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End Citizens United Has Managed To Access Its Supporters05.16.17

End Citizens United is coming out with innovative ways to reach its supporters. One of these is through online ads. This is the reason why End Citizens United is among the highest spending groups during the Elections in 2016. End Citizens United was among the top ones during the Senate races in Hampshire, Nevada, as well as Missouri besides North Carolina. This is because it needs to reach its persuadable voters. Hence End Citizens United required an advertising strategy which had the potential to grab attention. Mothership Strategies had to step in to create an advertising plan that was data driven. This way End Citizens United has been able to play an effective role in this highly competitive race in America.

 

 

Before the Election Day, over 26 million of voters had watched the online ad of End Citizens United. These voters were all across 6 states. Hence the strategy worked as it was able to reach the targeted voting audiences. This was across screens and other similar devices. End Citizens United was able to make history this way. In fact, this led to Catherine Cortez Masto becoming the first Latina who got elected to U.S. Senate. She has won from Nevada.

 

 

Even Maggie Hassan was able to win against Kelly Ayotte in New Hampshire with the help of End Citizens United. Basically, the guesswork was removed, and voters were engaged in all these states by End Citizens United. All this required better targeting along with innovative placements. Content has been created here while keeping the digital media in focus. Hence it is moving beyond the television model and grabbing the attention of the voter. This means delivering messages that are impactful.

 

 

In fact, Mothership Strategies has been so successful that End Citizens United has raised over $600,000 for its candidates. When candidates are totally committed, they work towards finance reform that is meaningful.

 

 

Mothership Strategies has also helped End Citizens United launch the Fight For Reforms. This is a state-level kind of project that is working towards meaningful finance reform which has to be done at a local level. This kind of support of End Citizens United has ensured that 2 States passed ballot initiatives regarding finance.

 

 

In 16 months, End Citizens United created an impact at the local level and at the federal level too. This way a deeper and wider coalition of its activists was brought together to work towards a meaningful finance reform. Mothership Strategies has helped out as the digital partner.

 

 

This indicates that End Citizens United has used technology in a big way in order to reach their target audience as it was impossible to manage this kind of reach and create an impact in any other way.

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George Soros fighting back against discriminating Policy01.12.17

George Soros has become known as one of the top liberal donors, dedicated to judicial system reform. His most recent target was Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who works for Maricopa County. Soros spent $2 million trying to unseat him in the recent election. George Soros launched a PAC, ‘Maricopa Strong’ which has gained contributions from several big name liberals including Texas billionaires Laura and John Arnold, who has given $500,000 and also widow of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Powell Jobs, who handed Maricopa Strong $250,000, in hopes of reforming the justice system.

George Soros has spent millions since 2015, funding campaigns across the country to elect new local prosecutors who are aligned with causes supported by Soros and his PACs. George Soros funded groups are furiously spending millions in three district attorney races in Texas and Colorado. George Soros has contributed $1 million to a local race in Harris County in Houston an Soros has given at least $1.5 million in Phoenix’s Maricopa County.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been labeled and seen as a villain to the Democrats. George Soros’ contribution against Sheriff Arpaio, is his first against a sheriff. Maricopa Strong has spent almost $3 million in TV ads and mailers promoting Democratic candidate Paul Penzone, while also slamming Arpaio on numerous issues. One ad claims rapes and assaults have gone on without proper investigation.

Soros associates say he has strongly invested in defeating Sheriff Joe Arpaio for two reasons. First, Sheriff Arpaio has violated civil rights and abused his office. Second, his influence on the country’s conversation on Biography about immigration has poisoned the country.

Soros’s PAC on Time previously attempted to oust Sheriff Arpaio in 2012 but was unsuccessful, which only caused George Soros to contribute even more and bring a stronger message. Soros advisers say he will continue his financial support of candidates who share his same values, as long as the justice system is not fairly serving all people. Source: http://www.nytimes.com/topic/person/george-soros

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Koch’s Views on Economic Inequality03.03.16

Every aspect of a given state will run smoothly if its economy is strong and stable. However, economic inequality usually compromises fairness that is supposed to be exercised by political institutions. In addition, the wealthier people acquire the power to control others since they influence most of the decisions made by the elected officials.

