End Citizens United Will Focus Intense Effort On 20 Key Republican Seats In Midterm Elections

Twenty Republican members of Congress now have a special target on their backs heading into the 2018 midterm election – placed there by a progressive political action committee (PAC) on a mission to rid both the U.S. Senate and House of money-grubbing politicians.

The PAC is called End Citizens United, a group formed in 2015 with the goal of getting big money out of the American election system, especially those huge donations of “dark money” from mega-corporations and self-serving billionaires.

End Citizen United calls them the “Big Money 20” – a list of politicians they say are the most egregious lap dogs for fat-cat special interests who want politicians kept firmly in their pockets.

Only two Senators made the list: Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Sen. Dean Heller of Utah. End Citizen’s United executive director Tiffany Muller said Cruz and Heller are among the “worst of the worst.”

Also on Muller’s naughty list are 18 members of the U.S. House which round out the Big Money 20. On this roster are such powerful figures as California’s U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa and the notoriously Russian-friendly Rep. Dana Rohrbacher.

House Speaker Paul Ryan also made the list as did Rep. Erik Paulsen of Minnesota. Rep. Tom MacArthur of New Jersey made the Big Money 20 as did Rep. Mike Bishop of Michigan.

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End Citizens United says it will reach a target or raising $35 million for the 2018 election cycle, money it will use to create specific ads which inform voters about who is being “bought-and-paid-for” by super-wealthy special interests.

End Citizens United takes its name from a 2010 Supreme Court Decision which came to be known as the Citizens United ruling. The action basically opened the floodgates allowing unlimited cash contributions from corporations to candidates. The Supreme Court also decided that corporations are the equivalent of “people.” What’s worse, big corporations can keep their contributions largely secret – hence, “dark money” that could be coming from anywhere, even from a hostile foreign power such as Russia, even though the latter is still illegal.

The ultimate goal of End Citizens United is to push through a new Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will overturn the Supreme Court’s disastrous 2010 decision according to fightforreform.org. In the meantime, the PAC is determined to flip the House from Republican to Democratic control in 2018, and with luck, the U.S. Senate also.

Doing so will pave the way toward moving the overall objective of End Citizens United forward – ending the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court mandate. Without at least a Democratic-controlled U.S. House, progress on amending the Constitution would be next to impossible because most Republicans favor big money in politics.

Learn more about End Citizens United: http://releasefact.com/2017/09/end-citizens-united-endorses-randy-bryce-in-run-against-paul-ryan/

Dick Devos Speaks Up on Education Reforms

Dick Devos is a businessman and one of the founders of the Windquest Group which is an organization founded by him and his wife and deals in matters technology. Dick and his wife are also co-chairs at the Education Freedom Fund which was founded in 1993 and looks to provide privates scholarships to students who come from poor families in Michigan.

 

Mr Devos’ wife was recently interviewed concerning the couples education reforms. Dick and his wife said that seeing parents with low income struggle to support their children’s education and take them to good schools motivated her husband and her to get into this movement. The Devos explained that it pained them that they were able to cater for all their children’s needs in terms of education whereas there were parents who were literally struggling and from there, she and her husband decided to begin offering support to these families.

 

They, however acknowledged that financially supporting these families could not be a long term solution as awareness had to be addressed concerning this issue. The Devos decided to partake in politics where they would further push for this agenda and try and get tax credit scholarships for these less fortunate students but that did not work out. This led to her founding the Great Lakes Education Project which saw the expansion of charter schools and as a result, American Federation for Children was founded and this organization basically raised awareness to the public and helped them understand why a good education is important.

 

Dick explains that the education reform basically tries to get rid of the mentality where a child can only get education in institutions that are not at per with the kind of money their parents have, she says every child is entitled to good quality education.

