The traditional PAC, End Citizens United has been one of the leading groups backing the Democrats in various election campaigns since the group was established in 2015 with the sole aim of reversing the 2010 Supreme Court decision known as Citizens United. Over the course of the last eight years, the problem of unfair campaign financing has been growing in importance following the Citizens United decision and the arrival of “dark money” in U.S. politics; by the time of the 2018 Midterms, End Citizens United hopes to have raised the profile of the problem of campaign financing across the nation.
The roots of End Citizens United date back to 2008 when the Citizens United group began a campaign to broadcast a show on television called, “Hillary: The Movie”. As 2008 was an election year the showing of the movie on the eve of an election featuring a negative view of Hillary Clinton was seen as problematic and sparked a furious backlash and court case which would lead to the Supreme Court in 2010. As the case progressed through various courts it became a battle over where the financing for both “Hillary: The Movie” and funding for its broadcast came from which would lead to the decision to allow corporate and special interest groups unlimited funding opportunities during elections.
PAC President Tiffany Muller believes the issue of campaign financing is of great importance to the people of the U.S. as research shows a campaign message regarding election finance levels results in more votes for Democrats than their traditional message. The decision to support Democrats was taken by Tiffany Muller as Republicans have been the main beneficiaries of the Citizens United decision and are less likely to back calls for its reversal.
Instead of relying on the major donations of corporate groups and special interest organizations, End Citizens United has built a powerful reputation for itself based on grassroots donations. Operating as a traditional PAC is important as members are limited to just $5,000 in donations each election cycle meaning no single donor to exact undue political influence on the group and its work. The strategy of Tiffany Muller and her PAC has already proven a success in a number of special elections following the election of President Donald Trump in 2016.
In a recent article that was done by Forbes, it was revealed that George Soros gave a donation to his Open Foundations charity. This along with the additional 2 billion he has pledged brings the amount that he gave to charity to more than 85% of the wealth that he had. While you may think that this is something that is unheard of, it is actually just another day for George Soros as he has done this a number of times in the past. While the amounts he has donated has been a lot less, he has still made a number of contributions that have helped a number of political candidates, especially on the Liberal side as well as a number of social causes and what George Soros knows.
In regards to his political contributions, Soros has been known to make donations to campaigns that he felt had a strong chance at winning and hoped that his donation would be just the thing that would get the candidate elected. His most recent donation was to the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2016. While the results did not go the way that he had hoped, he still felt that the donation was for a very good cause. It is expected that in 2018 at the midterm elections that he will make a number of donations to help get congressmen either reelected or new ones elected and George Soros’s lacrosse camp.
As was stated in the Forbes article, there are a number of social causes that are near and dear to his heart and he feels that these causes are well worth the money that he donates to help improve the overall conditions in certain parts of the world. One of these examples is in parts of India where the money is going to fund startups that need a little shot in the arm to help them get up and going. These startups will help to fund future innovations in India and improve the world on a large scale and more information click here.
In Mongolia, there are children with disabilities that are not able to have the same equal access to an education as the rest of the kids. Working with organizations in Mongolia, open Foundations is looking to expand these opportunities give these kids the opportunity that they deserve. In addition to this, there are the war-torn areas of Nepal that are having to be put back together as well as helping to put the lives of those affected back together as well.
Parents that had their kids killed in these conflicts can hopefully move on with their lives. These are a few of the examples of the good that George Soros and his charities have done and the level of work that they will continue to do over the next several years. As the article by Forbes pointed out, while his donation did drop him a number of positions on their list of the worlds richest, it is nothing to him as he would rather be known for the good work that his money does in enriching the lives of people and helping unknown candidates have a real chance.