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How Betsy DeVos Has Supported Causes She Believes In Over The Years

Betsy DeVos is the U.S. Secretary of Education. She has been married to Dick DeVos for many years and together they operate the Dick and Betsy Devos Family Foundation through which they donate money to various causes. One of the things they are known for is donating money “free of attached strings” so that the charitable organization can spend the money in the way it sees best fit. Their foundation is mainly focused on education, arts, and leadership. They also support other areas such as religious groups, community, and justice issues.

One of the big accomplishments of Betsy DeVos is in regards to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She was on this institutions board of directors from 2004 to 2010. While there the Devos’ donated $22.5 million in order to establish the DeVos Institute of Art Management. Betsy had seen that many people running art institutions and museums didn’t have the business skills necessary to efficiently run them. This institute gives the next generation of leaders in this industry the opportunity to gain these skills so that the institution is ably run.

One of the largest educational issues for Betsy DeVos is charter schools. She thinks they offer a far better opportunity for children to learn than public schools do. She has been a leader on issues such as school vouchers which would enable children to go to a charter school using the money that would otherwise have been used to teach them at a public school. Betsy has donated money to a large variety of nonprofits supporting charter schools over the years. She has also served on my nonprofit’s boards including the Alliance for School Choice, the American Education Reform Council, and the Advocates for School Choice among others.

Arts is another area that Betsy DeVos is keenly interested in. The DeVos’ son, rick, founded ArtPrize. This nonprofit, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in an art competition with people from around the world submitting their art for judging. Winners in various categories are judged and winners receive a large cash prize.

In 1989, Betsy and Dick DeVos established the Windquest Group. Since that time Betsy had served as the company’s chairwoman up through her appointment as the Secretary of Education. This company invests in clean energy companies, manufacturing, and technology firms. She also was once, along with her husband, the producer of a Broadway play. The show ran, called “Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson, ran for a period of time in 2012.

 

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How End Citizens United Hopes to Transform the American Political Scene

The just concluded election was one of the most heated in the US history. The stakes seemed to be getting higher every single day the two primary candidates were on the campaign trail, and when the winner was announced, a lot of people received the news with complete shock. Well, what has passed has passed, but the aftermath of PACs which seemingly came out of the woodwork to have the views of their candidates heard is still lingering. One of the PACs which were established in 2015 is the End Citizens United. This group was created to help raise funds for the support of various candidates of the Democratic Party in the elections.

 

During the just concluded general elections, the party managed to raise more than $25 million, which they used to support various candidates of their choice. One of the biggest concerns they have about the electoral process is an amendment which was done to the constitution, and one which made it possible for Super PAC to get involved in the politics. As a result of this law, illegal money from sources such as the Koch Brothers is finding their way into the policy of the day, undermining the democratic process.

They have been raising money to support their cause. By the end of the first quarter of 2017, the group had received a lot of new donations from people who hadn’t contributed to their cause before. More than 40,000 new contributions have been made to the cause. The trend has is a result of the hopelessness that people are feeling towards the current government. They feel that the best they can do to make their voice heard is contributing towards the PAC.

 

Tiffany Muller, the president and executive director of the group, said that the organization had more than 3 million members who had raised more than $25 million in preparation for the congressional mid-terms which will take place in 2018. The average contribution being made to the Go Fund Me website is $14 per person. Their ultimate goal is to get the signatures needed to convince the Supreme Court to amend the constitution. Some skeptics think that the purpose of the group is a little too ambitious, but they say that even though the last amendment was done in 1992, they will have at least created a platform for liberals to air their views.

 

The PAC has succeeded mainly because of their belief in equal rights for all people. Their Leader, Tiffany Muller has been fighting these battles all her life. She was the first openly gay public official in Kansas for the longest time. She lives in Washington DC with her wife and their daughter. Her hope is that End Citizens will affect the social change the country needs so desperately.

 

 

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Opposition party moves to oust Maduro

While Venezuela struggles with its economic crisis brought on by crumbling oil prices, the political battle to oust president Nicolas Maduro continues. The opposition party was dealt a blow last week when the supreme court said it could not shorten his term in office by changing the length of his term, a Reuters story said.
This is the latest skirmish between the right wing opposition party and the socialist leader Maduro, who is a former assistant of Hugo Chavez, and the one chosen by Chavez to replace himself.

Maduro was elected to a six year term in 2013, and the constitution allows a recall vote at the half-way point of the term, which is 2016. The leader of the opposition party – who lost to Maduro in the general election – has said he wants the recall vote to happen this year.

If the vote happens this year, and if Maduro loses that vote, a new presidential election would be held almost immediately, which according to Norka Luque would benefit the opposition party. If the referendum is held in 2017, and if Maduro were ousted that way, the vice president would continue the term. That would leave the socialists in power and would defeat their purpose in getting rid of Maduro, the opposition leader said.

Norka also added that the opposition party must gather 4 million signatures to have a referendum. it has started the process but has faced problems getting government agencies responsible to cooperate.

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