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End Citizens United Is Prepared To Take On The Midterms

The preparations of the End Citizens United organization for the midterms has become a focus of everyone at the political action committee and their supporters. The organization has become one of the lead grassroots donation political action groups that has put their voice out their in opposition to special interest money in government. The upcoming midterms pose the possibility of making real progress with their goals in freeing up the American government from politicians who are owned by special interest money.

The History of End Citizens United
Started in 2015, the End Citizens United organization has sought to put a stop to the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. End Citizens United is a grassroots donations based organization located in the nation’s capital. The reason they are a grassroots organization against Citizens United is because this decision permits corporations to pose as if they are Citizens with voices in government may donate as much as they may possibly desire to a candidate. This makes this candidate or politician indebted to the special interests of that corporation. They will vote in favor for the corporation. By raising small money donations without special interest behind it, End Citizens United manages to put money toward candidates who are not owned by special interest money. They can go on to vote appropriately in Congress for the people and not for corporate interests. These free candidates and politicians who truly represent the people could also fight to overturn the Citizens United decision as a whole.

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The Future of End Citizens United
The future of End Citizens United depends on endorsement of candidates who have vowed to not take special interest money and on raising small money donations from supporters of their political action committee. The future of End Citizens United concerning the midterms looks bright as the PAC president Tiffany Muller has projected that they will raise $35 million to go to candidates they endorse. The majority of this campaign donation money is going to candidates who will face the big money 20 politicians that send Citizens United has decided to target in the 2018 midterms based on how much special interest money is funneled into their campaigns.

Fresh Candidates And Political Reform To End Citizens United

With the 2016 election almost a year behind us there are many lessons to be learned. One of those lessons, according to the committee End Citizens United, is to get special interest money out of politics and particularly our election process. ECU has been fighting for a constitutional amendment since March 2015 that would require donation transparency, thus eliminating the influence of Super PACs (corporations with inexhaustible donation power) and encourage small public donations. This change would give a voice to citizens, allow smaller campaigns a chance to thrive, and ensure a fair election process.

ECU has shown much progress, mainly with endorsing and promoting candidates who support their cause. The article “Randy Bryce Is the Perfect Fit for End Citizens United,” is just one example of their efforts to boost the right politicians in office.

Bryce, running for Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District, has already shown his support for ECU by only accepting small donations and refusing Super PAC funding. He also plans to run against Paul Ryan, the current Speaker of the House and a strong advocate and benefactor of Citizens United. Ryan supports the Supreme Court’s decision to define corporations as people, which gives them the right to donate anonymously and without limit. Bryce plans to alter our government’s priorities away from corporate influence and toward a system that listens to the concerns of ordinary citizens.

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To succeed, the solution to restoring our elections and our democracy are to overturn Citizens United and replace bought politicians with candidates who refuse corporate handouts for return favors. ECU is doing both with a campaign that plans to raise up to $35 million to support honest contenders to replace bought politicians. They also work state-by-state to pass reform laws and gain local support from officials who can call for an amendment to end Citizens United.

Additionally, ECU brings campaign finance reform and corruption issues to the forefront in order to inform the public. They achieve this through massive polling drives, a large social media presence, sources for the average citizen to participate locally, and educational resources to find out who and what is being funded.

With these efforts in place ECU hopes to flip many seats in the coming local and general elections and eventually get money out of the political process.

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Dick DeVos Backs Marco Rubio

Dick DeVos is a prominent figure in west Michigan, and the billionaire is looking to help the presidential campaign of Marco Rubio. The junior senator from Florida is hoping to pull out a big win in the Sunshine State. Florida is home to 29 electoral college votes. A win in Florida would provide a host of momentum (and a number of primary delegates) the senator could use.

DeVos was a supporter of former Florida governor Jeb Bush, but Bush has long departed the race. DeVos is hoping Marco Rubio will be able to succeed where Bush was not able to. Rubio reflects the more moderate/establishment wing of the GOP. There is hope Rubio can be a bridge to other factions within the party. DeVos points out that Rubio is a family friend, the two have known each other since Rubio was the Speaker of the House in the Florida House of Representatives.

DeVos hopes not only to financially support Rubio, he is hoping to be able to inspire others to get behind Rubio’s campaign. Sometimes, when a prominent person public puts his or her support behind a politician, others are more than willing to follow the lead.

Dick DeVos’ business history is intriguing. He is the former CEO and heir of Grand Rapids-based Amway. His father co-founded the company many years ago. He would venture into the world of professional basketball after purchasing the Orlando Magic NBA team. Being an owner of the Orlando team explains why DeVos has such a strong connection to the state of Florida.

The Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation is a charitable endeavor that focuses on areas related to community, education, leadership development, and the arts. The foundation has done a lot to help people in the west Michigan region.

To say Dick DeVos leads an active life would be an understatement. Visit Dick’s Netherland Institute page to get more information about his life and successful career or find him on Facebook to see updates like the following one.