George Soros continues to strengthen the world

George Soros is best known for being one of the Democrats’ top financial supporters. However, he has also become one of the leading philanthropists in the country. He has given away more than $12 billion dollars. His financial contributions have supported organizations and people who fight for freedom of expression, accountable government, fight for transparency and societies that defend justice and equality. Learn more about this article at washingtontimes.com.

George Soros’ giving has targeted groups who have faced discrimination strictly for who they are. George Soros has supported Europe’s Roma people, drug users, sex workers and the LGBTI community. George Soros has faced intolerance firsthand.

George Soros was born in 1930 and survived the Nazi occupation of 1944-1945, which led to the murder of over 500,000 Hungarian Jews. Soros’ family survived by using fake identity documents, hiding their background and aiding others to do the same. According to Politico, George Soros later said “instead of submitting to our fate, we resisted an evil force that was much stronger than we were—yet we prevailed. Not only did we survive, but we managed to help others.”

George Soros left Hungary, as the communists were gathering up power in 1947. He traveled to London, where he gained employment as a railway porter and night-club waiter to finance his studies at the London School of Economics. In 1970, George Soros finally emigrated to the United States.

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George Soros then opened his own hedge fund, the Soros Fund Management, leading him to become one of the most successful investors in the history of the United States. Soros would use his funds to launch the Open Society Foundations. The OSF is a group of foundations, partners and projects in more than 100 countries. George Soros believes that societies can only flourish when they allow a democratic government to blossom, freedom of expression and respect individual rights.

George Soros became active in philanthropy in 1979, giving scholarships to those under apartheid. In the 1980s, George spoke out and defended the open exchange of ideas in the Communist Eastern Bloc. Following the fall of the Berlin Wall, George Soros created the Central European University, which was used as a place to stir up critical thinking. Following the Cold War, George Soros expanded his philanthropy work to the United States, Africa and Asia. He became one of the leading critics to attack the “war on drugs,” saying it is more harmful than helpful. Know more about George Soros on CNBC.

As George Soros gets older, he continues to take an active role in the work of Open Society Foundations, traveling across the globe, advocating for positive changes with global leaders both in private and in public. He has also become a strong supporter of organizations such as the Global Witness, the International Crisis Group, the European Council on Foreign Relations, and the Institute for New Economic Thinking.

End Citizens United Has HUGE First Quarter Fundraising Numbers

End Citizens United has a mission ahead of them and it may be one that is impossible to accomplish. Still, the team at End Citizens United are determined to make a difference in Washington D.C. when it comes to the problem of dark money pervading the world of politics. It is no secret that politicians are bought and paid for, at some level, by big money. You can see Republican Senators who receive millions of dollars in campaign funding from oil companies who will immediately go out and fight against clean energy for no other reason than a paycheck. Dark money is attacking the foundation of America and it may be up to End Citizens United to make the big difference.

 

End Citizens United is a political action committee that was founded in response to the 2010 Supreme Court Ruling which revolved around a conservative group by the name of Citizens United. Citizens United fought with the Supreme Court in order to loosen the strict financial regulations surrounding campaign financing. The results? The Supreme Court listened for some reason and now more and more politicians are being bought off, thus creating huge complications for Americans everywhere. Why would a politician stand behind their constituents if they get a check from a big oil company?

 

Tiffany Muller points to the election of Donald Trump in 2016 as a turning point in the work of her PAC. End Citizens United has seen an unprecedented raise in terms of donations and activity since Trump’s election and the reasons are pretty clear: people are furious that an unqualified big spender could get elected. President Trump has continued to blaze the destructive path of big money by hiring lobbyists at every level to work within the White House. Muller and her supporters at End Citizens United know that the very basic tenets of a free government are at stake here and that has given some sense of urgency to her task.

 

End Citizens United has seen record breaking donations over the first quarter of 2017 and those numbers are expected to continue rising. Through the first quarter of the fiscal year the team at End Citizens United saw over 100,000 donations pour into the PAC. Of those 100,000 donations, nearly half of them were from first time supporter. Having a huge influx of first time supporters is absolutely integral to a long living and successful PAC.

 

With supporters coming out in huge numbers Muller knows that it is time for her PAC to really get to work. End Citizens United has gone on to endorse 11 top Democrats who are all ready and willing to push the fight against Citizens United ahead of the 2018 Congressional Elections.

 

Betsy DeVos Says “No Way” to Trump’s Bathroom Bill in Schools

The Obama Administration’s late-term law on transgender bathroom use is under serious threat. After President Trump stated more than once that he would fight to protect all students, this reversal is surprising for many.

More surprisingly than this is the fact that the much-maligned Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, opposed this action. Sources have said that from the beginning she was fighting to maintain the promises made while campaigning – that all students, particularly transgender boys and girls – would be protected under the leadership of the Trump Administration.

For some this is an astounding revelation, but once one goes beneath the surface, it becomes clear that Betsy DeVos has always been a champion for the disenfranchised. Read more on The New York Times.

Family History

One area where Secretary DeVos came under fire during her hearing was that her wealth came from her family’s founding of the Amway Corporation, a direct selling company that formed as a means of helping ordinary people start their own companies with products they could sell door-to-door.

The founding of this company was, of course, to help the DeVos family become wealthy, as well, but the business model was based on the success of those who built it, creating a sense of fairness not only in the industry of direct selling, but likely in the value system of the DeVos home.

Personal Beliefs

On values: Secretary DeVos was criticized from the outset for sending her children to private Christian schools. But this is the foundation of choice on which her opposition to the reversal of President Obama’s work stands.

Betsy DeVos believes that personal choice is a cornerstone of a successful life, and it stands to reason that one cannot be free to make the choices they know to be best for them if they are not protected from hate and prejudice.

Lifetime Philanthropy

While the media lambasted the political contributions of a couple thousand dollars to just about every Republican one could name, it failed to note that the new Secretary of Education has been championing schools from pre-K on up to the university level for years, as well as the fine arts.

For those who know the DeVos family history of giving – most notably to the much-loved Easter Seals organization – it isn’t a surprise that Betsy DeVos has given individual gifts in the range of $100,000 or more to many schools, as well as $250,000 to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The outlook for this bill looks bleak at the moment, but there is hope for our students in that the Secretary of Education is willing to fight for them. While this round appears to be lost, the war for our schools is still waging.

Read her interview with Philantrophy Table.