The Real Betsy DeVos May Be Someone You Do Not Recognize

Depending on what part of the country you are from, you may know Betsy DeVos as one kind of person or another. If you happen to be from her home state of Michigan, you might have some pretty strongly favorable views of the woman. She is seen as a powerful businesswoman, and she is also seen as a kind and generous soul by many there. Those from the rest of the country are often getting just their first look at this person, and they may view her quite differently.


When DeVos was first selected as the Secretary of Education by President Trump, some were left wondering who this person was. We wondered how it was that we had not heard of her name before when she was about to become someone with such power. The truth is though, perhaps we should have known of her.


Those who do know her say that she is often underestimated. Just because she has done a lot with her life to better the lives of others does not in any way imply that she is not a tough political fighter. As a matter of fact, anyone who crosses her had better prepare themselves for a battle.


She has long been a strong advocate for charter schools. It is her belief that these schools serve the student population more fully. She wants to see the country develop policies that encourage more charter schools to form, and to have more students attending those schools.


DeVos has little experience in politics herself, but she has worked alongside those who share her passion for charter schools. She is also a billionaire, so that helps her have a lot of influence no matter where she goes. She may not have a long history in politics, or with the President himself, but she does have political instincts that are difficult to organically develop in a person.


You can like her or hate her, but it is widely expected that she is going to get a hang for this political game and get the things she wants. She has a strong sense for when she should bring things into the public spotlight, and when it is best for her to operate in the shadows. Whatever has to be done to get more of the agenda pushed through, that is what she will do. It is really as simple as that.


Those who are opposed to DeVos have tried to point out that she does not have many connections to public schools. They wonder why it is that she is the one selected to run the way in which the government operates its schools when she does not particularly have the experience to do so. They very much question her abilities to work in this area at all. Even worse, they are skeptical of her agenda to push for charter schools. They believe that she is only doing so as a way of funneling more money into donors of her political friends. Regardless, she is the one with the power right now, and people are either going to have to love it or hate it. Learn more:

Ending Citizens United? A Possibility, After All!

End Citizens United is a PAC that is funded by grassroots donors. ECU was established on the 1st of March, 2015 and it is a non-profit committee that is based in Washington, DC with more than 3 million members. The PAC’s mission involves actively fighting against Citizens United. The organization plans on making changes in the campaign finance system by ensuring that Big Money comes to a stop in politics.

According to End Citizen United chooses to work with Democrats because they believe that they can be a source that brings about change that counts, in the truest sense of the word. ECU plans on electing campaign finance reform champions and collaborating with them to ensure that the work of Citizens United doesn’t have any effect on the lives of the American people. ECU aims to achieve this goal by spreading awareness about the problem with money in politics as a national matter of concern, utilizing their grassroots members and supporters to exhibit political power and collaborating with ballot measure campaigns to pass pro-reform laws.

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ECU’s plans involve targeting a list of 20 Republican members who are a part of the Congress in 2018. The PAC refers to this list as “the Big Money 20” and it is made up of the names of Republican politicians that show a preference for their own interests over constituents by taking large donations and showing support for laws that are supportive of their donors. Tiffany Muller, ECU’s group director commented that the Big Money 20 are the “worst of the worst in Congress”. The list includes the names of politicians such as Ted Cruz, Dean Heller, Paul Ryan, Mike Bishop, Rod Blum, Mike Bost, Mike Coffman, Ryan Costello, Rodney Frelinghuysen, Duncan Hunter, Will Hurd, Darrell Issa, Tom MacArthur, Pat Meehan, Erik Paulsen, Rob Pittenger, Dana Rohrbacher, Peter Roskam, Claudia Tenney and Mimi Walters. End Citizen United plans on raising $35 million to spend on the 2018 re-elections. Experts agree that most names mentioned in the list will be going through a tough re-election process, but Ted Cruz and Paul Ryan are going to come out relatively safe and untouched. The organization’s massive fundraising goals now rely on large amounts of donations that are less than $5000 due to the fact that they operate as traditional non-profit PCA.

The possibility of this plan being successful seems reasonable as the ECU has sheer numbers to back them with 3 million members. Polls suggest that stopping special interest money in politics is a top-priority concern for Americans which is an essential factor that works in favor of ECU. Muller plans on replicating the 2016 Nevada Senate race between Joe Heck and Catherine Cortez Masto. It was found that conventional messages didn’t garner enough support from independent and unaffiliated voters. However, reform related messages were well received by both parties and won Cortez Masto a significant amount of support. Muller stated that the committee plans on using all its resources to ensure that this is repeated in the 2018 elections.

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