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End Citizens United Targets Vulnerable House Seats in 2018 Blue Wave

If the political action committee End Citizens United has their way, the 2018 Midterm Elections will change the face of the United States government. End Citizens United is a political action committee that was created in 2015 as a response to the rapid influx of dark money that has been flooding through the government, purchasing legislators in order to get them to ignore voters in favor of corporate donors. End Citizens United specifically was created in order to introduce a constitutional amendment to overturn the 2010 SCOTUS case revolving around the conservative propaganda group, Citizens United. Citizens United argued that corporations should be considered as people and that their mega-donations were simply a facet of of their ‘freedom of speech’ and as such should be protected.

In order for End Citizens, United to have success in their quest of introducing a constitutional amendment, End Citizens United will need to help put the right legislators into place in order to make a difference. Progressive legislators who are willing to use their position in order to become champions of campaign finance reform will need to ascend up the 2018 Midterm Elections in order to wrestle some control away from conservative giants who are committed to lobbyists and special interests. End Citizens United has already targeted four vulnerable seats inside of California that could be turned and thus start a corresponding progressive wave throughout Washington, and what End Citizens United knows.

The seats that End Citizens United are targeting were listed among 16 others in a document that ECU put together to help prepare American voters who want to make a difference. The four most vulnerable seats belong to: Mimi Walters (Irvine), Dana Rohrabacher (Costa Mesa), Darrell Issa (Vista) as well as Duncan Hunter. Hunter and Issa have both been in the news recently for allegations of impropriety with campaign funds. Rohrabacher was mentioned in the infamous tape with Paul Ryan who alleged that Rohrabacher was probably paid by Putin. Mimi Walters is simply vulnerable due to her defense of Donald Trump’s incredibly unpopular administration, and Facebook.com.

In order for change to be enacted, End Citizens United will have to inspire American voters to get out and hit the ballots en masse. Midterm elections are notoriously tough to get people interested in but the dumpster-fire that has been the Trump administration may be enough to galvanize progressives who want to take the opportunity to make a difference. During the 2016 Presidential Election, End Citizens United was successful in raising and spending nearly $25 million in order to support pro-campaign finance reform candidates. End Citizens United has already raised $12 million, dated past October, and they’ll look to be equally ready to put their money on the line in the upcoming 2018 Midterm elections in order to help make a difference, and more information click here.

The DeVos: Bringing Change In Their Hometown

Around the year 1991, there was a plan being proposed that there was to be a huge, multi-purpose convention and sports arena to be built in the Grand Rapids area. During this time, Mr. DeVos was quickly on the path to being promoted to the position of CEO of his family’s company called Amway Corp. He was not a fan of this proposed project being built and quickly began lobbying against it.


Convention Center Worries


The reason that Dick DeVos was against the building of the new convention and sports arena is because he was afraid that it would be detrimental to the downtown area of Grand Rapids. His campaign against the construction led to the Grand Action group to be formed. This group included many top business leaders in the area who were the driving forces behind other construction projects such as the DeVos Performance Hall and the MSU medical school.


Both Mr. and Mrs DeVos are heirs to their family fortunes. However, much of their adults lives were spent trying to change policies and institutions. They are mega-donors for the GOP and their specific political influences have caused major changes in state laws that affect both labor and education. Both have influence that far extends past the Republican and conservative politics which they are both well-known for supporting. They have given away millions in scholarships for things like leadership programs and health and human services. The couple also donated more than $12 million towards the construction of the areas children’s hospital in 2006. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/DickDeVosII


Charter School In Michigan Growing


In 2010, Dick DeVos started a unique type of high school in western Michigan. His idea for a school for kids who love aviation was backed by his wife with much encouragement. The school is a nonprofit charter and has grown from around 80 students to over 600 in seven counties. Many of the students who attend ride up to three public buses in order to get to the suburban airport. To get into this school, there is a public lottery that is held every spring if the applications begin to exceed the openings.


The school fits well into Betsy’s personal philosophy about education and what she plans to promote when put in charge in Washington. Both Dick and Betsy founded the Great Lakes Education Project. This project is an advocacy organization which includes in it a political action committee as well.