Since the disastrous Citizens United v FEC decision, corporations and special interests have dominated Washington. As evidenced by the voting records of the “Big Money 20,” dark money and special interests have taken priority over the needs of their constituency. With powerful donors backing certain political candidates, those that do not align themselves with corporate sponsors are at a distinct disadvantage. End Citizens United (ECU) continues to stick to its core missions: restoring the voice of the American voter through initiatives that drive big money and special interests out of politics; backing pro-reform candidates, and overturning Citizens United.
ECU raises funds for ballot initiatives and pro-reform candidates through grassroots efforts. Because End Citizens United operates as a PAC it cannot accept donations in excess of $5000 and most of its donations from just hundreds of thousands of small-dollar supporters. For the 2018 midterms, ECU hopes to raise and spend $35 million dollars to help support the dozens of candidates that ECU has officially endorsed — including incumbents like Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.
ECU has also endorsed dozens of candidates who will be challenging Republican incumbents in many critical districts, including:
Max Rose: candidate for New York’s 11th Congressional District. A Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient, he is also a champion of campaign finance reform.
Jacky Rosen: candidate for U.S. Senate for Nevada. Jacky co-sponsored the 2017 DISCLOSE Act, which seeks to increase transparency in campaign spending.
Beto O’Rourke: candidate for U.S. Senate for Texas and challenger for Ted Cruz’ seat. Beto leads by example by being one of only six House members to refuse money from PACs. He also co-sponsored the “Democracy for All Amendment” that would overturn Citizens United.
Jon Tester: candidate for U.S. Senate for Montana. Jon opposed Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the supreme court, has introduced bills in the Senate to increase transparency in elections, and introduced a constitutional amendment to put an end to Citizens United.
With the backing and support of End Citizens United these candidates — along with dozens of others — represent the country’s best prospects of taking control of Washington back from corporations and special interests, and putting it back in the hands of the American people.
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George Soros recently disclosed a series of generous donations to his Open Society Foundations, which total $18 billion, and another $2 billion which Soros will likely donate in the future. The donations, made over a period of several years, turned the Open Society Foundations into the second largest philanthropic foundation in the United States, second to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The purpose of these massive donations is to help the foundations in their goal of furthering human rights and protecting democracy. However, enemies of Soros, as they do with almost all of his actions, have tried to twist the perception of his generous donations into part of a conspiracy targeting the right-wing.
Working for the People; Open Society Foundations
First founded by George Soros over 30 years ago, the Open Society Foundations work to bring freedom and democracy to the world and protect human rights. They currently have foundations in over 120 nations globally and are constantly looking to expand where they’re needed most. However, their primary focus in recent days has been in the United States, where they’ve worked on stopping law enforcement abuse and protecting the rights of lesbians and gays.
Both the Open Society Foundations and George Soros himself have often become targets of the alt-right due to their association with the Democratic party, and their contributions towards left leaning groups. The recent reveal of Soros’ major donations have only served to further fuel the fires of controversy, and have become enraged by the Open Society Foundations and their devious plan to make the world a better place.
A Storied History Leads to Generosity and a Desire for Betterment
Many people wonder why George Soros has become so interested in charitable giving, and to understand the answer to that question, you have to examine his past. During his childhood, Soros lived in a Nazi-occupied Hungary, shortly after the war, he fled the now communist-controlled country, heading for London, and, eventually, New York. In New York, he became infamous for shorting the British Pound, which can arguably be seen as his first brush with real controversy. Using his earnings from Wall Street, he then founded the first Open Society Foundation in Hungary, his home country. Over the past 30 years, that one foundation has grown into a vast network of Open Society Foundations around the globe.
The Future of the Open Society Foundations
Over the years, Soros has put billions of dollars towards Open Society, and that money hasn’t gone to waste. His foundations have championed democracy and protect the rights of humanity. They’ve worked against the agendas of people like Trump, and have contributed to the campaigns of Democratic candidates and movements that support human rights. The next stop on the journey is sure to be an interesting one, especially with the new funding received by the foundations. However, there is also likely to be significant resistance from the right as Soros and his foundations continue to press onward for the people.
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