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 wikipedia.org 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.

Learn more about End Citizens United: http://fightforreform.org/

Entrepreneurs Being Led To Success By Marc Sparks

 

Marc Sparks’ road to success and recognition as a serial entrepreneur is not the typical story we have come to expect. Graduating high school in 1975 with a C+ average, life experience became his teacher. His book “They Can’t Eat You: My Unorthodox Path To Outrageous Success” tells of some of the life experiences, both good and bad, that laid the foundation for his success. Although Marc Sparks had no formal training, his more than 40 years of experience has positioned him to lend his expertise to others in both business and philanthropic endeavors.

 

 

 

Marc Sparks graduated high school in Austin, Texas and now the principal in his private equity firm Timber Creek Capital, LP in Dallas, Texas. He started a software company and sold over $200 million worth of product a year. He says, however, it was more educational to share that he started an insurance holding company in his back bedroom, built it to nearly a billion dollar market cap and lost it all in a 90 day period. This type of experience allowed him to establish the business model and company culture and develop the short term goals and long range plan for business success. Marc Sparks says to be rich to him is having great health, a healthy family, good friends, building successful business from scratch, having hundreds of happy staff members and thousands of happy customers.

 

 

 

Instead of the traditional path to success, such as college, an internship or starter position at a well known firm or corporation and working his way into a leadership role, Marc Sparks garnered his experience from dozens of successful business startups. At Timber Creek Capital, he now helps other entrepreneurs develop their startups through mentoring, advice and funding from various investors. He has acquired a spacious facility to assist passionate, promising entrepreneurs in turning their business ideas and dreams into income producing products and services. Timber Creek Capital provides office space, equipment and a platform for sharing ideas and networking. As a venture capitalist, Mark Sparks started Spark Tank and nurtures 3 startups at a time by offering support staff, marketing, banking advice customer service, accounting, web development and graphic arts. In Sparks Tank, Marc Sparks hopes to promote his keys to running a successful organization; faith, tenacity, passion and a culture of urgency or “Sparks Speed.”

 

 

 

Marc Sparks is of great value to the Dallas, Texas community not only because of his roles as a business leader and mentor to other entrepreneurs, but also for his philanthropy. His effort to support and empower underprivileged youth, he established Sparky’s Kids to help them continue their education. Through this endeavor, the American Can Academy received a donation of one thousand computer for distribution to economically disadvantaged families. He has also supported Samaritan Inn, a homeless shelter that houses 160 people a day, for the past 20 years. Through his businesses, his writing and his attempts to live up to the responsibilities God has entrusted him with, Marc Sparks has helped thousands. Marc Sparks believes that working together and helping one another will make the world a better place. Learn more: https://www.amazon.com/They-Cant-Eat-Marc-Sparks/dp/0990495000