In this world that is ran by human inadequacy, there are great individuals who find they have the power to change their world. The clout and influence they carry are enough to resound throughout the halls of the White House. One mover and shaker that is known among the most uneducated voter is George Soros. Soros is widely known for being a passionate Democrat. This began during his days studying at the London School of Economics. His passion continued and grew when he moved to the United States of America and began reaching titanic proportions. As he saw the blessing of capitalism, he longed to spread both democracy and the free market around the globe.
Over his life, George Soros has become a billionaire several times over. He started the Open Society Foundations with an $11 billion donation. The Open Society Foundations was the non-profit he used to help other countries adopt a government conducive to democracy. He helped these countries transition by beginning with open elections, moving to a democratic-republic, then by finalizing with a free market. He has been able to help countries on the continents of Europe, Africa, and South America. As of 2017, he was worth $26.2 billion by gave $18 billion of it to the Open Society Foundations to begin moving into Asia and Eurasia.
George Soros set his sights on helping America in 2004. During that election cycle, he decided to back John Kerry as strongly as possible. Remember, President George W. Bush had us fighting wars on two fronts. We had troops deployed in Afghanistan and troops in Iraq. George Soros was against these wars because they completely ransacked peace in the Middle East. George Soros knew that a Democrat would be better in the White House for the Middle East. Soros backed Kerry as strongly as he could with a $27 million donation.
In 2008, Soros would continue influencing politics in America by putting his substantial weight behind Illinois Senator Barrack Obama. Soros donated $15 million so that Obama could get the necessary advertisements. Obama would go on to serve for two successful terms and pushed a widely liberal agenda. Soros wanted it to get even better, so he pushed hard for his lifelong friend Hillary Clinton to gain the Oval Office. The DNC was rather short on funds during this time, and Soros bankrolled them with $25 million. The majority of that money was used to help Hillary Clinton. The remainder of those funds were used to help Senators who were fighting difficult battles in various key states to gain in the polls. Unfortunately, the Democratic Party lost across the board in that election. The GOP secured the Presidency, the House, and the Senate.
Ever since Donald Trump gained the White House, Soros has continued to fight him on the ground. He has used the Open Society Foundations to aid non-profits and Super PACs in their fight against Donald Trump. Time will tell if Soros was successful here in the States.
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James Anderson recently published an article on Hi-Tech Chronicle, a website created to publish independent and informative information on the latest trends in technology and science. James Anderson is the editor for the website and also writes articles about business and technology. The article called “Russians Weren’t the Only Meddlers in the 2016 Election According to End Citizens United” discusses the recent release of information regarding the influence of foreign money on the 2016 presidential elections in the United States.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has revealed more and more evidence on the influence of advertisements on social media platforms which were purchased by the Russians to influence the presidential campaign. Though it is unclear if America’s elected officials were working directly with the Russians, it is clear America’s representatives are complicit in the corruption of the electoral process by permitting Big Money to donate to political campaigns.
Though foreign money is technically not allowed to supply resources to political campaigns, it is difficult to prevent particularly when it is unclear what the consequences are when it does happen. American law is currently incredibly lax about the finance campaign laws, making it difficult to prevent foreign money from intervening in political campaigns.
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In the past several years, many right wing lobbyists and lawmakers sought to take down the laws made to prevent and limit financial donations to campaigns. Because of this, those with large amounts of money can have a huge influence in the political process and many of these individuals are not even citizens.
The recent Russian digital campaign discovered by Mueller is only the beginning. There are a variety of loopholes in the law which makes it almost impossible to discover how much foreign money was invested in the campaigns of 2016.
For example, both Chinese and Mexican individuals were able to donate huge sums of money through their corporations to different super PACs. There are more than 15 different instances currently being in investigated for illegal foreign money being contributed to the campaigns. However, it is incredibly difficult to discover just how much was spent because there are not enough regulations enforcing the tracking of the donations.
End Citizens United is seeking to change that. They are a grassroots nonprofit organization that is dedicated to backing politicians and reforms that will limit the influence of money in the political election process. The Political Action Committee began in 2010 after they recognized the awful effects of Citizens United.
End Citizens United is attempting to raise awareness about the issue of money in politics and support pro-reform candidates.
Learn more about End Citizens United: https://thereisnoconsensus.com/church-money-politics-not-end-citizen-uniteds-watch/
The 11th United States Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, has been in the headlines recently. Her confirmation as a cabinet secretary resulted in a tie, wherein half of the Senate rejected her application while the other half of the senate confirmed her. Mike Pence, the current vice president of the United States, has to step up and break the tie. He voted in favor of Betsy DeVos, confirming her as the 11th United States Secretary of Education. It was the first time that it happened in the history of the United States, and it is the reason why it made the news. Known as a vocal supporter of programs that are helping the population gain access to education and social welfare, Betsy Devos has been considered as one of the best choices to head the Education Department. She has been giving school vouchers to those who are having a hard time sending their children to school, and she is also an advocate of the freedom of school choice. She wanted to elevate the condition of American education, which is why she decided to work as the head of the Education Department. She believes that through her initiatives, the status of education in the United States can be improved.
