Category Archives: Campaign Finance Reform

Beto O’Rourke And Citizens United Target Ted Cruz

Despite being the closest challenger to now-President Donald Trump during the 2016 Presidential election cycle, Ted Cruz now faces a clear battle for his Senate seat. Over the course of his time in office, the former Tea Party candidate, who was elected thanks to a grassroots campaign has become one of the leading recipients of special interest money in Washington D.C. In the face of the self-serving interests of Cruz, Democrat Beto O’Rourke is seeking to overcome the incumbent and turn the red seat to blue.

At the start of 2018, the Midterm looked to be claimed by Cruz with an 18-point lead reported for the former Presidential candidate. However, as 2018 has progressed, Cruz has seen his lead fall to just eight percent in a recent End Citizens United poll; Cruz is polling just five percent ahead of O’Rourke in a recent University of Texas study. Much of the success of Beto O’ Ruorke comes from his endorsement fro the influential End Citizens United PAC dedicated to bringing an end to the controversial Citizens United Supreme Court decision of 2010.

Among the many reasons for the success of Beto O’Rourke in recent polls is the work ethic shown by the former Texas Congressman in visiting every county in the Lone Star State. Another is the endorsement of End Citizens United, a traditional PAC which was created to bring an end to the Citizens United decision which has been reported to be a negative influence on the American political system since ti was created by a 2010 Supreme Court decision.

The End Citizens United PAC is of great importance to Beto O’Rourke as the candidate has so far refused to work with polling groups and political consultants. Despite this traditional approach to campaigning, O’Rourke sits just five points from pulling off one of the most impressive upsets in U.S. political history. Ted Cruz stands at the precipice of losing his seat in the Senate because of his own self-serving attitude towards his constituents including his key role in the recent government shutdown led by members of the Republican Party.

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End Citizens United Fighting for the Common Man

In 2010, the Supreme Court of the United States made a ruling that would change the scope of elections funding in American politics. The case was Citizens United vs. Federal Elections committee. In its ruling, the Supreme Court stated that corporations were just like people and thus protected under the First Amendment. Campaign funding according to the court is a form of speech therefore protected under the first amendment. This ruling is based on a 1976 decision that campaign spending was a form of expression.

End Citizens United was founded on 1st March 2015, getting its funding from the grassroots. Its establishment was so as to fight Citizens United. End Citizens United says that the 2010 Supreme Court ruling introduced dark money into United States politics and they are therefore seeking a constitutional amendment to reverse the Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Committee ruling. End Citizen United is also dedicated to reforms in campaign finance and fight the buying of elections by wealthy individuals who only seek to push their personal agenda and not the nations. They also aim to work to pass pro-reform laws by working with ballot measures campaigns and use membership from the grassroots to flex their political power.

End Citizens United also support candidates who share their pro-reform ideologies to get into congress and the House of Representatives. For them, the issue of money in politics is a priority nationally and should concern every citizen who values democracy and transparency in leadership.

End Citizens United president, Tiffany Muller, disclosed that they had raised over $7.5 million by mid-2017 through grassroots donations. They want to use this funds to back candidates financially by setting up an expenditure arm that is independent and starts enacting campaign finance reforms from local to state level of governance. The End Citizens United ensures that the public is aware of the 2010 Supreme Court decision mounting pressure on political actors and the Supreme Court not to make such decisions in future. With thousands of followers on social media i.e. Twitter and Facebook, they ensure that their message reaches even the millennials who are not concerned with politics gaining a larger support base in the process.

Recently, End Citizens United has come out to protest against the plan to repeal the Johnson Amendment by a section of politicians allied to President Donald Trump. The Johnson Amendment was introduced in the year 1954 and sought to curb institutions and organizations such as churches that are exempt from taxation from campaigning and funding a candidate in politics. End Citizens United is mobilizing its members and public, in general, educating them on election funding for them to be aware of the potential repeal of the Johnson Amendment.  Read more on End Citizens United Explains Why We Need to Re-Evaluate Our Campaign Finance Rules:


How End Citizens United Is Fighting Back For American Rights

The political action committee End Citizens United has been put into the unique position of being able to bring about fundamental change to Washington D.C. — so long as enough grassroot support can be found over the next year. End Citizens United is a PAC that was founded in order to fight the problem of dark money in the world of politics. Dark money, special interests, and corporate lobbyists have become a poison within the United States government and the problem can be linked directly back to the work of James Bopp and his conservative group, Citizens United. We’ll get into that later but let’s first look at the work that End Citizens United is doing in the age of President Trump.

