End Citizens United: How They Are Fighting For The Real Democracy

End Citizens United has been established since March 1st, 2015, and it is a Political Action Committee that is being funded by grassroots donors. They are dedicating their support for their cause to countering the catastrophic effects of End Citizens United and reforming their campaign finance system. Their motto is to show voters, elected officials, candidates, and the press that public is fighting back with force against an increasing brazenness of the wealthy individuals who are trying to purchase the elections. That would be a key to building a broad coalition working towards the campaign finance reform and compelling lawmakers to take immediate action for that.

 

Their mission is to combat big money in politics and to dismantle the rigged political system by passing state ballot measures and electing campaign finance reform champions. Such champions will certainly work toward overturning the Citizens United, ending infinite money in politics, and ending the dark money. The group, End Citizens United, officially launched in August 2015, has raised more than two million dollars from small donors so far and this group is on track to rake in a sum of approx. US$25 million to $30 million for the whole cycle, as being said by Richard Carbo, their communications director.

 

The ultimate goal of this group is to pass a legal amendment to reverse the decision of Supreme Court for Citizens United, which in 2010 gave rise to a super PACs and released a tidal wave of dark money into the politics. So far, more than 0.3 million individuals have signed the petition for End Citizens United demanding Congress to pass such legislation. This number is likely to get a boost, as End Citizens United has partnered with “Ready for Hillary” and is going to rent out the email list which includes around 4 million people to reach out to the possible liberal supporters.

 

While there’ve been other PACs which focus on the reform, their communications director said that this group is unlike other because “there was a hole in conversation addressing a political side of it and getting contestants elected” who can change the laws that exist since very long time with no change. This group plans on setting up a free expenditure arm sometime this year to financially back the candidates with the help of initiatives including direct mailers, television ads, and polling. While End Citizens United hopes to assist them to pass campaign finance reforms on the local as well as on the state level, its primary objective of passing a legitimate amendment to overturn the Supreme Court decision that has made in 2010. A legal amendment, after all, should win consent from 2/3 of the House and the Senate, in addition to being sanctioned by 3/4th of the states.

George Soros Makes Huge Donations In Florida And Against Hate Crimes

New reports show that billionaire investor George Soros donated over $900,000 dollars to help Aramis Ayala win the State Attorney race in Florida’s 9th Judicial Circuit. That brings his statewide total to over $1.8 million this year alone.

The Democrat Aramis Ayala, who had served as Assistant State Attorney in the 10th Judicial Circuit from 2002-2004, was not expected to win against the incumbent State Attorney Jeff Ashton. Ayala told reporters she was thankful to be given the chance to represent Floridians as the new State Attorney for the 9th Judicial Circuit.

Ayala has a great deal of experience with the judicial system in Florida. Ayala has worked as an Assistant Public Defender in the 9th Judicial Circuit, a Legal Analyst for Fox 35 Orlando, and a professor at both the University of Central Florida and Florida A&M University. Ayala received her B.A. in Political Science at the University of Michigan and her Master of Science in Criminal Justice from University of Central Florida.

Although Americans primarily know Soros for his large donations to national races, he has been actively involved in many local and state elections in recent times. Soros almost always supports Democratic candidates and causes.

A few other candidates Soros helped in the Sunshine State include Vic Torres in Senate District 15 and Emily Bonilla in Orange County Board of Commissioners District 5. Both of these Democratic candidates also defeated the Republicans in their respective races.

But all of George Soros’ investments did not end in victory. Benny Valentin, who ran for the Florida House District 42, lost to Republican Mike La Rosa. Also, Soros invested in Beth Tuura’s race for Florida House District 47. Tuura lost to Republican Mike Miller.

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Most people are aware that Soros was extremely active in the most recent presidential election. Soros donated over $6 million to the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Of course, Republican Donald Trump won the election against Clinton in November. Trump’s victory, however, has not silenced Soros one bit.

Most recently, George Soros told reporters he would donate over $10 million dollars to stop hate crimes in the USA. Soros, who was born into a Jewish family in Hungary during World War II, says he is frightened by the rise in hate crimes following Trump’s victory.

This $10 million donation will come right out of Soros’s organization called the Open Society Foundation. This money will go to various organizations around the nation dedicated to fighting the spread of hate crimes.

Soros cited a recent study put out by the Southern Poverty Law Center that showed a dramatic increase in hate crimes after Trump’s election. The Southern Poverty Law Center said they received calls for over 900 harassment cases on November 8th and 9th.

Members of the Open Society Foundation hope this money will help those experiencing hate speech or violence get the legal help they need to take these cases to court. Soros himself said he remembers his own experiences during the Holocaust and wants to protect the USA from falling into the flames of fascism.

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George Soros: Political Powerhouse

In a recent Politico article by Kenneth Vogel, he talks about how George Soros is once again a political-funding powerhouse for the Democrats. He was formerly a huge donor for them, but he skipped a few election cycles since his backing of John Kerry in 2004, and for Barack Obama in 2008.

George Soros is a native of Hungary, and he is known for his fierce political beliefs. He feels that this election cycle, Hillary Clinton will be the best president, and he has once again reaffirmed his stance with the Democrats. Soros, who has a net worth of over 20 billion dollars, made Soros money from risky hedge fund ventures that he did throughout his professional career. This election, he is known as one of the Democrats biggest donors, because he donated 25 million dollars to Hillary Clinton, and for other Democrat elections on nybooks.com.

People who are close to George Soros feel that he is more politically active this election cycle due to the economic and political events that are happening throughout the world. Due to such things that have happened this year, such as the Brexit event in the United Kingdom, or the stock market fluctuations that are happening in China, he chose to not go to the Democratic National Convention on opensocietyfoundations.org.

One of the aspects that George Soros has also decided to focus in on this election, is he wants to make sure that immigrants to The United States make it to the polls on election day. As an immigrant himself, he wants to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to vote. Specially, he donated five million dollars to a super Pac called Immigrant Voters Win that has a sole purpose of getting low-income Hispanic voters to the polls in swing states.

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