The Supreme Court decision of Citizens United has created jeopardy in the democracy of the United States. Citizens United was a decision by the supreme court that permitted money going into campaigns to become untraceable amounts. It allowed for corporations to be protected as if they are individual citizen’s with a right to freedom of speech. The freedom of speech that they are given is to donate as much money as they want. This money toward campaigns then influences the voting decisions of politicians. This makes candidates bought off. This creates disillusionment amongst citizens who are seeing big money buying votes in their government. This decision has made a growing number of American citizens to lose faith in the system and to desire change. The End Citizens United organization was founded in 2008 by some citizens who want to see change.
End Citizens United was founded to bring more attention to the issue of big money in politics and the various ways it has warped decisions that could improve the lives of the American people. End Citizens United has collected grassroots level donations from average Americans. They do not accept donations from individuals that are outrageous amounts. ECU gives the donation money they collect to candidates who have taken a vow to not accept any special interest money. A list of the candidates that the organization supports is listed on their website. They also only give campaign donation money to candidates who want to reverse the decision of Citizens United.
To support End Citizens United, every citizen can donate a contribution on their website. In addition to collecting contributions on their website, the organization also has a web store. Proceeds from the sales on their web store go to the campaign donations too. The store carries tshirts, buttons, magnets, coffee mugs, and hoodies.
Fundraising for campaigns is always a very stressful, on going struggle. The most stressful time, however, is the end of the quarter. Key fundraising goals must be met at this time, which causes added stress for both campaigners and the campaign staff.
Because of this, Democratic fundraising platform builder NGP VAN has put out four tips to help fund raising campaigns work more smoothly. All their experience in the fundraising platform creation industry have allowed them to be able to create better strategies for their clients. These tips will make your end of the quarter a bit easier to deal with:
In order to help out their clients who are raising funds and having difficulty at the end of the quarter to know what to do, NGP VAN has come up with for strategies to assist them. The first strategy is to keep some emails in your back pocket. What this means is that you have information on reserve, such as to detail the strength of your social media campaigns or any information on new celebrities who may be interested in promoting your cause. Times can arise where you don’t know what to say after you said things every day for so many days, and doing this can help you when that happens. Another strategy to use is to write everything you can in advance. NGP VAN insists that this will make your communication strategy run much smoother and easier. The third strategy, of course, is to get organized. You must create a master calendar so you can keep track of everything that you’ve written and things that you have coming up. And finally, if you can, take some time out to celebrate reaching your goals and finishing all your tasks. Because what good is work without a little play to balance it out?
So why follow these steps?
Campaigns can be stressful, especially if you are unprepared for all coming changes and all deadlines. With NGP VAN’s help, the strategies outlined in this article will allow your campaign to run more smoothly and successfully.
I first heard about Betsy Devos as Donald Trumps pick as secretary for Education. Devos seemed like a fine upstanding woman, with a humble but solid career in public service. I did not understand the amount of backlash she was getting simply because she had been picked to be education secretary by a president who was in a battle with the media.
The attacks against Devos seemed to be part of a tactic by the media to bring down anyone associated with Donald Trump, by any means necessary. So I decided to look into Betsy Devos myself, ignoring the negative bias and spin articles that seemed designed to make me hate a woman I had never met. What I found amazed me. Betsy Devos has had a much longer career in both politics and philanthropy. It is a shame that her name is only coming into public light in lieu of her pick ad Donald Trumps Secretary of Education. Betsy Devos is a woman that deserves to be known for much more than being nominated for a job position by a president that’s currently in a battle with the media.
Betsy Devos has had a long life in politics. She once served 16 consecutive two year terms as a local delegate for Michigan, her home state. After a long and illustrious career as a republican delegate, Betsy choose 1996 to run for the position Chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party which she held for 4 years. In 2003 she ran again and this time won unopposed. Not satisfied with local politics Betsy Devos decided to try her hand at the national stage by contributing to George Bushes 2004 presidential run. She was a hit with the republican party and even had President Bush show up at her home for a republican fundraiser. After Bush was elected, she spent two years as the finance chairperson for the National Republican Senatorial Committee and was looked upon by the administration for help with many projects. The DeVos family has had a long and illustrious history in Republican politics, mostly as donors but Betsy decided to change all that by getting involved in grassroots politics first at the local level and then at a national level.
So it’s no wonder that in 2016 when presidential nominee Donald Trump was looking for somebody trustworthy to run the nations education system, he chose Betsy Devos. Donald Trumps bull in a china shop attack on the republican party left a lot of life long republicans feeling bitter and resentful. So when he choose Betsy for Secretary it was because he knew she was someone who could put aside party affiliations and do what was best for the people of this country.
Cash-strapped and food deprived, Venezuela is reaching for a lifeline of sorts. Venezuela’s economy is based in the oil business, and that business went to hell, and it took Venezuela with it. Nicolas Maduro, the fanatical President of Venezuela, recently announced that his oil minister, Eulogio Del Pino, would begin a tour of the OPEC nations and the non-OPEC countries in order to persuade them to raise the price of crude oil. That is another attempt by Maduro to formulate an agreement to limit production, and control the global supply gut. But most OPEC nations are more concerned with keeping market share, according to José Manuel González, the Deputy of the National Assembly for the state of Guárico. González has been lobbying for months to put a national agreement in place to stop the economic disaster that is the result of Maduro’s insane economic policies.
González is not just an assemblyman; he is one of Venezuela’s top agriculture entrepreneurs and the former president of the Chamber of Commerce. González watched Maduro shut down farms and businesses when the oil business was booming. Maduro learned how to do that from Hugo Chavez. Chavez chose imports over domestic food and necessities when money was flowing into the country like water. But the money stopped when oil prices plunged in 2014, and Maduro didn’t react, according to Mr. González. The country ran out of money for imports, and the domestic food market was too fractured to pick up production. Now, people have no food, no medicine, no diapers, no toilet paper and other basics. There is also a limited amount of electricity because Maduro is controlling the use of electricity.
Maduro wants to increase the price of oil to $71 a barrel from the current price of $50 a barrel, according to González. Venezuela is the only oil producing country that wants an increase, but it’s not going to happen. What is going to happen is Maduro is going to be thrown out of office if González and the opposition are successful in forcing him out. All eyes are on Venezuela, and many of those eyes are filled with tears from the unnecessary suffering they see there.