End Citizens United refers to the Supreme Court case from 2010 which featured lawyer James Bopp and his conservative group, Citizens United. The case decision essentially opened the doors for corporations to co-opt the political world and do with it what they please. This court case links directly to the problem of ‘legal’ political bribery. End Citizens United is a PAC that represents the average and every day American voter who can’t spend millions of dollars to sway legislators. The common people need a PAC like End Citizens United in order to fight for their needs — and that is exactly what they’ve been doing for the past year.

End Citizens United gained serious momentum in the wake of the election of Donald Trump to the highest office in the world. Many formerly apathetic voting-aged American citizens suddenly realized just what was at stake every single election. Donald Trump’s ascension to becoming the face of America’s right wing was equal parts terrifying and enlightening. It proved once and for all that the will of the people were being surpassed by the will of the paycheck.

So, knowing that American voters are looking for a way to get back at President Trump’s disastrous and potentially dangerous regime, there was an opening to be seized by End Citizens United. The PAC is led by current PAC President Tiffany Muller. They immediately went to work fundraising in order to try and get enough support for the politicians that they endorsed. End Citizens United knows that in order to bring change to Washington D.C. they need to be active endorsing candidates who are willing to fight for campaign finance reform.

End Citizens United ended up bringing in nearly 100,000 donations through just the first quarter of 2017. With Trump in office moderates and liberals were banding together to try and make their voices heard. This led to nearly $4 million in donations in just the first three months of the year. End Citizens United is focused on earning at least $35 million in 2017.

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George Soros on China’s Unsustainable Debt Burden

In a recent article appearing on Bloomberg, George Soros writes about the China’s economy which is debt-fueled. He likens the economy to the US economy prior to the 2007-2008 crisis.

George Soros an influential American billionaire investor, business magnate, philanthropist and author. He is prominent as a vocal supporter of liberal political and progressive causes in the United States. He is credited to have played a key role on in ensuring a peaceful transition from communism to capitalism in the Eastern Bloc.

George Soros writes extensively on different topics including free market system and politics. He also writes articles about different world affairs such as the immigration crisis in Europe. He has also written about his views concerning different countries such as Russia, Ukraine and China.

In the article about China’s economy on, Soros is quoted giving a warning that the country’s credit-growth figures in March should be treated warning signs. George Soros said this in New York during an Asia Society event on Wednesday last week. China, the world’s second largest economy, had credit-growth figures measuring 2.34 trillion Yuan equivalent to $362 billion last month. These figures are way above the 1.4 trillion Yuan predicted in a Bloomberg survey. This growth implies that the Chinese government gives growth the first priority to reining in debt.

Soros spoke of how the happenings in China on reminisces the events leading to the US financial crisis of 2007-08. The financial crisis was as a result of credit growth like the one experienced in China. He has in the recent past has had exchange of words with the Chinese government. He has predicted that China’s economy is awaiting great fall according to the trends. He revealed that the loans are more than deposits in China’s banking system. He said that the problem is just being deferred year after year making it grow at a very high rate.

In the month of March, the China’s economy experienced very high growth rate mostly because of the increase in credit that led to surge in the property sector. As a result, the value of housing has increased at extremely high rate. In Shenzhen alone, the new-home prices are reported to be increasing at an annual rate of 62%. Soros points out that this trend is similar to the US in the years preceding the financial crisis.

China’s borrowing does not concern Soros alone. Andrew Colquhoun, who heads the Asia Pacific countries at Fitch Ratings, is equally concerned about the trend. The debt burden in China has reached unsustainable levels. It is ridiculous that the country is adding to that debt.
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In 2011, Soros warned that the situation in Greece was more serious than the 2008 financial crisis. In 1992, he predicted that the UK would have to devalue the debt and as a result, he netted $1 billion.

85% of Americans Want Campaign Finance Reform: NYT/CBS Poll

A recent New York Times/CBS poll found a supermajority of Americans want campaign finance reform. 84% of Americans believe that those with money have too much influence on elections. With the 2016 presidential electionprojected to cost as much as $5 billion, a new record, the poll reveals Americans’ distrust of money in politics.

66% of Americans believe the wealthy have more influence on elections than ordinary voters, according to the poll.

46% of Americans believe the current system is beyond saving and would like to see it completely rebuilt reports Dr Daniel Amen on Amazon. 39% thought that “fundamental changes” were necessary short of rebuilding the entire system. Only 13% thought minor changes were needed. Not even 1% of voters thought the system could be left unchanged.

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which ruled that corporations could spend unlimited funds on elections, elections in the United States have become increasingly expensive, with each presidential election setting a new cash record. The 2012 presidential election cost $2 billion, up from $1.8 billion in 2008.