End Citizens United pledges $35 million, adds 40,000 new donors in 2017

End Citizens United has endorsed incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson of Florida for re-election, according to TC Palm. ECU has pledged $35 million to help candidates like Nelson in the 2018 midterms.

 

The ECU endorsement allows Nelson to establish himself as the grassroots alternative to his likely opponent, current Florida Gov. Rick Scott. Scott spent $70 million of his own money to win election in 2010.

 

End Citizens United’s pledge of $35 million is an increase from the $25 million the organization contributed to candidates in 2016, when it quickly established itself as a leading liberal-aligned PAC. In 2017, End Citizens United has continued to solidify its status as a top-tier fundraising organization. The group hauled in $4 million of its $35 million goal in only three months, according to USA Today.

 

Over 100,000 people donated to End Citizens United during the first three months of 2017. 40,000 of those donors were first-time donors. According to the organization, the average donation was $12. ECU President and Executive Director Tiffany Muller thinks anger at President Donald Trump and a desire to “fight back” against his administration has motivated new donors to give to ECU.

 

Muller says End Citizens United speaks for citizens who “feel like the system is rigged against them, where those who can write the biggest checks get the biggest say.”

 

End Citizens United endorses “campaign-finance reform champions” who support legislation that curbs election spending, which has increased sharply since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision removed certain spending restrictions.

 

This year’s GA-6 special Congressional election was the most expensive Congressional election in history. The candidates spent more than $50 million, according to NBC News, and tens of millions came from super PACs. With both the House and Senate up for grabs in the 2018 midterms, elections are predicted to continue breaking spending records. This makes implementation of campaign-finance reform for 2020 and beyond a priority.

 

In addition to fundraising for candidates, End Citizens United has expanded its partnerships with other campaign-finance groups. In early 2017, ECU was part of a coalition that encouraged senators who had received big-money donations from the DeVos family to recuse themselves from voting on Betsy DeVos’s nomination as Education Secretary.

Conspiracy Theorists Fail To Understand The Work Of George Soros

For millions of people on the left side of the political spectrum George Soros is a man who is seen as a reformer of the highest order out to do what is best to protect the rights and future of all the people of the planet; however, to those on the right of politics the name George Soros provokes a strong negative response as far right groups fail to understand the motivations and drive of this Hungarian born hedge fund legend. Much of the work of George Soros has been directed at areas of the world where oppressive governments have limited the access to human rights of their citizens, in these areas George Soros has been active in using his own charitable network to help resistance groups and affect regime change across many different areas of the world. Learn more on Discover the Networks about George Soros.

The Open Society Foundations reports George Soros has so far donated $12 billion to various groups who are looking to protect the rights of human beings across areas of Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. Many conspiracy theorists and far right political groups have confused the work of George Soros to provide funding to groups in the U.S. and other supposedly democratic countries as a sign that he has some form of secondary motive aside from simply aiding in the creation of a free society that all people can be proud to live in. The calls against George Soros have grown stronger over the years from right wing groups who have stepped forward in 2017 to claim his work is directed solely against newly elected President Donald J. Trump. Business Insider reports the true nature of the work of George Soros has seen him back many progressive science and liberal causes for a number of years who have recently decided to march against the policies many see as a sign of the regressive right wing policies that go against the ideology of George Soros. Read more about George’s life story at biography.com.

As the leader of The Open Society Foundations, George Soros has been a leading liberal backer of a number of causes and candidates across the world that reflect his left leaning philosophy based on the work of philosopher Karl Popper. The progressive agenda that has been developed over the years by George Soros has been seized upon by right wing politicians across the planet who have been looking to close the educational programs established and backed by George Soros to aid in the spread of democracy and create a better understanding of human rights. Even in his home nation of Hungary the founder of Soros Fund Management has faced opposition to his good works as right leaning groups make it more difficult for Soros to help create a better world for people across the planet.