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End Citizens United Uncovers Republican Party Ads Published By Russian Companies On Facebook

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The current political scenario in the government is incredibly tense owing to the number of corrupt practices that have come to light. People are starting to realize just how much of a bad situation they are in due to the Republican party coming into power. People from all over the country are coming forward in protest of the numerous actions that are taking place in the government, and End Citizens United is one of them.

End Citizens United is a political action committee that works to bring about change in the American society. The country is, in fact, a democracy and therefore people should theoretically be allowed to have a say in the matters of politics. However, it is only the wealthy and famous who get a say in things and not the rest of the population. The organization wants to make it so that the people will at least get a say in the things that govern them, and have a platform to voice their opinions on the policies and laws that are being passed in the government.

One of the most recent corruption schemes going on in the government was owing to the ads that were being published on Facebook for the Republican party. When the presidential campaign was going on, Facebook started showcasing ads that were being paid for by a Russian company. This enticed viewers to vote for the party and proved to be extremely useful in convincing the population, as evidenced by the results of the elections. In a way, these ads impacted the results of the vote, which has helped decide the future of the country. To prevent things like this from happening, the government had ruled that no foreign companies would be allowed to invest in any way into a political party and the campaigns that they conduct. However, the company that was involved with this did not do so directly, and operated through the loopholes in the law, making it perfectly legal. However, this did not play out well, and now has shed more evidence to the fact that the organization might have political ties to the Russian government in some way or the other.

ECU knows that if this continues, the country is being led in an unfavorable position, leading to their inevitable downfall. This is not one of the routes that the country should ideally take, which is why the organization is working to remedy the situation. The organization believes that the Democratic Party is the better choice for leading the country and therefore should be the ones in power as opposed to their Republican counterparts. The organization is working to help overthrow the corrupt and unqualified members of the political system so that only those who are well experienced and know what to do will be in power.

Visit endcitizensunited.org for more information about the group.

Philanthropy/Politics/Education

DeVos to Give Commencement Speech at Bethune-Cookman

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It was announced that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will deliver the keynote address for Bethune-Cookman University’s commencement on Wednesday, May 10th. Bethune-Cookman is one of the historically black institutions that has recently been praised by Secretary DeVos for providing education opportunities for the Afro-American community.

In making the announcement about Secretary DeVos’ appearance, the school compared her to the school’s founder saying that “much like Dr. Bethune, founder of Bethune-Cookman University, Secretary DeVos deems the importance of opportunity and hope for students to receive an exceptional education experience. Her mission to empower parents and students resonates with the history and legacy of Dr. Bethune.” Dr. Bethune’s started the school in Daytona Beach, Florida, which grew to over 250 students while she served as the university president and was one of the few tertiary institutes in the country where black women could study.

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The school also noted the importance of funding from the Federal Education Department to the very existence of Historically Black Universities and Colleges (HBCU) and to Bethune-Cookman specifically. In their official statement announcing the DeVos invitation, the school explained “students are directly impacted by funding dollars that are dispersed through the Department of Education. B-CU receives $4 million annually through Title III, which supports teaching, research and infrastructure. Additionally, Title IV impacts the ability of B-CU students to receive federal financial aid, overall influencing the ascension of Bethune-Cookman University students.”

The school praised Betsy DeVos, individually, for her charitable contributions to the black community. In the press release, the university pointed out that “Over the years, the DeVos family has supported Central Florida through several charitable efforts: 100 Black Men of Central Florida; Jones High School, and the Parramore neighborhood located in Orlando to name a few. Secretary DeVos has supported educational opportunities for students in over 25 states.” Secretary DeVos is daughter of the co-founder of Amway, Richard DeVos, and a philanthropist who has focused on educational opportunity.

Secretary DeVos and the Trump Administration have made a concerted effort since taking office to reach out to the country’s HBCU. In a February meeting with Deans and other leaders from HBCU, DeVos praised HBCU for being innovators and creating opportunities for the black community in the face of racial segregation. In holding them up as a model of school choice, Secretary DeVos said of HBCU that “They are living proof that when more options are provided to students, they are afforded greater access and great quality,” Check this article from New York Post.

