The election of Donald Trump to the role of President of the United States is almost literally unfathomable. How could we have gotten here? In truth it seems like this question is going to be the fuel that ignites great change in Washington D.C. and not in the way that most people think. Tiffany Muller established the political action committee End Citizens United in order to try to make the name of her PAC reality. Muller has set sights on the Supreme Court decision involving the conservative group Citizens United. The decision opened up the doors for special interests to flood Washington D.C. in order to buy off politicians and force their own decisions.
The reason we bring up Donald Trump’s election is simple: people are furious. Trump made it into the White House on the backs of special interests, lobbyists, and every other loophole that the Citizens united decision has opened up. Muller says simply, “People are furious”. Muller goes on to explain that this is the best way people know of in order to fight back against the current disgrace inhabiting the White House. The goal of the End Citizens United PAC is to promote legislation that will actually repeal the Citizens United 2010 decision. There is a direct line between people motivated by Trump’s election and by those who want to see change with the Citizens United decision.
Through the first quarter of the 2017 fundraising year the team at End Citizens United has raised a stunning $4 million. These donations have come in by almost exclusively small donors. The average amount given by each donor is only $12. This shows that the PAC is doing work for people, not for companies. Consider that a Senator like (R) Tom Cotton is given millions of dollars each year by oil companies. Do you think he is going to fight for green energy? Absolutely not. So, it is important to note that End Citizens United is completely free of those cloudy and confusing investment complications that taint even the best politicians.
Muller and End Citizens United aren’t the first group to try and subvert the Citizens United decision but they are by far the most organized and ready to strike. In order to get the decision overturned the team at End Citizens United knows that they need to back progressive politicians who are willing to put legislation in place to actively get rid of the decision. This has led End Citizens United to endorse 11 different Democratic candidates leading up to the 2018 election including Senator Michael Bennet from Colorado and Senator Russ Feingold from Wisconsin. Look for these politicians to make a major push in 2018 with End Citizens United behind them.
The Libre Foundation, along with many other Hispanic groups, worries that President Donald Trump may become a reality. The Simpsons predicted a Trump candidacy as a throw-away joke many years ago, but much like its prediction about Germany winning the most recent World’s Cup, it looks like the prediction about President Trump might come true. No one believes the Simpsons writers intended to make such a prediction, and even the most die-hard fan of the show believes that even those prescient writers watch the 2016 presidential campaign in bewildered wonderment. The Libre Foundation teamed up with Democratic billionaire George Soros to change this state of affairs.
George Soros ended his ban on donating to political campaigns earlier this year when he decided to give around $6 million to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s campaign. His previous silence lasted for eight years, despite many Democratic attempts to bring his money back into the political arena. In some conservative circles, particularly the circles frequented by radio talk show host Glenn Beck, Soros’s name is mentioned with as much venom as some liberal pundits apply to any mention of the Koch Brothers.
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Soros does not believe that the 2016 presidential election is politics as usual. He wants to prevent another economic downturn that could be more severe than the housing market collapse of 2008. As anyone who lived through the event knows, the housing bubble caused a number of banks to fail and started the Great Recession. Some economists believe that the great recession continues, while many other economists describe the recovery as weak. Greek’s near collapse and attempts to avoid the effects may lead to another economic collapse in the near future. Soros hopes to prevent this by donating to Clinton, and he wants to prevent the greater disaster he fears might happen if Trump wins the presidency.
Hillary Clinton may or may not be able to stave off this disaster on nybooks.com, but Bernie Sanders has no business experience, and Soros does not believe Trump has the business acumen his persona suggests. Critics of the Republican front-runner point to his four bankruptcies as proof that he does not have the business acumen to run the country.
The Libre Foundation teamed up with Soros to get more voters to the polls. As a Hispanic advocacy group, they worry about some of the positions Trump has taken. The wall with the border of Mexico and the ban on Islamic immigration are decidedly anti-immigrant. Libre Foundation volunteers plan to use the $15 million to bring more Hispanic voters to the polls in November.
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