Monthly Archives: October 2018

End Citizens United is Influencing Mid-Term Candidates

One of the fundraising strategies of the Democratic candidates this midtem election period is to stop accepting political action committee money and to focus on getting money from the grassroots.

Most grassroots people give only $250 to candidates.

This strategy shows the influence of End Citizens United group on the candidates. This group came to into existence after the Supreme Court ruled that corporations can give as much as they want to candidates. The court ruled in favor of a fundraising group called Citizens United.

This strategy advocated by End Citizens United group has become a more popular strategy for candidates. This strategy started in national campaigns and has moved to local state-wide races. Howard Dean, a 2004 Democratic presidential candidate, was the first to show that you could get a lot of donations from the Internet. The Barack Obama campaigns of 2008 and 2012 continued this form of fundraising as well as the 2016 Bernie Sanders campaign. View the group’s profile on

The 2018 Beto O’Rourke campaign in Texas continues the End Citizens United form of fundraising. During his campaigning, Beto O’Rourke has been able to raise $38 million from about 800,000 contributions and none of the money comes from PAC people. He has raised so much money that he could set a fundraising record for a campaign quarter. This reinforces this strategy that state-wide candidates can run a winning campaign without having to resort to using PAC money.

Other Democratic candidates have seen the influence of End Citizens United (ECU).. They are increasingly not accepting money from corporate PACs. They are not accepting union PACs as well. They just rely on the sophistication of the big grassroots groups to get their money.

What has helped the ECU strategy is that voters have begun to realize that special interest groups have too much influence on American politics. The campaign donations from corporations and unions have too much influence on what candidates do when they get elected. They seem to do more what corporations want instead of what the voters want.



Benefits of Joining AIA Courtesy of Robert Ivy

Robert Ivy is the leader and a renounced CEO of the great American Institute of Architects (AIA). He has served the Architectural Record in the capacity of the editor-in-chief for almost two and a half decades. His many years in the architectural field has seen him gain tremendous knowledge that has enabled him to appreciate the benefits of an architecture joining AIA fully. Some of these benefits include:

Getting access to Educational Resources

Members of the AIA are advantaged as they frequently get educational materials and other resources, which enable them to be able to keep up with the current dynamic changes in their field of profession. The enhanced knowledge and expertise help them in providing excellent and quality work to their clients. Read more about Robert Ivy at Tulane School of Architecture website.

Help in Job Hunting and Networking Opportunities.

Robert Ivy, as a profound CEO of the AIA, has global connections with many clients throughout his career and tenure at the AIA. As a member of AIA, Robert has managed to make job-hunting easy for many people. Robert Ivy and other AIA board members have been holding functions where members can interact amongst themselves, giving their names to other architects hence amplifying their chances of getting jobs.

Gaining Credentials.

AIA members have been able to gain positive credentials due to their outstanding works and good relationships with their clients wherever they go to work as they have built their credibility already. This has also boosted their client relationship and has made them be among the few sorts after architects in America. Visit Archinect to know more about Robert Ivy.

Leadership Opportunities

Robert Ivy believes in nurturing people and making them be the best in their field of profession, and with this, he has been able to give the AIA members opportunities in leadership at different categories in the Architectural field making them advance their expertise and knowledge.

Industry Interests

AIA members have been given a chance to choose the category in which they believe they are best in. This has seen them being able to sway their policymakers to make decisions that will benefit them and being in the association has seen them being provided with resources which have enabled them to be able to work efficiently.


The Chainsmokers: Conquering the DJ Scene

The Chainsmokers are one of America’s most well-known musical duos. Starting out as DJs at a young age, both Drew Taggart and Alex Pall knew that music was their passion, but it wasn’t until they started working together that their dreams truly took shape. Their unique mixture of electronic beats combined with original, thought provoking lyrics was a bit outside the box for DJs when they first hit the scene. Their choice to feature themselves on vocals was also an unusual choice, but one that certainly paid off. The release of their first album took the musical world by storm; the album topped the Billboard album charts and reached platinum status. Having now achieved eight Top 10 Billboard hits, there is no doubt that the Chainsmokers possess what it takes to keep them front and center in the music scene.

Recently named number two on Forbes list of highest paid DJs, surpassing even the well-known David Guetta, the Chainsmokers definitely have the financial backing to show for their rapid success. They are currently nearing the last year of a three year contract with Wynn Nightlife, a Las Vegas nightclub. Each nightly show brings them a check in the mid six-figures, which easily explains how they made the top of Forbes’ list. That, combined with touring and music sales, brought in a staggering $45.5 million in 2018.

