Betsy DeVos Brings Joy Through Philanthropic Outreach

Betsy DeVos and Dick DeVos are almost dynastic in their impact on Michigan’s political scene. As two high-level GOP donors and prominent conservative advocates, the DeVos family has been put in the spotlight for their work. Betsy DeVos has amplified their spotlight after she was selected to serve as the Secretary of Education for President Donald Trump. Betsy DeVos may have garnered some scrutiny for her work as a donor and her goal of true education reformation, but a deep dive into her past proves that Betsy and Dick DeVos have been truly living their faith through their work in the world of philanthropy.


If you were to look at Betsy DeVos’s charitable outreach from 2015 alone you’d see that she gave out over $11.6 million dollars to philanthropic foundations. The DeVos family makes sure to post their philanthropic reports through their website and consistent perusal of the reports will show that they are giving truth to the power of their words. In fact, were you to comb through all of those reports, you’d find that the DeVos family has donated more than $1.3 billion dollars throughout their lives to philanthropic endeavors. This kind of charitable outreach is exceedingly rare in the world for obvious reasons but it really just amplifies what makes the DeVos family different.


Upon being selected as the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos was immediately put on a pedestal by her conservative colleagues. Coming into Washington D.C. with the reputation that she did mean that people were going to be expecting great things from her. With that being said, Betsy DeVos has proven time and again that she is more than ready to meet their needs. DeVos has dedicated her entire life to bringing about education reform at the state level and now she has a federal mandate to make it happen throughout the nation. Still, DeVos understands that we are living in dynamic and polarizing political times and that could spell trouble making her agenda a reality.


Despite how rocky the Trump Administration has been, due in large part to a divided Washington D.C., DeVos continues to march gamely forward toward making education reform a reality. DeVos proudly points to all of the hardworking teachers and administrators throughout the country who have been trying their best to keep education moving forward. DeVos wants to bring them assistance by making school choice a realistic option for educational facilities of every type.


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End Citizens United Hopes Ted Cruz Will Defeat Himself In The 2018 Midterms

It is rare for an incumbent Senator entering an election year to have such low ratings as those seen by Texas politician and former Presidential candidate, Ted Cruz.

The Senator, who won his seat with a grassroots-based campaign in 2010 aided by funding from the Tea Party has now been identified by End Citizens United as one of the leading politicians accepting funds from special interest groups and the billionaire class of political donor; in a race with a virtual unknown in the shape of Democrat Beto O’Rourke, Cruz has seen his lead in the polls cut to just eight percent.

End Citizens United may have only been in existence for three years but it has already formed a major sphere of influence across the Democratic Party and led the arrival of a new generation of liberal politicians making their way to Washington D.C. in the last few years. The main success End Citizens United was involved in was the election of Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama where former Federal Judge Roy Moore was the overwhelming favorite to move to Washington D.C.

The 2018 Midterms are a moment for End Citizens United to explore their skills and growing level of experience in campaigning and electioneering which includes a growing level of skill in getting across the message of campaign funding being a major issue to be addressed. End Citizens United conducted a series of polls to gain a better understanding of the election race between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke which showed Crus has a disapproval rating of 49 percent among Texan voters who are feeling he is not serving their needs ahead of those of special interest groups.

Beto O’Rourke has found himself struggling to get across his message of campaign financing reform with 61 percent of those polled reporting not knowing his political viewpoint. After the pledge made by Beto O’Rourke to the End Citizens United PAC was explained to voters during the poll the number of voters switching to the Democrat from the Republican grew by a large number. The initial poll about the Senate race showed the race had narrowed to just eight points with Cruz leading the battle for a seat in Washington D.C. After the position of O’Rourke was revealed regarding not taking funding from special interest groups the Democrat received a major boost to his polling numbers taking a lead of two points over the former candidate for the Presidency.

Betsy DeVos

In response to the move made by President Trump to rescind the federal policy that allows the use of school bathrooms by transgendered students that match their gender identities, Betsy DeVos met with members of the Education Department and gave her opinion that these guidelines set by former President Barack Obama were examples of the “administration’s overreach.”


