This has resulted in the development of various unfounded conspiracy theories by those in the right wing.

In the 1990s, right-wing theorists developed conspiracy theories when he ranked highly in the hedge fund managers. However, he became more popular in 2004 when he financed groups blocking the reelection of President George W. Bush. This, combined with opposition to Iraq War became a fertile ground for the development of conspiracy theories.

Soros has since then been funding and supporting groups fighting for democratic changes in America and beyond. Many progressive groups have benefited from his financial support. He is an ardent campaigner for migrants and refugees among others.

His contribution to the Democratic Party can be compared to that made by the Charles and David Koch to the Republican Party. Professor Timothy Melley from Miami University says the current development of the conspiracy theory is not from the people but is only aimed at discrediting. Read more about George’s life story at biography.com.

George Soros and the Open Society Foundations

George Soros used his money to start the Open Society Foundation. He has donated over $12 billion in his lifetime making him the biggest donor in the world. He finances individuals and organizations that fight for freedom of speech, transparency, responsible regimes, and groups that support justice and equality.

His support mainly targets those discriminated based on who they are. Some of his beneficiaries are the marginalized groups like the Roma people in Europe among others.

Read more: http://www.investopedia.com/university/greatest/georgesoros.asp

Soros was born in 1930 in his home country, Hungary. As a Jew, he faced discrimination during the Nazi occupation. He left Hungary in at the age of 17 and went to London, where he worked as a railway porter to finance his education. He then moved to America in 1956 and started to work in the financial and investment industry.

Open Society Foundations is represented in the over 100 countries in the world by a network of foundations, associates, and projects. His philanthropic journey started in 1979 when he financed the education of black children in apartheid South Africa. Since then, he has supported many groups such as the Global Witness and the Institute for New Economic Thinking among others. Read his profile at Forbes.