End Citizens United has dedicated itself to promoting candidates that are fighting to reform financial reform in politics, and has brought issues related to reform to the public. This issue is so important to the group, because financial contributions eventually reflect themselves in the decisions and pieces of legislation that our elected officials push though. Each cycle, the group chooses to endorse those politicians that are running for office that represent the values of the group and its members.
With the number of local elections that are taking place throughout the year, there are constantly new individuals being added to the list. At any one time there can be up to fifty individuals being endorsed by End Citizens United at any one time, and the group is focused on pushing and campaigning for each and every one in their jurisdiction. No election is too small because the issues at stake here need addressing at every level of governance.
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End Citizens United is a political action committee that is entirely grassroots founded and funded, done so by concerned citizens that were tired of their elected officials being bought by leaders in every major industry. Their main goal was to reform the political campaign finance system, ensuring fair play and ending the practice of industry buying the elections. This area of reform is perhaps one of the most difficult to reform, because money and donations to a campaign can end any activity before it has even begun. Still, the PAC has focused on working to get pro-reform candidates elected, bringing the issue to the forefront in voters minds and the national news, to pass laws that will reform campaign finance, build the membership to build a sense of political power around the issue.
Already the issues raised have proven to be important to the general public, as proven by the incredible amount of financing and campaign funds raised for those the group has decided to endorse. Thousands of individuals have spoken with their wallets, creating a movement and giving the group the ability to endorse and make great strides in their support of candidates they believe in.
Most Americans heard the name Betsy DeVos for the first time when Donald Trump nominated her to be U.S. Secretary of Education. However, to most people who are involved in the political landscape of education reform, Betsy DeVos is no stranger. DeVos began her career in politics at Calvin College. She’s been involved in politics and education reform ever since.
DeVos has seen her share of political action committees, political campaigns and party leadership. She served as chairman of the Michigan Republican Party for six years. In 2006, her husband, Dick DeVos, won the Republican nomination for Governor of Michigan. He failed to win the seat.
The sitting U.S. Education Secretary is no stranger to philanthropy, either. She runs the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. The Foundation serves a wide variety of charitable interests some of which are education. DeVos is a board member of the DeVos Institute for Arts Management at the Kennedy Center. She’s also on the board of Mars Hill Bible church and Kids Hope USA.
DeVos is passionate about reform. She’s been a strong supporter of school choice long before she took the helm of the Department of Education. She’s on the boards of both the Alliance for School Choice and the American Federation for Children. DeVos says that she’s “optimistic” about the future of education in America and hopes that school tuition vouchers are a part of that plan.
Since instituting school vouchers in Milwaukee nearly 25 years ago, the school choice program has ballooned to 250,000 students who attend 33 private schools. DeVos says that more states are adding voucher programs, and that’s a good thing. She says that school vouchers are a welcome change for people who aren’t happy with traditional public school programs.
DeVos says that she draws inspiration for school reform from Potter’s House Christian School in her hometown of Grand Rapids. Potter’s House serves primarily low-income families with a goal of providing an excellent education for students. Her family financially supported several students at the school and still provides financial support for the school. She said she wants to help low-income students across the country access an excellent education that meets their individual needs.
Betsy DeVos grew up in Holland, Michigan as Betsy Prince. She attended Holland Christian High School. DeVos married Dick DeVos, son of Amway co-founder Richard DeVos. They have children and grandchildren. The DeVos family is known throughout West Michigan for their ownership of Amway and community philanthropy. Learn more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/04/06/what-is-education-secretary-betsy-devos-doing-with-the-rapper-pitbull-in-miami/?utm_term=.dac9eddf93b8