Bringing An End To Unlimited Money In Politics

For the average person it is common sense, there should not be a system of politics which allows any individual to give unlimited amounts of money to the candidates that they believe will do something for them specifically on Facebook. While this may seem like the most obvious thing in the world, there are laws in the United States which now enable someone to donate any amount of money that they want to any candidate or cause.

This situation arose after the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision in the “Citizens United” case. This was a case brought to the court which challenged the idea of freedom of speech in politics. The Citizens United group had made an anti-Hillary Clinton film on endcitizensunited.org which they wanted to collect money for and get around rules that existed regarding political material during an election.

The Court ruled that monetary donations are a version of speech. As such, the Court believed that this was a free speech issue and ruled in favor of the group on msnbc.com. This meant that the doors were opened to donors donating any amount of money that they wished to any candidate or cause of their choosing.

Now there is a counter group that exists which is called End Citizens United PAC. The political action committee is interested in overturning the ruling of the court and bringing back elections which do not permit unlimited political donations. After all, End Citizens United believes that such election are not truly free elections after all.

The PAC is interested in funding candidates for high office which believe as they do and want to end the Citizens United ruling. This is a group using the unlimited donation rules to their advantage to try to get them overturned at the end of the day. It may seem a little ironic to some, but the group feels that they are being pragmatic with the cards that they were handed.

It is quite clear to End Citizens United PAC that the ultimate goal is to have a Constitutional Amendment which will end the political contributions schemes that currently exist. There is little else that would be strong enough to stand the test of time in the eyes of those working on this campaign. It is probably true as anything short of an amendment could easily be challenged again in the courts.

Already the group is seeing results in the form of a lot more attention being focused on the issue that they care about. End Citizens United had a hero in a candidate like Bernie Sanders as well. Given all of this, the group feels that they are making progress even if they have not yet quite gotten all of the results that they want.

George Soros’ support for Hillary Clinton should cause alarm to Trump’s campaign team

After 2004, when his preferred candidate lost to the former US president, George W. Bush, George Soros seemed to have got his hands off national politics. The self-made billionaire spent about $27 million on Bush’s opponent. No one has spent this much amount on their preferred candidate before.

Soros’ indulgement in 2016’s elections has so far caught many by surprise. What is even more astonishing is the fact that he seems to be spending more on the Democratic Party campaigns on nytimes.com, and more specifically, Hillary Clinton. Way before the elections, the investor had spent over $25 million. He had donated part of it and pledged others. The Federal Election Commission confirmed this, while sources close to the billionaire state that he is expected to donate much more. What might have been the cause for Soros’ reemergence?

To begin with, Clinton and George Soros have been known to have friendship ties, sharing a relationship that has lasted for over 20 years. Secondly, the Democratic Party flag bearer is pushing for reforms that resonate with Soros’ ideologies. Donald Trump’s perspective on reforms such as the criminal justice reform, the immigration reform, and religious tolerance are all against Soros’ will. With Trump being the Republican party’s flag bearer, Soros’ finds all the reasons to support Clinton. Finally, Soros has never been on the same page as Trump. At one point, he was caught stating that Trump’s was of managing businesses is similar to the way ISIS manages its activities.

Nevertheless, the fact that Soros is Clinton’s main funder should be a cause for alarm for Trump’s campaign team. What will even worry Trump is that Soros seems to be more engaged politically this time more than ever. His support for Soros is hugely evident. In fact, to show this, he had planned to attend the Democratic Party Convention on Time.com, a forum in which Clinton was set to accept her nomination as the preferred presidential candidate for the Democratic Party. He, however, didn’t manage to do so. Sources close to the billionaire explain that this was because the investor had gone back to active trading, and had opted to stay in Europe so as to monitor his activities closely.

About George Soros
The investor has two foundations under him; Soros Fund Management, and the Open Society Foundation at http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1997/02/the-capitalist-threat/376773/. He established them with the aim of putting together his fellow rich investors so they could help in certain areas such as education, and the needy communities. His philanthropic work has seen him donate up to $7 billion since 1979, through the Open Society Foundation. He is also a writer, with his articles focusing mainly on politics, economics, and society.

George Soros was born in Budapest, Hungary, before moving to Europe after being affected by the Nazi Occupation. He studied in Europe, where he acquired different academic credentials on project-syndicate.org, including an economics degree, before he moved to settle in the United States. This was in 1956. Soros went on to indulge in various businesses that enabled him to amass the fortune he currently has.