End Citizens United is a newly formed Political Action Committee whose mission is to push for radical changes regarding political funding and unlimited campaign spending. The PAC plans to channel millions of dollars to various Democratic Party candidates running for Senate and House seats in the 2016 elections. The group has already endorsed 11 Democratic candidates.
So far, the PAC has raised over $2 million – one month after its launch – and it is on track to raise between $25 million and $30 million during the entire campaign cycle. End Citizens United aims to push for a constitutional amendment that will reverse the 2010 ruling by the Supreme Court dubbed the “Citizens United” decision. The ruling allowed billionaires to form super PACs that unleashed massive amounts of dark money into the U.S. political scene.
Since its inception and launch, End Citizens United has collected over 325,000 signatures from people who want Congress to pass its legislation. It has already partnered with the Ready for Hilary group, which plans to rent out its email list containing over 4 million addresses. Already, the group has planned to set up an autonomous expenditure arm on endcitizensunited.org that will financially back selected candidates through initiatives like direct mailers, polling, and television ads.
No Smooth Sailing
End Citizens United’s mission has been met with skepticism especially from campaign finance experts. After all, a constitutional amendment requires the consent of two-thirds of both the House and Senate as well as a ratification from three-quarters of states. Furthermore, the U.S. has not passed any constitutional amendment bill since 1992.
End Citizens United
In March 2015, a Political Action Committee called End Citizens United was established to counter the 2010 Supreme Court’s decision to open the door for unlimited campaign spending. The decision was made against the FEC’s wishes to allow untraceable, unlimited money in the U.S. elections on endcitizensunited.org. This allowed special interest groups and billionaires to channel large amounts of money into America’s elections to tip political power balance in their favor.
End Citizens United is mainly financed by grassroots donors. This allows the PAC to prove that the grassroots can still fight back against the brazenness of billionaires who try to buy elections. Its core mission is championing reforms on alternet.org through the election of officials who support its cause and can help overturn the Citizens United ruling. The PAC also plans to raise national awareness on the issue of dark money in politics and use its grassroots membership to demonstrate and push for reforms.
End Citizens United plans to spend a lot of money to support Democrats who are sympathetic to its causes. They will also stand up for candidates who come under attack from dark money related groups. The PAC supports Democrats because Republican leaders in Congress are impediments to efforts aimed at overturning the 2010 Supreme Court Decision.
Why A Billionaire Supports The Left
George Soros is arguably the most successful hedge fund manager in America. Thanks to his business acumen and sound investments Soros has managed to produce a fortune worth more than $25 billion dollars. Although many in his income bracket are typically conservatives, Soros is a strong supporter of progressive causes. He believes liberal causes are the best way to create open societies, which is his most significant cause.
The Hope For 2016
As a longtime friend of Hillary Clinton George Soros was excited to see her run again in 2016. Soros has stated he finds Obama’s presidency on nytimes.com unsatisfactory and regretted not giving Hillary Clinto enough support. As soon as she won the Democrat nomination, Soros donated $8 million to super PACs promoting Hillary Clinton. Others joined in and eventually Hillary Clinton’s campaign had so much money and so many endorsements it seemed almost impossible for her to lose to Donald Trump. Nonetheless, Donald Trump managed to eek out a victory in the electoral college despite losing the popular vote.
A Shocking Political Upset
Donald Trump’s victory certainly surprised the vast majority of expectations. He was behind in polls and received some of the worst favorability ratings of any presidential candidate. Despite this he managed to receive votes in just the right states to receive the acceptable number of electoral votes on project-syndicate.org. After seeing his shocking victory George Soros is furious. He intends to find a way to prevent Trump from carrying out the agenda he has planned. Specifically, Trump has said he will use his first 100 days in office to repeal Obama’s healthcare laws, build a wall, and reverse the progress of the Left.
The Left’s Plan For Action
George Soros is currently seeking to form an alliance between top Democrats and progressive donors to stand up to Trump. Specifically, he sought out the help of the Democracy Alliance to determine what course of plans are possible for 2017. At this moment there simply isn’t much Democrats can do. Republicans will have control over all 3 branches of the federal government and control over the majority of state governments on Time.com. The hope for Democrats lies in preparing for up and coming elections where Democrats may have a chance to win back some seats in Congress. George Soros understands that Trump is one of the most unpopular presidential candidates in American history and plans on finding a way to use that to the Left’s advantage.
Two Billionaire’s Butt Heads
Over the course of the campaign Soros made no secret of his contempt for the GOP nominee at http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1997/02/the-capitalist-threat/376773/. He has compared him to fascists and believes he will take America in a dark direction. At one point Soros even claimed that Trump was, essentially, doing the dirty work of ISIS with his divisive rhetoric. Trump and his supporters have also fired back with accusations against Soros including many claims the Soros intends on undermining the American political process for his personal gain.
Ben van der Meer of the Sacramento Business Journal recently reported on the ongoing effort to incorporate the Olympic Valley area of Lake Tahoe into a city and came to the conclusion that the effort would be unsustainable and be bad for the residents of the Olympic Valley as well as the Lake Tahoe Community as a whole.
The first issue is the size of the Olympic Valley. Many of the people that live in the Valley are not full time residents since many own vacation homes in the area. This means that the tax base to sustain the entire valley would be roughly 1,000 residents and that is not nearly enough tax revenue to fund the sort of projects that the campaign to incorporate Olympic Valley is looking for.
