Politics

End Citizens United Endorsements Make A Polling Difference

In the state of Texas, Republicans have been at the heart of much of the political landscape of the history of the state and Senator Ted Cruz has been a major force on the U.S. political stage in recent years. The arrival of the End Citizens United PAC could signal a change in the political order in Texas as the Political Action Committee is seeking to help elect Democrat Beto O’Rourke who has signed a pledge to ensure he does not accept funding from special interest groups or corporate PACs who try to manipulate politicians to achieve specific political ends.

End Citizens United has seen significant results from its decision to make a major point of the campaign funding issue for the 2018 Midterms and in earlier elections including the special election in Alabama where Doug Jones was elected over the overwhelming favorite for a victory was Republican Roy Moore. A number of politicians are now making the choice to turn their back on funding from corporate PACs and special interest groups as the stigma appears to be growing about the political influence of many of these groups moving forward; a good sign of this change in attitude is the 49 percent disapproval rating of Ted Cruz among the people of Texas.

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The polls conducted by End Citizens United have proven the most important message put across by President Tiffany Muller is that of campaign financing reform with many candidates seeing a significant rise in their polling numbers when the support of the PAC is revealed to members of the public. Formed in 2015, the campaign strategy of End Citizens United has been evolving as the group has been working on different elections for various candidates with the message of financial reform proven through testing to be more effective than a traditional Democrat message of left-leaning values.

One of the most successful aspects of the latest campaigning policies introduced by End Citizens United has been the introduction of a candidate pledge stating an endorsement from the PAC will be accompanied by a refusal to accept funding from corporate PACs and wealthy donors according to ballotpedia.org. The pledge is open to Democrats and has been signed by new candidates and experienced politicians with more than 70 Democrats standing for election already rejecting the backing of special interest groups; New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is just one of the well-known names from the left to reject special interest funds with End Citizens United endorsing her campaign and looking to back Democrats with the more than $30 million in funds expected to be raised by the PAC over the course of the coming year as the 2018 Midterms draw ever closer.

Learn more about End Citizens United: https://www.fec.gov/data/committee/C00573261/

How Betsy DeVos is Attempting to Change American Education.

Paying attention to the political scene has become something of a full-time job, at least since Donald Trump ascended to his post as President of the United States. President Trump has followed through on the promises of Nominee Trump in his pursuit of adding outsiders to the highest rungs of the political ladder. Among his various installations in Washington D.C. was Betsy DeVos to the role of Secretary of Education. Betsy DeVos was far away from being a household name when she was nominated and summarily confirmed, but members of Michigan’s conservative party definitely have been familiar with her work.

 

Betsy DeVos came up in Holland, MI where she learned to trust three things above all: her faith, her family, and her conservative values. One concept that bridged the gap between all three concepts was her belief in the future of school choice advocacy. Betsy DeVos became enamored with the works of Milton Friedman and his argument against government intervention in the educational system. Friedman fundamentally argued for a private school system and Betsy DeVos expanded on the concept by doubling down on voucher/scholarship options. DeVos took personal trips to schools around Michigan in order to help inform her opinion, realizing that some of the best schools in the state, from her point of view, were considered private choice.

 

Betsy DeVos would attend Calvin College and she would get right to work after graduating. DeVos has been active in a slew of different state-wide activities and she is most famous for being the chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party. DeVos has also spent time working alongside a variety of educational charities, including American Education Reform Council and Children First America. These experiences would eventually lead Betsy DeVos to become the chair at the American Federation for Children, her attempt to bring school choice to a national level. So far, DeVos has had success to a degree. 17 states have adopted school choice programs and almost a quarter of a million students are enrolled in the programs.

 

Now that Betsy DeVos is sitting in the office of the Secretary of Education, she’ll have the chance to bring change to a national level. Betsy DeVos has already gained a reputation for being hard-nosed and bulldog-like in her convictions and this spells good things for fans of DeVos’ point of view. With only a year in Washington D.C. to her name, DeVos is already well on the way to changing America.

 

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