The Political Action Committee, End Citizens United is funded by donors to overturn Citizens United by electing campaign finance reformers. The decision made by the Supreme Court about “corporations are people” greatly changed the Citizens United vs. F.E.C politics. Wealthy and special interest groups spend cash on US elections which End Citizens United feels that it’s a way of buying elections.
End Citizens United was established on March 1st, 2015 to stop big political funding groups that are created with ulterior motives through funding of elections. Despite ECU funded by grassroots donations, the committee is committed to stop the activities of Citizen United, see pro-reform candidates elected and ensure the money used in politics remain transparent to the public. After launching its operations in August 2015, End Citizens raised $2 million from small donors, and according to the group’s Communications Director Richard Carbo, the group entire cycle is expected to raise approximately $25 million to $30 million or more. Read more news about the group on USA Today.
To date, End Citizens United has supported various pro-reform Democrats and critics have a story to tell. Even though many independent and Republican voters agree that undisclosed political financing is not controlled, the Congress Republican leadership is standing unshaken in the manner of overturning the disastrous ruling made by the Supreme Court on January 21, 2010.
After the court’s decision, the elections activities were dramatically changed after the ruling in favor of Citizens United which puts individual American citizens and corporations on equal footing. Hence, both had the same power and right to work and donate to political campaigns. As a result, corporations have been donating billions of dollars without disclosing the source and motives of their support. Currently, ECU is supporting various democrats in their election races this year. Two of these are Conor Lamb and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who have promised to desert corporate PAC contributions on the table.
The End Citizens United website shows the group’s activities, their latest news, candidates who want reforms in finance and a donation page. Also, there are details on how to resists the activities of Citizens United whereby individuals can start their groups in social media and help in spreading the pro-reform candidates’ message.
As we have all been hearing, the State Department’s Inspector General has reported various violations by Hilary Clinton, while working as Secretary of State. The major violations involve the use of her own private server, located outside the government’s range for monitoring. She not only jeopardized national security but the trust of the American public. President Obama claims he was unaware of the violations, which is unreasonable.
All this rhetoric has pushed Donald Trump’s brand popularity sky high, as he claims he will put an end to the secrecy of the long term government bureaucracy. His reputation as a business leader bodes well for success. It is reported that managers and employees within each of the government agencies, including the State Department sometimes refuse to cooperate with investigations into the activities of their offices. In short, this history of behavior has turned most Americans against the federal government, due to lack of trust and honesty.
That is why, many supporters are saying that if there is a Trump Presidency, that within the first year in office, Trump will be very busy cleaning up the bureaucratic mess that now exists. His reputation as a tough,” get things done” leader is his key personality trait people like. The responsibility of the Inspectors General under Trump, should include not only reporting on possible wrong doing, but being able to take action against the wrong-doer. The new administration should also enact new practices that would come down hard on any employee who tried to block investigations or refused to cooperate with them.
Trump’s reputation review will depend on making sure that those he appoints to various positions within his administration will be held accountable for their actions or in-actions. His reputation should serve him well – maybe he won’t even need an online reputation management company like reputation.com to save him. Corruption within the government needs to be removed and replaced with people the American public can trust.
Charles Koch and his brother David Koch are well known investors who have now started a new fund. Their grandfather Harry Koch emigrated to the US from the Netherlands in 1888 and now its appears the Koch brothers have started a new fund under that name. The fund will manage about $2 billion in assets and this is interesting.
It incorporated in Delaware in 2014, and has filed for business in other states including California and Florida. The brothers have hired a manager called Trent May who was successful with investment in Wyoming. The fund will focus on investments were the Kochs can take a direct stake, including a telecommunications company called X5 OpCo LLC. May had success in Wyoming and ran his own hedge fund registered with the SEC. He also hired Jeffrey Strayer to oversee investments.
Charles Koch is a well known member of the Koch brothers and was educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with B.S. and M.S. in Engineering. He eventually become President of his father’s business which he renamed Koch industries. Approximately he is worth $41.3 billion. He is also director of Investa and Georgia-Pacific LLC. Charles Koch has been successful with his fathers business and has also ventured into his own businesses and is also a patron of the arts and creative projects. The Koch brothers are well known investors and any investments they make are sure to generate interest and analysis. Koch is known politically as a libertarian and is known to cites Van Mises as an influence on his thinking.
This article recapped http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-15/the-billionaire-koch-brothers-have-a-hot-new-number-1888