Big Money 20 Versus End Citizens United – A Political Battle Contest

The “Big Money 20” is a list recently published by the End Citizens United. This group has been at the front of the battle with the large donations that have been a part of the United States politics in the last decades. This list is the latest announcement made by the group and it identifies twenty politicians that are deemed as the very worst in Congress.

The reason for the selection of these particular individuals correlates with the mission of End Citizens United. When the organization was established as PAC (Political Action Committee) in 2015, number one goal was to fix the rigged system that politicians have employed in this country. The reason why it is viewed as rigged comes from the fact that large donations are the main driver of decision making, according to the organization. Thus, these twenty people have been put on the list because they are no strangers to taking large donations and then shifting their own political views. End Citizens United disagrees with politicians who break campaign promises so that they can deliver on their financially binding promises made to special interest groups.

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Some of the popular names on the list include the very Speaker of the House, Republican Paul Ryan alongside Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Republican Mike Bost of Illinois. In order to prevent these people from getting re-elected, the PAC is planning to raise $35 million which is $10 million more than they raised 2 years ago. This comes as quite the goals given that PAC does not allow people to donate more than $5,000.

Luckily, End Citizens United has a large support of over 3 million members. This is not very surprising given that reducing special interest through donations is the third main issue voters are concerned within the United States. The only two problems that people want to see addressed more deal with terrorism and jobs. The President of the organization, Tiffany Muller, has vowed to use all the resources available to achieve their goals in 2018.

The origin of End Citizens United originates from a Supreme Court case that happened in 2010. This is when Citizens United (hence the organization’s name) battled F.E.C. and the Supreme Court ruled in support of large monetary donations that can be made during campaigns. End Citizens United was then established with a single mission of fighting against this ruling and serving as a platform for all those who support the idea.

The location of the organization is at the very heart of the politics in this country, Washington. From there, they are able to continue running their operations and increase efficiency as proven by the rise in their goals for finances in 2018!

Find more about End Citizens United: http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-four-california-republicans-targeted-by-1512523185-htmlstory.html

Liberal mega donor George Soros fights for reform

George Soros is the Democrats strongest financial donors. Soros is so good that his donating spurs other liberals to donate. Soros has been spending millions on his push for criminal justice and immigration reform. George Soros donated $2 million to the PAC, Maricopa Strong, which is working to defeat Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona.

George Soros has spent millions in the last two years, fighting to defeat seven local district attorney campaigns in six states. The total spent is more than the total spent on the 2016 campaign by a majority of rival donors. George Soros’ money has supported African-American and Hispanic candidates for these local positions, all who ran on platforms similar to what are Soros’ platforms. Both Soros and the candidates are working to reduce racial disparities in sentencing and working to get some drug offenders into programs instead of trial.

This is the strongest push for criminal justice reform-oriented candidates for offices held by longtime incumbents and serve as conduits to the federal courts. This involvement by George Soros’ and his financial supporters have created a firestorm among opponents angry about the outside influence. Soros has spent donations on district attorney races in Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas, with the help of several state-level super PACs. Each group tends to get most of its funds directly from George Soros.

A local Florida PAC “The Florida Safety and Justice Group” just funneled nearly $1.4 million into a local race in Central Florida, only days before election day. The Soros funded group is backing former prosecutor Aramis Ayala, who would be held accountable by more than 1.6 million people in two counties around the Orlando area.

Read more: George Soros’ quiet overhaul of the U.S. justice system

Florida Safety and Justice released a TV spot, highlighting Ayala’s work to ensure defendants charged with the same crime receive the same treatment, no matter what their race or background is. The spot also attacks Ayala’s opponent Jeff Ashton, claiming he got rid of protections that ensured equal treatment.

George Soros led operatives and activists say that the recent increase in news coverage of racial justice issues, especially police shootings of African Americans, sparked new interest in the role of district attorneys, who refused to indict officers in certain high profile cases.

Liberal mega-donors have given to policy focused nonprofits including George Soros’ own Open Societies Foundation, which focuses on drug policy and criminal justice reform. Following the races in Louisiana and Mississippi, Soros poured millions into the country’s two biggest jurisdictions Harris County in Houston and Chicago’s Cook County.

Soros has been succeeding in getting his favored candidates elected to the role of attorney general. Last Spring, Soros spent $107,000 helping Raul Torrez win his district attorney primary and later outspent his Republican opponent, forcing him to drop out of the race.

Soros is expected to spend even more in the next few years, thanks in part to candidate recruitment. Local Ohio liberals have launched a Safety and Justice group but is remaining silent on how much money they have raised.

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Charles Koch Will Not Go Against Donald Trump

It’s official: Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party and he will face Hillary Clinton. But, to his dismay, there seems to be strong opposition in his own party. A leading Republican, Paul Ryan, just stated he’s not ready to back up Trump. Other known Republicans, including Jeb Bush, go as far as to say that they won’t vote for Donald Trump. Meanwhile, there are tens of millions spent on anti-Trump propaganda.

Charles Koch, a multi-billionaire and supporter of the Republicans, claimed on ABC News that he won’t spend a penny to stop Trump. He, as well as his brother David, have turned down calls to join the so-called “Never Trump” movement. Yet, Koch feels uncomfortable with Trump’s remarks about banning Muslims from coming to the United States. That reminds Koch of the Nazi Germany, even though Trump never called for killing anyone as the Nazis did.

The Koch brothers are known for raising massive amounts of money for the Republicans in the past. These sums went into hundreds of million of dollars. As majority owners of Koch Industries, they’re among the richest men in the world. Koch Industry generates more than $115 billion annually in revenues.

The company is a conglomerate involved in petroleum, chemicals, trading of commodities, paper, ranching, finance, and other businesses. Koch Industries is the second largest privately owned company in America, and was co-founded by Koch brothers’ father, Fred Koch, back in 1940. At that time, the company invented a better oil refining process.