Betsy DeVos is the wife of former Amway CEO Dick DeVos. Over the years Betsy has had a long and successful career in business. She has also been very well known for her activities in charitable causes. On a regular basis, Betsy makes donations to a number of causes pertaining to education, the arts and the promotion of conservative values. When it comes to her accomplishments in business, Betsy has been involved with the companies the Windquest Group and Neurocare. These companies have been among the best in their respective industries. As of today, Betsy is the current secretary of education under the administration of President Donald Trump.

One of the things that Betsy has been quite active in is education. During her lifetime, she has looked to promote the value of school vouchers and school choice for everyone. She believes that the education system needs improvement and that it is only fair to allow parents and students to choose the school they want to be a part of. As a result, Betsy has pushed for giving parents and students a school choice. This program would allow them to choose a school that they believe is best suited to the students’ needs. With school choice, students will likely get a better quality education as a result. Another thing that Betsy has looked to promote is vouchers where people can attend private school with the assistance of public money. This will also be instrumental in allowing students to enhance the overall quality of their educational experience.

Another thing that Betsy Devos has been quite active in with her charity work is the arts. She regularly makes donations to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This organization holds a number of events to entertain the public. Like many other organizations, it needs funding and Betsy has helped it raise capital. While some of the contributions Betsy makes provide the organization with money needed to hold events, it is also used to educate and train the management of the arts organization. Part of the training helps the managers find the most effective ways to raise capital. With the help of Betsy, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has been able to meet and surpass their fundraising goals on a consistent basis.

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In terms of her business experience, Betsy has been a part of the Windquest Group. At this company, she has been the chairwoman. The company invests in a number of industries such as technology, manufacturing and clean energy. The company was founded in the year 1989 and has maintained its status as a leader in providing capital for companies in these industries. She is also one of the chief investors and board members of Neurocare. This company specializes in providing biofeedback therapy for a number of mental disorders such as depression, autism, anxiety and attention deficit disorder. Check this article from New York Post.

In fundraising data released to USA Today, political action committee End Citizens United has raised over $4 million during the first quarter of 2017. This puts the liberal PAC on track to raise a projected $35 million preceding the midterm elections in 2018, in which all House seats will be up for grabs. Their plans for that money are to support campaign finance reform and unseat and defeat pro-Trump candidates.

 

 

End Citizens United achieved this fundraising feat in the wake of the presidential election, which politicized many individuals who had not previously participated in the electoral process. The PAC’s grassroots origins have served them well again after great fundraising success and engagement in 2016; their average contribution in 2017 so far was only $12, according to a tweet from the group on April 11. A significant number of donors gave money for the first time.

 

 

The progressive group is already putting these donations to good use, giving $500,000 to the campaign of Democrat senate hopeful Jon Ossoff and endorsing the first-time candidate. One of Ossoff’s main campaign promises listed on his campaigin website, ElectJon.Com, is to fight corruption, a goal the Georgia congressional candidate shares with End Citizens United. Already experienced in exposing political corruption and other high-end crime in his work as an anti-corruption investigator and CEO, Ossoff fits hand in glove with End Citizens United’s core philosophy.

 

 

The controversial administration of President Donald Trump has presented an interesting opportunity for many progressive and liberal candidates. Trump has proved a divisive figure among Republicans and a uniting force for those on the left side of the political spectrum. Groups like End Citizens United understandably hope to exploit the unity of the left and the chaos in the GOP to gain as many seats as possible in 2018.

 

 

Given the growing wave of dissatisfaction with the Trump administration and its congressional supporters among progressives, End Citizens United’s projected $35 million, and winning congressional seats, is hardly a long shot. Though the midterms are still almost two years away, potential candidates, not to mention voters, are already preparing for the battle of a lifetime. Candidates willing to fight corporate corruption of the political process can hope for a little extra support from the PAC in 2018. The anti-Trump movement will definitely need as much help as it can get as battles wage in already divided districts.