Not to worry, all of this success has not made them complacent. They continue to write and release new music which never seems to disappoint their ever-growing fan-base. Their newest release, This Feeling feat. Kelsea Ballerini has reached over 30 million YouTube views in less than three weeks. Other releases from this year, such as “You Owe Me” and “Sick Boy” are now into the hundreds of millions of views, showing that their fans enthusiasm shows no sign of waning. Taggart and Pall are definitely not slowing down in their pursuit of new and interesting ways to express their creativity and it is not just their fans who are excited about their journey, the DJ duo is equally excited to see what is coming next.

Marc Beer – article recap

Renovia Inc through its CEO Marc Beer has been able to raise 42 million dollars that will help the startup develop new products for pelvic floor disorders. Renovia Inc is a medical technology company that was co-founded by Marc Beer and is based in Boston. Marc Beer Co-founded Renovia with the primary objective of developing diagnostic and therapeutic products that will help combat pelvic floor disorders. Pelvic floor disorder is a condition that affects millions of women across the world. According to research, It is estimated that pelvic floor disorder affects more than 250 million women globally. Urinary incontinence is the conventional type of Pelvic Floor Disorder. Renovia line of products includes the Leva Product that got FDA approval in April 2018.

A couple of companies that have interests in the healthcare sector in the US came together to raise funds that will see Renovia develop four more other therapeutic and diagnostic products that will go a long way in helping treat patients with pelvic floor disorders around the world. The healthcare venture capital firms that came together to support Renovia are the Longwood fund, Perceptive Advisors of New York and Ascension Ventures of Missouri. Renovia targets to develop a new generation of the Leva Product.

Marc Beer Renovia founder and Chief Executive Officer in a statement said that Renovia is delighted to have received the support of the three leading firms in the healthcare industry. The firms share the same vision with Renovia of bettering the lives of women globally through the provision of treatment and diagnosis of pelvic floor disorders. Marc Beer believes that the partnership will lead to more innovation and advancement in technologies giving customers valuable information on new treatment options, provide them with knowledge and greater understanding of the disorder and will eventually lower the healthcare costs.

Marc Beer has decades of experience in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and devices development and commercialization. Marc in August of 2016 together with Ramon Iglesias, MD and Yolanda Lories co-founded Renovia. At Renovia Marc Beer serves as the Chairman and CEO. Marc is a serial entrepreneur, and before starting Renovia, he in 2000 founded ViaCell (NASDAQ: VIAC). ViaCell is a biotech firm. Marc worked at ViaCell for seven years, and under his leadership, the company that had humble beginnings grew to a robust commercial organization with over 300 employees. In the year 2005 ViaCell went public, and in 2007 Marc sold it to PerkinElmer (NYSE: PKI).

Marc Beer is an alumnus of Miami University (Oxford, OH). Marc has served in various organizations in different capacities. Some of the positions Marc has held include serving as a board member of Erytech Pharma, Vice President of global marketing at Genzyme and Sales and marketing at Abbott Laboratories among others. Learn more :


Dick DeVos And The Importance Of Grand Rapids

The world of American politics is on fire right now with the partisan divide wider than ever. The election of Donald Trump showcased one thing quite clearly, however: American citizens were ready to see change in the world. For that reason, nobody was shocked when Betsy DeVos was tabbed for the role of Secretary of Education for the Trump administration. While Betsy DeVos is currently the one bringing in all of the headlines, she is far from the only mover and shaker in the DeVos family. Back home in the state of Michigan, husband Dick DeVos continues to render huge changes in favor of the people of the state.


While Betsy DeVos is now the more high profile of the DeVos power couple, Dick DeVos has done plenty to make a name for himself already. As the former CEO of Amway and the heir to the Amway family fortune, Dick DeVos is one of the wealthiest men in the world. Instead of sitting on his wealth and relaxing, Dick DeVos has spent decades working to render big changes throughout the state of Michigan. In fact, you could go back to 1991 in order to get a reference for just how big of a change he has helped to bring to the state.


The city of Grand Rapids has changed in a big way, for the better, since 1991 but it all wouldn’t have been possible without some intervention by Dick DeVos himself. In 1991 there had been rumors floating around about a new convention center being installed into the city. Convention centers are notorious for giving and then taking right back from taxpayers. You’d only have to look at the Pontiac Silverdome (former Detroit Lions stadium) and the Palace of Auburn Hills (former Detroit Pistons arena) in order to see the millstone that they could become.


Rather than get behind a potential millstone, Dick DeVos formed the Grand Action Committee. Grand Action was comprised of business leaders in the region who all felt that they could help build Grand Rapids up into a major city without the debt that a convention center would bring. They banded together in order to build some of the most iconic properties in Grand Rapids: the med school at Michigan State University, the DeVos Place Convention Center and even the Grand Rapids City Market. Their work, and opposition to the new stadium, would fundamentally re-shape the Grand Rapids skyline forever.


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