Moving forward with the city hood would essentially create a giant debt for the residents of the area at the latest by 2018. Once that happens the budget will essentially be running in the negative due to massive shortfalls in tax revenue. This deficit spending is predicted to start around 1 million dollars per year and grow to as high as 1.8 million within a ten year period.
A prominent land use development firm determined that it is not a good fiscal plan to move forward with the new developments. RSG or Resources System Group found that the proposed new hotels and vacation properties alongside retail properties could not be sustained without significant revenue shortfalls. The massive increase in commercial property will be a very high cost on the city and all of it’s residents while not necessarily providing adequate revenue outside of the tourist season.
For anyone not directly benefiting from the new land use plans it makes absolutely no sense to turn Olympic Valley as a single city. They should remain under the arrangement that they have now in order to save money for now and the future. The population of the valley simply cannot sustain forced growth and the entire area will become economically depressed as taxes increase and jobs and productivity decrease due to residents leaving.
Bill Clinton was one of the greatest presidents of the modern era. While in office, he led the country to its last surplus, and many Americans were flourishing. However, Bill Clinton was involved in the largest presidential scandal of all time. He was involved in a extra-marital affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Nonetheless, people still love Bill Clinton, and many people want him back in office.
Fans like Sam Tabar know that Bill Clinton was recently on the David Letterman Show, and he received a great ovation from the crowd. Letterman asked Bill Clinton if he would ever move back into the White House, and Bill Clinton said yes. The crowd went wild, and many people thought that Bill Clinton meant that he would run the country again. However, Bill Clinton has served two terms, and he will not be able to run the country again.
Bill Clinton’s wife Hillary is running for president, and if she wins, Bill Clinton will be America’s first man. Many people are hoping that Hillary wins, but people really want Bill back in office. David Letterman and Bill Clinton had great chemistry during the show, and they joked around about many different topics. To see David Letterman’s interview with Bill Clinton, visit E!
Bernie Sanders has warned that his candidacy should not be underestimated. This is great advice. His methods may be quite unorthodox and he may lack charisma or support from big money donors but there have been others like him who have made a lot of impact on the political field.
Some of these people include Jerry brown, who did not let his reputation or his lack of funding stop him from being the only serious contender to oppose Bill Clinton. Others who did not seem like much at the time but who surprised many are Pat Buchanan, Howard Dean and Ron Paul.
What all the people mentioned above share, is that they were on the forefront as far as presenting the grievances of those times was concerned. Jerry Brown vowed to deliver the country from corruption, at around the time of the congressional banking scandal. In a time when Americans were losing out on jobs as a result of trade deals brought on by globalization, Buchanan promised to look out for his fellow countrymen.
The main grievance today, is the fact that the minority rich are holding the government at ransom. This has become quite a hot topic in the political sphere and has found its way on the lips of Ted Cruz an even Hillary Clinton. The team at Anastasia Date noted that Sanders has positioned himself as the champion for equal rights and he might gunner wide support because of this.
On Friday, Senator Lindsey Graham wowed the audience of 1,000 at the Silver Elephant Dinner which event is held every year in South Carolina. Also in attendance was RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, Senator Ted Cruz, former Senator Rick Santorum, and former Texas Governor Rick Perry. Still, Graham enjoyed the home field advantage with both his Southern drawl and his familiarity of the audience. Graham, a two-term senator, previously served as a state senator from 1995 to 2002.
During his speech, Graham roused the audience with the imperative: “Get Ready!” It was a reference to his forthcoming presidential run. It was also a reference to the new leadership direction he implied his presidency would provide. It was a warning shot to terrorists and rogue nations which currently benefit from tepid responses from the United States. In part, Graham’s message was a hail to the base along the same lines of George W. Bush’s “Help is on the way” mantra back in 2000.
When it came time for Reince Priebus to address the audience, he mildly admonished the party for the way in which the 2012 presidential primaries were conducted. Marcio Alaor BMG was a bit shocked about that. He believes the 23 debates and lengthy primary season proved to be a disadvantage to the nominee. He emphasized that the upcoming election will have a shorter duration and far fewer debates. Priebus believes the reformed primary will allow the nominee to devote more time on the campaign trail.
President Barack Obama and Senator John McCain have agreed for once that the U.S. drone program should be shifted from CIA control to the Department of Defense. As Christian Broda has become aware, the drone program has come under intense review sense the revelation that a recent drone strike earlier this year inadvertently killed to hostages, including an American doctor. Senator McCain and President Obama had called for a similar move of the program earlier in the year but ran into stiff resistance from congress who opposed the move. The new calls for the move are in light of what Senator McCain calls a clear break down in communication on behalf of the agency (CIA) and the lack of correct intelligence. Neither leaders provided insight into how the Pentagon would be able to handle the drone program any differently and both stayed cleared of any suggestion that the consideration for the move was punitive in nature to the CIA. President Wants Drones Under Pentagon
The U.S. drone program has come under considerable review recently as more reports of collateral damage and the killing of innocent people near the strike zone. The White House pledged that the drone program would continue and all due care and due diligence would be given to confirming future strike targets and prevent unneeded casualties. No timetable has been given with regard to the move nor to the steps that will be needed by the Congress and the White House to facilitate such as move.