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End Citizens United And Its Goals Of Making Its Name A Reality by Endorsing Candidates

A few days ago, End Citizen United announced its move to support Doug Jones, a Democratic nominee running for Alabama special election, for U.S. Senate. Jones is facing stiff competition from Roy Moore, who is greatly disliked by ECU because he is an extremist with not only racist but also bigoted agenda. According to Tiffany Muller, ECU’s president, Roy’s radical agenda and extreme ideology should not be allowed in the US Senate because they are against the values of Alabama and America at large. Jones, on the other hand, is a US lawyer with admirable qualities as evidenced in the things he stands for. Jones also embraces the values of ECU since he is dedicated to unrigging the system by removing big money from politics.

End Citizens United is a PAC (Political Action Committee) that was established on March 1, 2015. The PAC is based in Washington DC, and gets its funding from grassroots donors. End Citizens is dedicated to reforming the campaign finance system, and their primary goal is to fix the rigged political system and end the dark money game in politics. To date, more than three hundred and twenty five individuals have signed the petition of End Citizens United that demands the Congress to pass such law. Also, the group aims at electing campaign-finance reform champions to the U.S Congress. Currently, David Bossie holds the President and Chairman title at the group.

About End Citizens United

End Citizens United is slowly gaining momentum in the American political scene and is likely to be a game changer on the entire Washington machine. End Citizens United has been successful in the first quarter of 2017 due to the rise in activism on a grassroots level.

End Citizens United raised some 4 million dollars via their fundraising platform. The group has received 136,000 donations so far from various grassroots supporters with an average donation of $14.86. The PAC is a people’s platform that aims at uniting moderates, progressives and anyone possessing a political backbone who wants to be involved with the way the government and country are run.

A majority of End Citizens United supporters happen to fall on the liberal side, but that hasn’t deterred the group from reaching out across the aisle in a bid to bridge that gap. In fact, the election of President Donald Trump to the White House has led to the rise of new levels of political action and engagement. People who were formerly apathetic are no longer comfortable being sidelined and watching their country worsen as their voices are lost due to their lack of money.

End Citizens United is now focused on endorsing politicians ahead of the 2018 Congressional Elections. In August 2015, the group announced its endorsement of 11 Democratic candidates, including former Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado. Other PACs that focus on campaign finance reform but Ends Citizens United is different because it plans to establish a completely independent expenditure arm in 2018 to back its desired candidates financially through activities such as polling, television ads, and direct mailers.

Charles Koch Donates more Resources to George Mason University

George Mason University (GMU) is reputed as a conservative powerhouse in law and economics. This reputation has been brought about by the donations made by Charles Koch. Through his foundation, the Republican donates more than $20 million to various universities in the United States per year. However, the size of donations has been a cause of worry for many students, as they believe that it may affect academic independence.

Another Republican, Phil Knight, donated $400 million to Stanford University. Over the years, Koch and his brother have donated millions of dollars to different universities. In 2014, GMU received donations worth $16.8 million from Koch foundation. According to the Council for Aid in Education, GMU received $44.6 million in donations for the year ending 2013. In the recent past, Mason received a gift of $10 million from Koch Foundation in addition to $20 million from an unnamed donor.

The law school has been channeling most of the money to Mercatus Center. This center is a free-market think tank that undertakes research in order to educate the congressional staffers and federal regulators on issues that can influence government’s policies. Koch funds have also been going to the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS). This institute promotes libertarian philosophies. It is imperative to note that Koch industries’ executive vice president, Richard Fink, serves on Mercatus and IHS boards. It is for this reason that GMU and Kochs have longstanding connections.

Irrespective of criticisms from different quotas, some people believe that Koch is filling a funding gap. Some Democrats have not been comfortable with the donations but democratic senator, Chap Petersen, has no problem with the funding of GMU by the Kochs. Some students such as Colin Nackerman and Samantha Parsons have been spearheading campaigns demanding for an explanation from GMU about its relationship with Koch. This information was originally reported on Yahoo Finance.

Charles Koch is a successful businessman. He was born in Wichita, Kansas. The philanthropist pursued a degree in general engineering for his undergraduate studies. Later, he pursued nuclear and chemical engineering for his master’s degrees from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He worked at the Arthur D. Little, Koch Engineering Company and currently, Koch Industries.

Koch enhanced the Market-Based Management (MBM) philosophy. Koch managed to apply MBM concepts and practices throughout Koch Industries, thus the success of the corporation. Besides, scholars, government officials and various business leaders have been applying the MBM theories in their respective entities. Currently, Charles Koch is the CEO of Koch Industries and chairman of the board. The company has diversified its portfolio and expanded its operations to about 60 countries.