Betsy DeVos Sets Sights on Public Education As Secretary of Education.

There is a growing sentiment in Washington D.C. that the political world has changed forever. The rise and ensuing election of Donald Trump to the Presidency has forever changed the way the government will look, feel, and operate. President Trump ran a campaign based on bringing outside voices into the inner-workings of the government, and that appears to be exactly what he has done. Leading the way in this new era of administration is Betsy DeVos, a chairwoman from Michigan who made her career out of the fight for school choice. Betsy DeVos was nominated and confirmed to the post of Secretary of Education and in her new position, she will be the focal point of American educational policies for the foreseeable future. While known by niche Republican circles, Betsy DeVos is making her national debut for the first time and it is worth taking some moments in order to get to know her.

 

While ostensibly soft-spoken and polite, Betsy DeVos has made her entire political career out of being able to stand up for what she believes in. Betsy DeVos is considered the leader of the school choice movement, eventually conceptualized by Milton Friedman, and she didn’t get to that position by accident. Instead, Betsy DeVos has worked tirelessly in order to spread the word and her faith in the school choice movement to every corner of the country. DeVos has taken school choice from the fringes of education directly into the spotlight. Her machinations with school choice have led to 17 states adopting the concept and more than 250,000 students enrolling in private, school choice programs.

 

In Washington D.C., Betsy DeVos will find herself under fire from members of both major political parties. In being forced to stand up for herself, Betsy DeVos will reveal the political bulldog that has always existed. In fact, she is already winning compliments from members of both political parties. The President of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, says that DeVos is ‘dangerous’ because people tend to underestimate her. Mike Cox, a former attorney general, says that Betsy DeVos is someone who is ‘determined’ and ‘steely’ when she sets out and focuses on a goal to accomplish. These words aren’t just words, they are emblematic of the person that Betsy DeVos really is. Learn more:¬†https://twitter.com/BetsyDeVos?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

 

Betsy DeVos knows that she has an uphill battle to fight in Washington D.C. However, as part of Donald Trump’s new administration, she will have the full support that his popularity among his base can offer. DeVos will take this chance to really make a difference.

A Look At End Citizens United Fundraising Efforts

Representative Beto O’Rourke has had success raising money for his campaign in Texas to replace U.S. Senator Ted Cruz. O’Rourke is considered a longshot to unseat the Republican Senator as the state of Texas has not elected a Democrat for this position since 1994. However, he is having a lot of success raising funds nonetheless. In March he had only raised $535,000 for his campaign. As of mid-July, he had successfully raised this total to $2.1 million.

When announcing this sum that he had raised, Beto O’Rourke commented that all of the money he had raised had come from individuals. He has not received any money from special interests, political action committees (PACs) or corporations. His campaign has been supported by End Citizens United PAC, though, which has spread his message to their 157,000 members in Texas as well as their 330,000 donors across the United States. As he does not take PAC money in any form End Citizens United has not contributed financially to his cause themselves.

End Citizens United has also had a lot of success raising funds this year. In just the first three months of the year they collected over $4 million from small donors. They are now on track to raise $35 million for the 2018 election cycle which is a large increase over the $25 million they had collected for the 2016 elections.

Tiffany Muller, who is End Citizens United’s executive director and president, said that her organization has so far raised money from over 100,000 people. The average contribution, she said, was $12. The members of her PAC know that the political system has been rigged against the average American and supporting End Citizens United is part of their way of fighting back.

End Citizens United is an organization which came about due to the Supreme Court decision which allowed the massive flow of money into politics. The Supreme Court ruled that people and companies could give any amount they want to political campaigns as any restrictions financially placed on them, even entirely reasonable restrictions, amounted to a violation of their first amendment rights.

As this Supreme Court decision has resulted in limitless spending that comprises the election process, End Citizens United works to support politicians who want to enact meaningful political election reforms. They ultimately want to establish a new constitutional amendment which will limit how much any one person or corporation can donate to a campaign.

As a PAC itself, End Citizens United operates as a traditional one which means it will not accept any donation over $5,000. Despite this, they have become one of the larger Democratic PACs in operation. They are already laying the groundwork to support election reform-minded politicians in the upcoming midterm elections.

Shedding Light On Dark Money In Politics

End Citizens United is a PAC attempting to end the shady money coming into politics from its GOP counterparts. If you’ve recently woken up thinking that you had a dream of Donald Trump being our President, only to find out it’s a scary reality, you may want to check out this grassroots organization. Comprised of primarily “small donors,” this group is attempting to reform campaign funding laws to avoid major corporations to be seen as humans in our electoral process, essentially “buying” elections.

 

Identifying The Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizen’s United v. FEC, which allows special interests and billionaires to fund campaigns with no accountability as being the problem, the group has grown to well over 325,000 supporters in its petitioning and fundraising measures. The group seeks to bring transparency to our electoral spending through a few simple measures:

 

  1. Electing pro-reform candidates
  2. Raising the issue of money in politics as a national priority
  3. Using grassroots membership to demonstrate political power on the issue of money in politics

 

Self identifying as “Democrats,” the group is led by a staff of significant diversity, including Tiffany Muller, President and Executive Director, being one of the first openly gay political figures in Kansas, and paving the way for other LGBT figures to become representative in other areas of government such as congress and the senate, tackling discrimination every step of the way. The other staff members range from advocates to veterans, representing nearly every walk of life.

 

End Citizens United makes getting involved easy, and provides a wealth of information¬†on its website, where you can find video, news articles, a research area, and even find local events and causes to support this noble organization. If you are like most of us, and tired of having the government represents only a tiny fraction of the population, it might be time to consider getting involved. Money may not seem like a huge issue when looking from outside within, however our current administration exemplifies perfectly why this needs to be a major concern to all American’s, as most of us aren’t billionaires, and are being represented by folks that simply can’t relate to our issues and concerns. It’s time for a change, and time to act now, without further delay.