End Citizens United, popularly known as ECU, recently issued a statement that it has given an endorsement to four Illinois candidates to run for the US House of Representatives. These candidates include Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Betsy Londrigan (IL-13), Sean Casten (IL-06) and Brad Schneider (IL-10). The president of the ECU, Tiffany Muller, said that too many of the political players at Capitol Hill are beholden to million-dollar special interest groups. Muller added that Big Money was corrupting the democratic system of the United States which has a long history. He also added that big corporations and oil companies were lobbying for their selfish interests and leaving every citizen from Illinois behind.
Muller said that the four candidates had committed to fight for meaningful reform in the halls of Washington. The candidates, if elected into office, would fight for reforms on the issues that affected Illinois families such as health care, education and the economy. Muller added that End Citizens United took pride in endorsing the candidates for office and that the organization was looking forward to helping them win the forthcoming mid term elections in November. Another member of the US Congress, Brad Schneider, said that he was humbled and honored at the same time to have received the endorsement of End Citizens United in the 2018 mid-term elections. Schneider added that people must rise and put the disastrous decision of Citizens United back to the dustbin of history where it belongs.
He said that End Citizens United must rein the untraceable and unlimited dark money that had been unlocked by Citizens United. Congressman Schneider also said that he was looking forward to working with end Citizens United to promote accountability and transparency back to the American electoral system and retain American democracy to its former glory. The candidate for IL-06, Sean Casten, said that it would be difficult to see any form of progress on the issues that affected the lives of Americans without getting dark money out of the electoral system.
Casten added that the work of End Citizens United and other activists groups was extremely crucial to the restoration of democracy, equality and accountability in the US electoral process. End Citizens United has also given an endorsement to four other candidates in the state of Illinois. These will assist the candidates to compete on an even ground with Big Money special interest groups. ECU will connect the candidates with over 400,000 small-dollar donors as well as the over 148,000 grassroots members in the state of Illinois.
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The Atlantic recently reported that George Soros has been seeing a rise of conspiracy theories and other demonization efforts aimed at him due to the large amount of his own money that he is donating to different charitable organizations. He has been singled out as supposedly being the sole source of funding for Antifa and Black Lives Matter and has also been the scape goat for Colin Kaepernick’s NFL protest. Right wing conspiracy theorists have also accused him of paying women off so they would accuse Roy Moore of sexual harassment and assault. The truth is, Soros is no stranger to these kinds of wild accusations and theories, because he has been dealing with them for years.
The interesting thing about a lot of the latest conspiracy theories and accusations is the fact they they aren’t being aimed at his very open political giving efforts. Instead, right-wing proponents are, interestingly enough, focusing on his charitable giving. Because George Soros happens to support many different causes that people label as “progressive,” many political opponents like to color him as a boogeyman of sorts who secretly works to undermine the order of the world. What’s baffled many is the fact that he is extremely open about his political views and also the charitable work he does. There is no secret about the fact that he openly promotes democracy and progressive ideals.
George Soros has been the perfect target for many of the woes of the political right, and while he is a hero for capitalism and progressive values, it is also the fact that he is Jewish that has come into play. Unfortunately, antisemitism is alive and well in the world, because a lot of the rhetoric being used by the political right is mirroring the same kind of language and words that is used to discredit the Jewish people as a whole. While not many have come straight out and mentioned his Jewish identity as a cause for concern, they have used terms to describe him that other anti-Semites have in the past.
George Soros recently donated $18 billion of his own money to his charity the Open Society Foundations, and a lot of the money has helped people who can’t speak for themselves. He has been inspired to help the downtrodden partially because of his own background as a Jew who grew up in a Nazi-occupied Hungary. His charity, Open Society Foundations, was named after a term that an author used to describe how society should be. Since Mr. Soros grew up in the middle of a very closed society, he never wants the same for anyone else. His passion to help the disadvantaged and those in the minority has been the driving force behind his large donations to their well-being.
With the election of Donald Trump and the rise of other forces, George Soros has increased his giving because he was starting to see a trend of people bashing those who were in the minority. He has committed himself to be the defender of the gay rights movement and many other movements that work for the equal treatment of everyone who lives in the world.
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