Economic Inequality

In one of his Washington Post op-ed, Koch ascertained that he and Bernie Sanders share a common belief. Koch points out to mandates, laws, regulation, and subsidies that politicians issue out to the well-connected and wealthy individual. He observed that at least $1.5 trillion is spent on exemptions and to address the needs of special interest group. Each year a total of $1.9 trillion is spent by established businesses to put in place and strengthen anti-competitive rules.

Victim of circumstances

Small businesses, new investors, and the poor feel the weight of the regulatory burden. The benefit goes to established firms since they are likely to enjoy maximum sales and immense profit when the regulations are in operation. Additionally, new entrants are indirectly penalized.

Widening gap between the rich and the poor

Koch noted that tax exemptions have a tendency of benefiting large companies and wealthy individuals. On average these individual pays lower tax rate compared to the Middle-class Americans. According to Koch, this has resulted in the increased gap between the rich and the poor.

Background information on Charles Koch

Charles Koch is an established businessperson and an active humanitarian. He is the co-owner and CEO of Koch Industries. He also chairs the board of Koch Industries. Together with his brother David H. Koch, they expanded the business to an influential and respected level. Koch Industries specialize in the manufacture of forest and consumer produce, pollution control equipment, minerals, commodity, and fertilizers. Charles Koch is a talented writer; he published a book to describe his management style and philosophy in 2007.

Brief History, academic qualification, and career

Koch was born and raised in Wichita Kansas. He has four brothers, and his parents are Mary and Fred Chase Koch. He holds a degree in General engineering and two master’s degree, one in mechanical engineering and the second one in chemical engineering. He has served as the director of both Entrust Financial Corp and Koch Industries from 1982 up to now. Philanthropically, most of his projects are educational, policy, and research oriented. He has sponsored efforts to young entrepreneurs and financed research projects for economists like Friedrich Hayek and James Buchanan.

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George Soros’ Take on Europe’s Refugee Crisis12.02.15

“In addition to protecting our national interests, we must take the leadership in protecting the common interests of humanity.” – George Soros

George Soros needs no introduction. Born in Hungary in 1930, escaped to England in 1947 where he received his university education and worked for a while before moving to New York in 1956, Soros is a household name in the world of business, philanthropy and political activism(1). Perhaps not surprising for a man born In Hungary, Soros is among few American billionaires who take keen interest in events occurring in Europe. In 2014 he came out strongly against Putin’s intervention in Ukraine when the EU and the US were still at a loss on how to respond to the Ukraine crisis (2).
If the Ukraine crisis was the biggest crisis to face EU in 2014, the refugee crisis is the biggest on in 2015. Fleeing from conflict and poverty in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Eritrea, hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers have found their way to Europe in search of peace and a better life. Like in the Ukrainian crisis, EU leaders have been slow to respond to this crisis. As his article which can be read on Market Watch shows (3), Soros is not short of ideas on how to solve this refugee crisis which he believes has been allowed to develop into a serious problem thanks to a lack of a comprehensive unified plan from EU leaders.
Soros’ first step in solving this crisis is for the EU to accept 1 million refugees every year until the problem is solved. The refugees should be shared fairly among all the EU states and given adequate financial support funded through selling of long term bonds.
Soros also urges the EU to take leadership in global efforts to fund states that neighbor Syria where the bulk of the refugees come from. To Soros, it is not just a matter of giving Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon money; EU should help these countries develop thriving economies through trade and investment. Such economies would then have adequate jobs for both the refugees and the locals thus eliminating the need to immigrate to Europe.
Additionally, he proposes setting up of one EU Border Guard and Asylum and Migration Agency. Such an agency, enforcing common procedures and rules pertaining to employment and benefits of refugees, will not only be cheaper but also more efficient than the current 28 such agencies run by different countries.
Other proposals include working in conjunction with the UN Refugee Agency to set up processing centres in countries like Turkey so that successful applicants can safely be transported to Europe instead of making dangerous journeys on their own and mobilizing the private sector to help EU in getting the required funding and human capacity needed for successful integration of the refugees in European societies.
Soros doesn’t pretend to know it all but as his political activism and philanthropy shows, he believes that to whom much is given much is expected. His proposals on how to solve the refugee crisis in Europe as discussed above is his way of serving humanity through lending his prestige and influence to a just cause.
References

  1. http://www.investopedia.com/university/greatest/georgesoros.asp?header_alt=b
  2. http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2014/nov/20/wake-up-europe/

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/george-soros-heres-my-plan-to-solve-the-asylum-chaos-2015-09-29

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