In The Hands Of Soros

How The Legend Came To Be

Understanding someone is easier when you have a glimpse into their past. But you don’t have to travel too far to get that glimpse. It’s true whether the person you examine is tall, small; fat, skinny; rich, poor or neither. In either case, the same stands true for every human being.

Everyone’s history is written as the prior experiences they’ve had. Some are good, bad and then very ugly. The outcome is only simple when we face the facts as is. What we know and what we believe is dictated by our own history and the lessons we learn from them.

The legend George Soros is no different today and regardless of his financial standing. So you might be prepared to better understand this amazing figure of modern times. That is, to better understand who he is, we’ll take a quick look at the timeline he lived, endured and overcame. We do this to paint the clear picture of who that leaves us with today.

Know more: https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/people/george-soros

From Childhood

We know that nothing came easy to George Soros, and we hope that you don’t assume it did. If you assume such, then realizing the full picture will be difficult. His childhood was riddled with trouble, fear and a lack of financial stability. This was all put into play during World War II which changed the dynamic of the world itself.

Nothing had been the same since, and George Soros’ family would also realize the effects and aftereffect. Yet, one man’s life was changed. But one thing remains true; the reality that the 13-year-old George Soros lived would shape the man we see today. Here, we get a true glimpse into the monumental figure and why his heart is pure with hope. Read his profile at Business Insider.

From University and Support in Finance

Though ambitious for a child, George Soros had to find the right opportunities. The train yard of the United Kingdom couldn’t contain this man’s heart forever. The only way out he found was in education. But before that opportunity would flourish, young Soros had to wait on tables.

He soon found access to financial education that changed his life forever. With the right mentorship and credentials, it was clear that George Soros would live an impressive life for everyone to see.

More Money Than One Man Needs

In time, the money became overwhelming.

Though it might seems to be in the amounts that is more than one person could obtain, none of George’s success was by accident. The financial world continues to recognize Mr. Soros as a very intentional investor. The habit remains today. Read more about George’s life story at biography.com

Giving and Philanthropy

The only natural step for a person like George Soros is to give back after making his profound wealth alone; he then began a long running charity campaign. During this, Mr. George Soros is noted for providing charitable causes roughly millions.

His name continues to be a legend to this day and because of philanthropy.

End Citizens United: The Grassroots’ Fight For Legislation Reforms In Campaign Financing.

End Citizens United is a grassroots funded political action committee, PAC, established in March 2015. It has dedicated itself to driving big money out of politics and reforming the campaign system. It is the grassroots’ platform for fighting against billionaires buying elections. Their way of fighting the war is through electing individuals who champion for reforms in campaign financing. They also support candidates who are victims of mega-donors, corporate, special interest and dark money groups.

 

In preparation for the 2018 political cycle, it announced its last round of endorsements on May 3rd, 2017. They endorsed Heidi Heitkamp, Sheldon Whitehouse and Bob Casey in the states of North Dakota, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania respectively. These senators have fought against the tidal wave of big money buying elections and as such were easy to endorse. The ECU will connect the candidates with the over 143, 000 members of the grassroots in the region.

 

The ECU is planning to marshal its 330,000 political donors to provide resources which the candidates need to win. The political arena has felt the impact of the PAC. In the 2016 cycle, the first election it took part in, it helped elect 15 new Congress members by raising $25 million. It was the 3rd largest spending Political action committee. In the Georgia special election of April 18, 2017, the members of the ECU raised $900,000 to aid the election of Jon Ossof.

Since the beginning of the year, the End Citizen United has continually raised funds for the coming congress election in the midterm of 2018. It collected over $4 million in the first three months of the year alone. Close to 100,000 people contributed among whom 40,000 were first-time donors, an indication that more people are joining hands in the fight for reforms in the legislation of campaign financing. Raising more money is the only way to get big money out of elections and politics.

