Compromising Personal Views
In order for politicians to get enough funds to proceed with their campaigns around the election time, they sometimes have to use unconventional methods. One of such endeavors is promising donors to do something that does not exactly align with the public vision of the campaign. This is when one can say that financial aspects influence the future of citizens who do not have much impact on the special interest groups.
This issue is well known to the political action committee “End Citizens United”. The organization has been in the business of going against those politicians who succumb to the large donors and their latest attack comes in form of a “Big Money 20” list. The President of the organization, Tiffany Muller, has openly discussed the meaning of the list and what the goal of it is.
Enter the Big Money 20
Big Money 20 contains twenty Republican names that are most notorious for their acceptance of financial donations which clouded judgment at some point. End Citizens United stands against those who go against their personal views just to benefit a special interest group that has paid for their campaign. This is what the primary purpose of the list is, according to Muller. She further claims that every politician who is a part of the Big Money 20 will face an intense backlash from this PAC during their reelection in 2018.
The organization and its 3 million members are going above and beyond to prevent people who they see as less ethical from getting another term. To do so, the goal is to raise $35 million which will be used to support opposing campaigns, raise awareness of the issue, and impact law-makers to change the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.
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A Brief History
This PAC has been around for only 2 years yet it still gathered a scary number of people who support what it stands for. In 2010, Supreme Court ruled against F.E.C. and decided that American elections will be opened to large donations. The decision set a precedent according to which corporations can influence campaigns as if they were individuals who simply donate large amounts of capital. Expectedly, money that large corporations are able to donate exceeds what most average people can give away and thus makes them voiceless. End Citizens United was formed in Washington to fight against this injustice that President Muller sees as something many Americans support.
The impact, however, might come a little short to the enthusiasm. Experts believe that most of the people on the Big Money 20 are relatively immune to these attacks and their re-election will not suffer great repercussion from defamation.
When it comes to politics, George Soros is one of the most well-known names out there. Although his candidate Hillary Clinton lost the electoral vote-and subsequently the election—Mr. Soros has pledged to remain a loyal part of the system. In fact, in the stressful days following the 2016 election, Soros and other liberal bigwigs took action instead of wallowing in pity. Meeting with top Democratic officials, the group with George Soros pledged to find a way to move forward despite the disappointing Rust Belt returns on November 8.
The group was organized in their approach, organizing into different sessions to approach various topics that will affect the Democrats in the years to come. By splitting into different groups to address issues such as mid-term elections like George Soros, these Democrats worked on expanding their reach.
After undergoing a period of intense self-reflection, the group focused upon the importance of learning the right lessons from the disastrous 2016 election. Although some have referred to the Democratic party as being in tatters due to the loss, many in the George Soros camp point out the fact that Clinton still did win the popular vote by almost three million.
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Many highlighted the fact that the election hadn’t been truly unsuccessful for the Democratic party; the failure was merely a matter of getting more Democrats to the polls in key places. The president of this group urged for a high-level analysis of what went wrong—without any finger-pointing. Obviously, since many felt that inaccurate polling played a huge part in the election, that was another issue that was covered extensively during the meetings. This group aimed to leave no stone unturned in the quest to find out exactly what went wrong—and how to fix it in the future.
Over many phone calls and meetings, representatives and donors discussed how the Democratic party needed to become more engaged at the state and local levels. It should be noted that this group means business; when they decide to donate to a cause or bring attention to it, they succeed. Over the past decade or so, they have donated a whopping half a billion dollars to causes that they believe are important.
Although George Soros hasn’t always been heavily involved in campaigns, he did donate an impressive $25 million to Hillary Clinton’s campaign. His continued presence at meetings and on phone calls means that he is fully committed to fighting the good fight for the Democrats.
Read an essay by George Soros in The Atlantic
In a recent CNN politics article, Hillary Clinton’s speech that was scheduled to be on major foreign policy was reviewed. The recent speech Hillary made turned into a savage mocking of Donald Trump rather than covering the foreign policies she had been billed to discuss.
It is said this is one of the most striking speeches of Clinton’s career that she delivered with her well known diplo-speak she’s been characterized with. She unleashed some very biting attacks on Donald Trump and went right for his jugular. Clinton warned that with Trump’s reputation of “very thin skin” no one should let him anywhere near the nuclear codes.
Clinton went on to state that Donald Trump’s reputation for being temperamental makes him unprepared to hold the office of President. This is an office she states that requires knowledge, immense responsibility, and stability- qualities she says Trump does not have.
As is his reputation, Trump turned around and unleased on Clinton the day after her speech. He called her speech “pathetic” as it was not a political speech and had nothing to do with foreign policy. Critics are saying the speech has made a significant moment in Clinton’s campaign. It has given a preview on what her tactics and attitude will be during the upcoming campaign. The presidential debates this year are likely to become fierce clashes between these two candidates.
If this is Clinton’s strategy it has some risks. Trump has the reputation of taking on rivals who have not been able to survive his return fire. Her attempt to convince voters that Trump is a mix of “bizarre rants” included a string of insults that she meant to ridicule him with and to render him unacceptable as a United States President.
Source: CNN.com, OnlineReputationReviews.com
Small protests are breaking out daily across Venezuela as the country is in an economic crisis. Diaz Granados found that prices are skyrocketing, and there are shortages of just about everything in the stores. There are also problems with basic services like water, sewer and electricity.
People are angry, but they are not necessarily ready to blame president Maduro enough to vote to remove him from office, according to a story in Reuters. The opposition to Maduro’s Socialist government are trying things like constitutional amendments to get him ousted, and they are trying to blame him for the crisis, and hoping to link into the anger that seems to be festering across the nation.
The only problem is, Granados says that people are not buying the idea that the opposition would be any better. The opposition had a campaign kickoff to get a recall going, but it drew barely a thousand people and not much enthusiasm.
In 2014 the opposition organized protests that left 40 people dead, and many Venezuelans blame them for causing those deaths.
The protests that are happening tend to be spontaneous and rather small. But there were about 1,000 of them in the first two months of the year, which is about 17 per day, according to the Venezuelan observatory of social conflict.