End Citizen Thinks There’s More to Political Donations than Meets the Eye

Montana copper King in one of his outburst and mishandled approach to politics said he never bought a man who wasn’t for sale to which the US senator Jon Tester reacted by enacting a legislation which comprises of a Constitutional Amendment that targets the Citizens United verdict by putting across the point that corporations aren’t people.

 

Senator Jon Tester introduced the SUN act that rule in the rampant environment of “dark money” groups by forcing them to reveal the identity of donors who give more than $5,000.The Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act requires Senate aspirants to file campaign finance reports that will save taxpayers’ money and make disclosures available to public domain faster.

 

Political Fundraising Committee

 

The democrats fighting for Freedom group, End citizens United formed a political fundraising committee focuses on monitoring all big money in politics. The group’s name refers to the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, which opened the door to union and corporate donations in candidate elections and helped launch super PACs, which can raise and spend unlimited amounts. They have so far achieved great success by gathering big money on their own. In the first 3 months of 2017 they had already raised $4 million and already projects $35 million before the 2018 congress elections.

 

PAC’s President revealed that the average donations this year reached $12 million. The ones who write contribute more get the air their views and thus the group donors feel oppressed by the system. By doing this they are able to put up a fight.

 

Almost 100,000 individuals gave to PAC in the year’s first quarter. 40,000 of these donors, according to Tiffany Muller, PAC President, were first time givers. The group leaders are confident that their aim is to choose finance leaders and reformers to Congress.

 

Muller, formerly the assistant political director to the Senate Democrats campaign team, mentioned that the team is testing the races it will take up in 2018. He revealed that it could take up the responsibility of defending Democratic Senators Sherrod Brown from Ohio and also Jon Tester from Montana this coming year.

 

End Citizens United is PAC that can’t take donations exceeding 5,000 dollars from personal donors. Despite the restriction, it’s fundraising back in 2016 let them drive it to the top of Democratic groups’ spenders in the last elections year.

 

George Soros: His Return to Active Campaign Financing

George Soros, the billionaire investor who once contributed a whopping $27 million dollars in 2004 to try to defeat President George W. Bush recently returned to the political spotlight as one of the leading funders of Hillary Clinton, and by extension the Democratic Party.

According to records made available by the Federal Election Commission, Democratic funding operatives, and interviews with his close associates conducted by Politico, Mr. George Soros committed or donated more than $25 million dollars to Clinton, in addition to other Democratic Party candidates in the just concluded presidential elections.

With a fortune estimated at more than $24 billion dollars, much of which was amassed through taking part in risky currency trades on nytimes.com, Mr. Soros is one of the richest men in the world. Born in Hungary before relocating to New York, has had a close working relationship with Mrs. Clinton, which spans more than twenty-five years.

His Motivation

Even though he did not attend the Democratic Presidential nominations, his close associates are of the belief that he became more politically engaged in the last elections due to the faith that he has in his friend Hillary Clinton, as well as his fear of President-Elect, Donald Trump. In the past, Soros has gone ahead to accused Trump of “doing the work of ISIS” mainly by stoking fears among the electorate on nybooks.com.

According to Michael Vachon, who is Soros’s political adviser, Soros has always been a consistent donor to Democratic-related causes, but in 2016, the elections had a much higher political stake. Apart from the hostility shown by the GOP candidates, the elections were important to Soros, as they touched on issues that he cared a lot about, such as religious intolerance, immigration reform, as well as criminal justice reform.

His willingness to donate to the Clinton campaign, in a bid to defeat Trump who was seen by many political pundits, as well as people in the Democratic Party circles as a good sign for Mrs. Clinton, as he was able to catalyze other wealthy activists to donate towards the campaigns.

It is a cumulative mobilization effort that helped Mrs. Clinton get a massive financial advantage over all the committees that were backing Donald Trump, who was and continues to be regarded with a lot of suspicion by donors across the political divide. The donations provided by Soros and his leftist benefactors are what allowed Clinton together with her team to create a humming campaign machine, which was able to overpower that of Trump in very many aspects.

Campaign Contributions

Soros-funded groups such as Priorities USA Action that received $7 million dollars, American Bridge 21st Century that got $2million and $700,000 to different Democratic Party campaigns and PACs.
Apart from supporting Clinton’s campaign, Soros has also funded non-profits such as Voting Rights Trust where he has made a commitment of $5 million.

Soros motivation and giving pattern in the last year has been similar to the pattern exhibited in 2004 when he was motivated by his deep and abiding opposition to Bush administration policies, as well as Iraq War that was ongoing at the time.

Learn more about George Soros:
http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/george-soros-democratic-convention-226267
https://www.project-syndicate.org/columnist/george-soros