The political action committee plans to raise $35 million before the 2018 election. The president and the executive director of the PAC, Tiffany Mueller said that the average donation had reached $12 this year. Though it needs donations, it still operates within the boundaries of a traditional PAC. Therefore, End Citizens United cannot receive from an individual a donation greater than $5000.

 

The name, End Citizens United, alludes to the decision of the Supreme Court in 2010 that allowed union and corporations (Citizens United) to donate in candidate elections. The ruling led to the launch of Super PACs which can spend an unlimited amount of money in campaigning for a candidate. As a result, legislation has fallen in the hands of the person or groups with the largest paycheck. The ECU PAC is fighting back by electing candidates who can champion for reforms in campaign financing.

 

What the Koch Brothers are Really About

A recent article by Moyers & Company takes a closer look at the Koch brothers, beyond what is typically heard about them and their political influence from the mainstream media. By going beneath the surface, the article addresses the most common misconceptions about the Koch brothers and provides more accurate insight into the goals and motivations of the leaders of a powerful network of political donors. The Koch brothers are multi billionaire industrialists who made their fortune following in their father’s footsteps at the head of Koch Industries, the second largest privately owned company in the U.S.

Charles Koch is commonly portrayed as having the singular goal of fighting against the Obama administration’s liberal agenda. However, the Koch brothers have been supporting libertarian and free market policies for over three decades now. In fact, they really increased their political activity during the George W. Bush administration when they disagreed with its less than conservative policies and the expansion of big government into everyday lives of its citizens. The article also points out that the Koch brothers are not such an obscure pair who operate independently of the Republican party or other political activists, despite what the general public has been told. The Koch brothers have orchestrated quite the connected political machine built on a strong foundation of libertarian principles and free market economics, which is supported by many businessmen who share in the Koch brothers’ political and economic philosophies.

Charles Koch has an impressive educational background and plenty of experience in engineering, finance and management. He speaks openly and frequently about his belief that the smaller the role of the government in people’s lives, the better. He also vehemently opposes any form of corporate welfare. He has written two books about his success in business and the economic principles underlying his free market philosophy. Koch consistently supports educational initiatives that promote free market principles, such as programs at George Mason University. Charle’s net worth is estimated at $44.3 billion as of 2015, and he has earned a spot on the list as one of the wealthiest men in the world. Charles Koch’s political spending and endorsement is poised to have a major effect on the 2016 presidential election.

THE DEVOS: A PHILANTHROPIC FAMILY

In the world of philanthropy, rich corporations and wealthy families are to be appreciated in making the world a better place. When philanthropy isn’t just giving but stewardship then the result is a happier world. The DeVos name springs up in my mind at the very mention of the name philanthropy. The DeVos family has stayed true to its roots by contributing to charity in every way possible. It is not uncommon to see one of the DeVos in one of those philanthropy events. In fact, that name is synonymous with philanthropy.
Richard DeVos Sr co-founded the company Amways in 1974. The company focuses on direct marketing as the source of revenue. It has grown immensely to be a great source of his wealth and he thanks his community for this. Dick DeVos is dedicated to religious giving. Any charity that is associated with religion grabs his attention faster than you can say Mississippi. The founder of Amway also gives money to the Republican Party. He supported Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich in their presidential campaigns. His wife is not left behind in all this. She is an active participant in the family traditions. The couple jointly contributed to form a children’s hospital in Grand Rapids. The hospital is now known as the Helen DeVos Children Hospital. As a family, their name looms large in the city and the country as well.

Dick DeVos is the son of Richard DeVos. He acted as the CEO of Amway Corporation before leaving to start his own business. The son of the giving family has followed in father’s footsteps. Together with his wife, they founded The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989. The foundation gives aid to communities for growth and viability. In the spirit of his father, Dick DeVos continues to bless his community.

Glad to see the Grand Rapids area make another “best of” list! Thank you all for your role in making our city great.

Posted by Dick DeVos on Friday, March 11, 2016

The couple has four children, some of whom are married and have children. http://www.dbdvfoundation.org