Financial Professionals/Philanthropy/Politics

Soros joins MasterCard in Humanity Ventures

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While more people than ever are on the move in an attempt to escape war and political instability, countries in the developed world are becoming more hesitant about opening their borders to outsiders. In an effort to relieve the conditions that cause massive migration, billionaire philanthropist, George Soros, will join force with financial services company, MasterCard, to create economic opportunity within downtrodden communities worldwide.

In 2016, Soros argued that the developed world had failed in their duty to help refugees and relieve human suffering. In response, the financial wizard pledged $500 million to “invest in startups, established companies, social impact initiatives, and businesses founded by migrants and refugees themselves.” It was announce at the World Economic Forum this January that funds will now be used to initiate a program in conjuncture with the credit card behemoth, MasterCard, called Humanity Ventures. In unveiling the program, Soros stated that “our potential investment in this social enterprise, coupled with MasterCard’s ability to create products that serve vulnerable communities, can show how private capital can play a constructive role in solving social problems,” Read more story at Politico about George Soros.

While still in the planning stages, Humanity Ventures is hoped to stimulate economic development in the Third World. As stated by Ajay Banga, president and CEO of MasterCard, “We can have transformational impact by scaling our business-driven organization to leverage innovation, on-the-ground experience and long-term capital investments.” At first, the plan is to focus on improving the availability of health care and educational services to underserved areas of the world. However, Humanity Ventures could be a clearing house for many different programs to improve local economic development and entrepreneurship. For example, MasterCard has already created a digital voucher platform, MasterCard Aid Network, which has transformed how aid organizations can deliver services. “Over several years, we’ve applied our thinking and technology to help hundreds of millions connect to the formal economy and to help empower safer and more efficient aid distribution,” said Ajay Banga,

Humanity Ventures plans to tackle the chronic joblessness, and financial exclusion that afflict people in developing economies. MasterCard and George Soros believe this program that utilizes private-sector capabilities can spur development and transform life for the most needy

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Politics

End Citizen United: A Company Working Hard To Make Election Finance Free

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Citizens United is a conventional non-profit organization. Tiffany Muller is the current chairman and the president of ECU. It brought a Supreme Court case in U.S. known as Citizens United v. FEC that greatly loosened rules for governing election campaign finance. The mission for Citizens United mission is to restore the government of United States to “citizens’ control,” pursuing to “reassert the conventional American values of freedom of enterprise, strong families, limited government, and national security and sovereignty. And to fulfill that mission, Citizens United produces web advertisements, documentary films, and television commercials.

 

 

President and Executive Director for ECU are Tiffany Muller and hold a record of sanctioning the advanced grassroots to get ambitious goals, and she is excited to use her talents to assist end Citizens United and get money out of the politics. Political Director, Jody Murphy is a veteran of local and state political campaigns, and he has worked with state judicial caucuses for the last decade. Immediately before joining ECU, he served as an Independent Expenditure and Political Director for the DLCC. Adam Bozzi is Communications Director along with Rajan Narang as Sales and Local Strategy Director.

 

 

In recent weeks, the civil action committee has assisted urge its contributors to donate US$500,000 to begin a congressional campaign for Jon Ossoff, a Democrat and also a 1st-time political candidate who stand from Georgia. Jon has surprised political establishment by raising more than US$4 million for 18th April special election to fill a seat for Democrat House in a suburban part of Atlanta left vacant by Tom Price, Human and Health Services Secretary.

 

 

Muller, previous deputy political director, said the group is still investigating the races in which it’ll be active any time in 2018, but it can still play a role in protecting Democratic Senators. The name End Citizen United refers to Supreme Court’s decision of 2010, which opened the door to union and business donations in candidate elections and assisted them in launching super PACs, which can increase unrestricted amounts.

 

 

ECU operates as a conventional PAC and can’t accept donations above US$5,000 from an individual donor. Despite such donation cap, the fundraising in 2016 assisted vault it to the topmost ranks of groups that are Democratic-aligned and spending in elections the previous year.

 

 

Aggressive fundraising campaigns by End Citizens United also sparked distresses among few campaign-finance watchdogs, who are emphasizing grassroots activism above collecting political cash. Adam Bozzi, the spokesman for End Citizens United, said that this group had built more ties to such campaign-finance groups. For example, ECU collaborated with a couple of dozen of groups to urge senators from Republican team who received recent campaign donations from Betsy DeVos, wife of a well-known philanthropist Dick DeVos, to save themselves from voting on Betsy nomination as an Education secretary for Trump.