The Reformers in End Citizen United

Democracy is not for sale. Political systems in the modern economies have been corrupted, bent and even broken to serve the purpose of a few. This is not right. As a result, committees, movements and advocacy groups have been set up to lobby for the reclaiming of democracy that has presently been undermined. Among them is the End Citizen United.

 

The decision by the Supreme Court in 2010 in Citizen Vs F.E.C. has been attributed to be the roots of all political evils in the country today. Its decision opened a portal for the haves in the society and those with hidden agendas to spend generously in the nation’s elections. This has, in turn, led to the loss of accountability and transparency in the election system with corporations and renowned billionaires trying all they can to topple political power in their favor. At this point, End Citizen United comes in.

 

End Citizen United came into force on the 1st of March 2015. It is set out to counter the destructive effects of Citizen United and also bring in changes in the political campaign finance system. With the involvement of the ordinary citizens, the committee has stood up its ground to fight against the increased interference of elections by the moneyed. The committee has laid this down as a foundation to build an alliance championing for reforms and deserved action by lawmakers.

 

End Citizen United was founded to curb the Big Money flowing in politics. It also aims to tear apart the scammed political system by passing sound balloting measures and electing reformists in office. The committee also works towards utilizing the efforts of grassroots to exhibit political prowess on critical political issues like the money matter, making it a national priority and formulating an approach to correct it through the election of pro-reform candidates.

 

The committee believes in endorsing Democrats as a strategy to help topple Citizen United. The preferred candidates for the committee’s meaningful reforms are to be accorded full support throughout this battle of democracy. Also, Democrats lead on the line to fight against these atrocities, and the committee believes that their leadership will bring about the desired changes in the broken campaign finance system.

 

End Citizen United has a strong conviction on transparency in political spending. It practices what it spearheads. The committee receives funding from thousands of grassroots supporters countrywide. They are viewed as the movement investors with an integrated view of reclaiming the lost democracy. The committee is under the experienced leadership of top leaders. These leaders are committed to injecting change to the political system by fighting the Big Money and conferring the democratic power to its rightful place with the people.

Business, Charity, and Politics: Betsy DeVos Does it All

Ever since her days at Calvin College, Betsy DeVos has been involved in trying to change the status quo and helping her community. This has led to her being an advocate for school vouchers and charter schools. She has served on the boards of several charitable organizations. Her endeavors also led to her jumping into the political realm, which included a stint as chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party and now the Secretary of Education in President Donald Trump’s cabinet.

On her website, Betsy DeVos is described as a pioneer whose goal is to remove barriers and create environments to help people thrive. She believes this means giving parents more choices in how their children are educated. To that end, DeVos served as chairwoman of the Alliance for School Choice which, along with supporting school vouchers, also gives tax credits to businesses that offer private school scholarships. She and her husband Dick, an entrepreneur and former gubernatorial candidate in Michigan, helped with the passage of a charter schools bill in that state in 1993. DeVos also set up a foundation to provide scholarships to poor families. She also wants to see technology used more in the classroom, citing her own experience in school. DeVos said in an interview with Philanthropy Roundtable that she was bored in school, and kids today must be bored as well when they have to check their phones and devices at the classroom door. DeVos explains that technology and learning programs could make education fun. As Secretary of Education, DeVos said she wants to see more focus put on community colleges and providing more federal financial aid for year round students.

Learn more: http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/01/31/512507538/under-devos-heres-how-school-choice-might-work

Along with her work in the education field, DeVos is heavily involved with many charitable organizations. She previously headed up the American Federation for Children and the Philanthropy Roundtable. DeVos also served on the boards of ArtPrize, the DeVos Institute for Arts Management, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The DeVos Foundation, created by her and her husband, not only supports educational programs and groups, but also donates money to hospitals, health research programs, the arts, and free market think tanks.

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