Aside from working for the government, Betsy DeVos is also busy looking after her businesses. She is the daughter of Edgar Prince, known as the founder of Prince Corporation. She is married to Dick DeVos, a former Amway executive who belongs to one of the wealthiest and most powerful families in the United States. Her influence in the world of business and politics has given her the edge in creating foundations and charities that will help the people who are in need. She is also using all her power to achieve the goal that she wanted in the first place – providing every American with quality and affordable education.
Betsy DeVos is actively participating in philanthropic works. She likes to help different groups and organizations which promote arts and education. She is also donating some of her money to several charities and foundations, and their family was even considered as one of the most generous families in the United States. Her family is also running several foundations, including The Prince Foundation, which was established by her father, where she served as the vice president; and The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, created by her husband. Through this foundation, they manage to donate some of their wealth to organizations and institutions which share the same idea that they are promoting. It includes schools, hospitals, research centers, museums, and even the Christian church’s missions. Betsy DeVos also plays a vital role in the establishment of Art Prize, an art competition that is currently known as one of the most significant art events in the world, attended by thousands coming from different countries.
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Everyone has no doubt heard of George Soros at this point. He was the one man whose name seemed to be uttered by the media more than both candidates combined during the 2016 United States Presidential election. Soros is an avid supporter of progressive political agendas, and works diligently with a great many philanthropic and charitable organizations all over the world to help those less fortunate to have a better life. He is also a driving force behind a great deal of social activism and justice activities in the US.
So how did a man who was born in Hungary in 1930 come to be one of the most respected, wealthiest, and powerful individuals in the world today? The simple answer is through hard work and determination, not to mention careful choices, and a natural talent for being able to look at the bigger picture no matter what the subject was. Born a Jew in Budapest right before the occupation of Hungary by the Nazis, George didn’t have a traditional childhood. He had to struggle to survive, along with his family and countless others, in the face of unspeakable oppression. Read more about George’s life story at biography.com.
When he was older he fled the country, and headed to England where he soon took a job as a railroad porter, and later a waiter, in order to not only support himself but to attend the London School of Economics. After graduating, he was able to get his first job in the world of finance when he took a position at a merchant bank. From here he built a reputation for having a talent with numbers and the growing of money. He soon found himself being in demand and moved to New York City, where he started his first fun in 1969 with only $12M. The fund, which would later be known as the Quantum Fund, would prove to be one of the most successful of its time, and out of its success grew the foundations of Soros Fund Management. George Soros established the Open Society Foundations.
SFM, George Soros’ family firm, currently has over $30B in assets in holding and is considered to be one of the most respected fund management organizations in the world. Recently, Soros made a move to ensure that it stays that way for the long-term future when he appointed Dawn Fitzpatrick as SFM’s new CIO. In the position, Fitzpatrick, the seventh CIO since 2000 for the firm, will helm all portfolio activities and help to ensure that the excellence and success that Soros Fund Management is known for remains unequaled.
George Soros is a man who is well known for a wide variety of reasons, but it is safe to say that he is a man of many layers whose brilliance and devotion to the public good are still being discovered by most. George Soros is a great example of a model human being, who has persevered and overcome and in the journey he has taken found a way to give back without reservation.
Venezuela’s opposition party has demanded the dismissal of food minister Rodolfo Marco because of continued food shortages that are ravaging the nation as it faces a huge economic crisis, according to a story in Reuters. The party passed a measure that demanded he leave office after he refused to appear before the assembly to speak on the food shortages.
Reports from Open Corporates say many in Venezuela are able to eat only once or twice per day. There is triple digit inflation, and not much food available. What is available is expensive, making it hard for many people. Chronic water and electricity shortages are also causing major problems. Tumbling oil prices are part of the problem. Even so, the opposition party blames president Nicolas Maduro, and Maduro says the congress is making things worse.
Maduro has said in the past he supports the food minister. He said the opposition party is trying to stage a coup by using the parliament.
This was seen by expert Jose Velasquez as the latest move by the right-wing opposition party to oust Maduro. They are also seeking a recall vote and are trying to gather signatures to make that vote happen. They also tried to pass a law shortening the president’s term, but courts ruled they could nor shorten the term of a person in office.
Food shortages have been a huge problem recently. Last week according to Dateas.com, there were several protests, an some looting reported. Maduro said the riots were caused by the opposition party trying to destabilize the government.