Her reputation within Michigan politics has set DeVos as a political fighter in the minds of many, despite her having started in the political ring with little experience. Many who have worked alongside her or have crossed paths with DeVos cite her as being tenacious and eager to get her way, all while presenting the front of being “personable” and “plain-spoken” in conversation.


DeVos’s recent relocation to Washington came in the wake of little experience inside government and little history with the current president. While there, she has taken over the Education Department. In the past, DeVos has been an advocate of charter schools and school vouchers, historically having fought to direct tax dollars away from public schools, instead gearing them towards charter schools. She has also been known to favor tuition-reimbursement at private schools, including religious schools.


DeVos’s history in the education ring has shown her in support of schools that are run by for-profit companies and her experience has shown her to oppose the traditional forms of performance standards within these schools as well.


Since her relocation to Washington, she has been in the public eye due to her unsatisfactory answers during Senate confirmation hearings, however she was confirmed thanks to the tiebreaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence. In her new role, her first major act was to reach out to the heads of two major teachers’ unions.


The Betsy DeVos that many in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she previously resided, sits in stark contrast with the Betsy DeVos many have seen in the wake of her becoming a Trump official. Previously, the politician had been seen as generous, however now she is being heralded as “tone deaf” and “unprepared” in this new role she has undertaken.


Betsy DeVos is married to Dick DeVos, an unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate in Michigan and member of the family who co-founded Amway. The two have been known for their contributions to conservative religious and political causes in the past.


While their names have been associated with political support and donations for years, the couple has also made numerous generous donations to various charities over the years as well. Many records of these various donations can be seen on the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation website, however Forbes has placed the lifetime giving and donation of the extended DeVos family around $1.33 billion, which is estimated to be around a quarter of their family fortune.


With a history of support for educational reform and various other educational movements and institutions, it should come as little surprise that Betsy DeVos has now set her sights on education at the national level by taking on this new position. Learn more:

The Political Game-Changing Plan Envisioned by the End Citizens United

The End Citizens United is a Political Action Committee, founded in the United States in the year 2016. Its sole mandate was to spearhead reforms in the financial dockets of the Federal government and other Federal institutions like the Congress. It was formed in the wake of the Democratic Party primary nominations, with a keen interest to have the party field as many candidates as possible. The candidates would, upon winning, bring about these reforms.


How it managed to mobilize statewide donations


End Citizens United has reported that it was able to solicit the support of more than 136,000 contributors, who willfully and voluntarily donated to their causes, indicating an average donation standing at $14.86. The changes envisaged are to be brought about in the Congress through an amendment, which will seek to reverse the decision made by the American Supreme Court in the year 2010. Pundits have cited the decision by the Court in 2010 as having created a major loophole through which interest groups loot public resources and state coffers, and have the money channeled to politicians and their parties. End Citizens United was able to mobilize 325,000 citizens as signatories to the petition they intend to have legislated.


Meeting other crucial objectives


It is also in the interest of the End Citizens United to have the proposed laws trickle down to the legislative bodies of the State governments. Most of the precedents set by the Supreme Court have their direct effects on the fiscal policies at the level where people feel it the most, being undoubtedly the states. Nothing has been left to chance. The Democratic Party is fielding candidates in all these elective positions while on the other hand lobbying for the support of the End Citizens United as well as the House Committee on Finance.


Approximate collections made from the donations


The first three months of intensive and aggressive collection drives saw End Citizen United collect $4 million. By 2018, going by the projections and the positive reviews being received from the citizens, the organization will collect more than $35 million. It will be at a time the States will be entering into the midterm congressional elections, a perfect timing indeed, according to the USA Today.


What to expect from End Citizens United come 2018


The political action committee is doing an analysis on the likely races and the states they will show interest come 2018, in the congressional midterm elections. The analysis is according to the Deputy Director of Political Affairs at the End Citizens United, Muller. Democratic candidates who have already been assured of full support include Ohio’s Senator Sherrod Brown and Montana’s Jon Tester.