End Citizens United Lauds O’Rourke Campaign For Grassroots Fundraising

Beto O’Rourke has just done something astonishing running as a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas. O’Rourke raked in a record-breaking $38 million in just one quarter to bolster his campaign effort — but even more amazing is how he did it.

O’Rourke has refused all large contributions from giant corporations, Super PACs, special interest groups and various millionaires and billionaires who like to “buy” elections. Instead. Congressman O’Rourke is running a strictly grassroots fundraising model. He accepts only small donations from ordinary, average American citizens. More than 800,000 individuals donated to the O’Rourke effort in the past three months. Read more news about the group on USA Today.

A campaign finance reform group called End Citizens United is backing O’Rourke and taking inspiration from his amazing accomplishment. End Citizens United is a political action committee that is dedicated to getting big money out of politics — and if a candidate needs to raise tens of millions to get elected, he or she should do it the way Beto O’Rourke has done it.

End Citizens United was formed in 2015. It is based in Washington D.C. and helmed by CEO Tiffany Muller. The laser-like focus of the group is to stop giant corporations and other Big Money interests from donating huge amounts of cash to political candidates so that they can control them once they get into office.

Ultimately, End Citizens united wants a Constitutional Amendment to overturn the 2010 Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court which opened the way for any entity to donate as much campaign cash as they want to any candidate. That’s a big undertaking since it takes two-thirds of the 50 states to ratify a new Amendment and then a two-thirds approval vote in Congress. Such an endeavor could take years.

But there is a lot that can be done in the meantime, such as electing candidates like Beto O’Rourke. To that end, End Citizens United has endorsed dozens of people running — mostly as Democrats — who share the vision of large-scale campaign finance reform. Flipping the U.S. House and possibly the Senate from Republican to Democrat control would be a gigantic step forward.

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Betsy DeVos: Political Actor Or Hero?

Does Betsy DeVos practice political power moves or does she make charitable donations that go to help the public at large? The answer is both. She and her husband have made an astounding $139 million worth of charitable donations over the course of their lifetimes. That number dwarfs the amount that they have spent on political campaigns and causes. However, their activism in those political campaigns and causes is definitely to be recognized as well.


Betsy DeVos is currently the Secretary of Education in the Trump Administration. She made a lot of waves when she was first confirmed to this post largely because the vote was so close and some of her positions on education were considered to be so controversial. However, now that the fever has broken on a lot of that, DeVos is better able to take care of the business that she is in Washington to take care of.


This woman operates in a way that does not necessarily shine the spotlight on her. She much prefers to work in a way that does not cause people to stand up and take notice of her, but in a way that still works to get so much of what she believes in done. It is a balancing act that she has managed to perfect over the years. By being mild-mannered and polite in person, DeVos is able to fly under the radar for a lot of people. This means that she is frequently able to accomplish more than her counterparts simply because people are not paying attention.


Already there have been marks that DeVos has made as Secretary of Education. She has strongly advocated for more charter schools and has loosened the regulations required to get a charter school off the ground in the first place. This opens the door to the very real likelihood that we will all be seeing more of these types of schools in the near future. That is the dream and vision that DeVos has had for the country for such a long time, so it is fair to say that she is accomplishing at least some of what she wanted to in the first place.


Even though her political moves may be what the press takes up the most space writing about, it is unfair to say that this is all that she is about of course. There is the reality that she and her husband really have donated as much money as they have towards causes that they believe in. There have been people who have benefited from what they have done, particularly those in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. With that in mind, it is fair to say that the true picture of Betsy DeVos is a rather complex one. There is no reason to try to push her into one box or another. She is many things to many people all at the same time. Consider her to be something of a complicated figure that you can view through many different lenses.


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