 

When asked about his stand on charter schools and if he thinks advocating for them would lead to the phasing out of other reforms, Dick said that unlike other schools such as private ones, it takes a while for charters schools to pick up and need a lot of money before they begin their operations. Dick explained that success according to him is when all parents, regardless of their financial status, will be able to offer the best education to their little ones. Dick Devos and his wife, Betsy have made it their sole purpose to fight for all children so that they are able to get good educations in whichever locations they are.

 

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Betty Devos: Education Reformist

It is in my opinion that Betsy DeVos is a highly qualified candidate for Secretary of Education for the Trump Administration. I don’t feel that all the negative press she has had to endure is justified or grounded on by any logic. I feel that she should be given a fair chance to prove her worth and that she will fully fulfill her responsibilities and goals.

Betsy DeVos is a member of the Republican Party and has a lengthy background for advocating for new education policies, which includes the school vouchers for private schools. Through the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation she has donated $139 million collectively over the years since its establishment in 1989. These contributions focus primarily on furthering education, community, arts, leadership and justice for institutions such as: hospitals, health research, art organizations, evangelical missions, Christian schools and conservative, free market think-tanks. I believe these philanthropic actions could be the proper structure the education system may need to bring up the graduation rate and lower the drop-out rate. Visit their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org

DeVos is a member of the Foundation for Excellence in Education which is known for introducing policy changes to the current school system since 2007. Devos has also served for the Alliance for School as well as the Action Institute; she currently heads the All Children Matter political action committee. These organizations aim to “promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles.” I feel that bringing back Judaeo-Christian morals to the school system will be a boon to the free market while lowering the vile corruption of corporations in the future for our children.

I feel that the people of this nation knows that something is wrong with the current school system and they feel that is just the way it is and cannot be changed, but if we just give Betsy DeVos a chance, she might be able bring back some faith into the schools and students. It seems that the current system just churns out our children for the future potential gains and does not focus on building and shaping children into being individuals that are capable of free thought. DeVos has a long, arduous road ahead of her if she is to revitalize the school system, we should not be an added obstacle when we haven’t allowed her to perform at her optimal level.

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Charles Koch Warns Donald Trump Against Ignoring Some Republicans in the Party

The Interview of Charles Koch by ABC news network has proved that of all the comments Donald Trump has made to the public, the one that has made Charles Koch pissed-off is the temporary ban on all Muslims entry into the United States until the national security problem is solved. In fact, the views by Donald Trump on banning Muslims, Koch compared them as “reminiscent of Nazi Germany”, “Monstrous” and “Frightening”.

Charles Koch is a Libertarian billionaire who and his brother have vast energy and manufacturing interests. Charles Koch is the chairman and CEO of Koch Industries which he has managed and retained the position from 1967. He has lamented the strategy by the Republican candidates to attack each other’s personality saying that, they have diverted their campaigns from the critical issues affecting America. However, Koch held a slightly less harsh comment of Ted Cruz who has also said he would carpet-bomb the Middle East under ISIS control.

It is not the first time the Koch brothers have been involved in politics. They have in fact spent millions of dollars and over decades of efforts to reshape the state and municipal governments of cities in America. Some of the policies they have supported include the enacting of a voter ID, combat of the gun control and discouraging government regulation of all kinds. David Koch, the brother of Charles Koch, had predicted in January that Scott Walker, the current governor of Wisconsin would be the Republican nominee. However, times have changed now after winning Indiana; Trump has become the presumptive Republican nominee to head the party during the national election.

One of the things Trump should think carefully about is the fact that he could risk running for general election without Koch network and their allies. Donors such as Koch are people who have seen election after election, and they have the necessary experience Trump would need to win the general election much easier. The problem at hand for Trump is that Charles Koch has revealed a probability of Koch network support Hilary Clinton in the general election.

If the Koch network supports the Clinton’s in the general election, Trump stands to lose by big margins. It is true that Charles Koch and donors like him in the Republican party holds the key to whether Trump will win the general elections. What Trump need to do instead is to know their reasons behind supporting Clinton and see whether he can accommodate these ideas in his policies.

Source: http://www.wsj.com/articles/charles-kochs-warning-1462400425