Politics

George Soros Said To Have Made a Triumphant Return to Politics and Business

The relationship between George Soros and U.S. politics has not been an easy one, Politico reports the Wall Street financial specialist is known as one of the biggest donors to Democratic candidates but also backs the End Citizens United campaign to reduce the influence of wealthy political donors. George Soros has been reported to have emerged during the 2016 U.S. Presidential election cycle as one of the most important and dedicated donors to the campaign for Hillary Clinton, which he is reported to have backed with a total donation reported to be around $25 million; although this may sound like a large amount of money to donate, but in 2004 George Soros provided around $27 million in funding for the campaign of Democrat John Kerry. Learn more on snopes.com about George.

There are a number of reasons why George Soros has decided to return to the political giving in 2016 that include both his friendship with Democrat Hillary Clinton and the antipathy the financial expert feels towards Donald Trump. As far back as the nomination cycle Soros was vocal in his anger towards Donald Trump and his fellow Republican Ted Cruz whose rhetoric Soros felt has the chance to do the work of ISIS for the terrorist group. The chance to bring equality to the most powerful position in the world is one Soros has remained committed to as he backed the campaign of Hillary Clinton in her quest for The White House, which comes amid a political friendship that has stretched over 25 years. The Hungarian born Wall Street expert has spent a large amount of time with Clinton in recent years as he assisted in preparing her policy choices as she prepared for the Presidential elections; Soros has gone so far as to admit he should have backed the former Secretary of State during the 2008 election cycle instead of throwing his weight behind the candidacy of former President Barrack Obama.

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Forbes reports George Soros has been in control of his own hedge fund since 1969 when he established the find that would eventually morph into the Soros Fund Management company that is now thought to be worth around $30 billion. Not only has Soros provided a number of impressive donations to the campaign of Hillary Clinton, but he has also given a large amount of funding to groups supporting the protection and advancement of voting rights for minority groups across the U.S. Among the donations made by George Soros in 2016 was a $3 million donation made to the Immigrant Voters Win PAC that fights for the rights of Hispanic and African American voters who face increasing regulations to prove their right to vote.

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Charles Koch Makes more Donations to George Mason University

Republican billionaire and donor Charles Koch, of Koch industries gave George Mason University about $48 million between 2011 and 2014. According to a Yahoo Finance report, the public school located outside Washington, DC has quietly grown to become a conservative bastion for economics and law. Tax records indicate that Charles Koch gives nearly $20 million a year to hundreds of schools in the US. In 2013, George Mason received a total of $44.6 million in fiscal contributions, a report by the Council for Aid to Education showed.

In 2014, Charles Koch foundation gave George Mason $16.8 million to fund the Institute for Humane Studies. The donation by the foundation amounted to 30% of all monies GMU received from private donors. In line with the Feb 31 donations, George Mason University also received $20 million from an anonymous donor to rename the university’s law school in honor of the late conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

It has become a fairly common practice for the ultra rich individuals to make contributions to schools, to support various research activities. Early this year, the co-founder of Nike, Inc, Phil Knight announced a $400 million scholarship to Stanford University. The continued support from Koch to GMU has attracted the ire of Democrats nationally, but Virginia Democrats are unperturbed. Koch’s new liking for GMU, founded in 1972 coincides with his growing focus on philanthropy.

Charles Koch, is an American entrepreneur, philanthropist and leading republican figure head. According to CharlesKochFoundation.org, Koch is also the board chairman and CEO of Koch Industries. The company employs over 100,000 employees globally, with 6% of them based in the US. The multi-faceted group is involved in fertilizer; chemicals and biofuels; commodity trading; technology; polymers and fibers; energy and electronic products and other sectors. Since 2003, Koch Industries has invested over $65 billion in acquisitions and capital expenditures.

The brands operated by the Koch industries include; the Dixie cups, Stainmaster carpet and Quilted Northern tissue. The success of the company can be traced to Koch’s interest and commitment to social and scientific progress. Over the years, Koch has done a lot to support academic and public research. This is evident in his numerous donations to organizations that focus on providing market based solutions to social problems. Koch holds a bachelor’s degree in general engineering and two master’s degrees in chemical engineering and the nuclear.

Charles Koch Op-ed High On Consciousness: A Mission To Demobilize Power Play In American Politics

Senator Bernie Sanders and one of America’s richest billionaires Charles Koch have finally agreed on a political point. Koch submitted a detailed op-ed to the leading news house, Washington Post sharing his deepest insight on American politics. Politico reported that Koch stressed how inequality has destroyed the nation. He’s not specifically apportioning blame to discredit the government or politicians as they’re not acting alone. Sanders somewhat understands the consequence of such actions, pointing out how the privileged continues to enjoy immunity. Meanwhile, citizens facing social and economic hardship continue to struggle. Charles Koch strongly argued that Republicans and Democrats contribute to this divergence. So, what problems has this caused? The poor has no avenue to elevate their life as they’re punished wickedly for any mistakes while the fortunate gets pardoned.

Largely, today’s progressive business community continue to influence these policies. Apparently, these mandates, regulations and handouts rule in the favor of well-connected, privileged Americans. The difference in opinion comes where Wall Street has contributed. Sanders openly apportioned blame to the policymakers and Wall Street as a whole. Meanwhile, Koch expands the scope to include a wider population, particularly the influential business industry. Income equality is an area that both synonymously highlighted recognizing how the wealthy pushes the poor deeper into poverty. It’s untoward that Sanders and Koch had this momentary insight knowing their history of opposing each other. In fact, Sanders has long opposed the Kochs for their sponsorship approach turning supporters against the group. He specifically argued that the group invest millions to alienate society against federal aid, social security, Medicare and other programs. The Kochs spent $889 million last October on policy and politics. While Sanders opinion calls to question the group’s aim, further investigation confirmed that their contributions fund scholarships, education programs, and research.

Forbes named Charles Koch the world’s twenty-ninth most influential profile. With an estimated net value of $41 billion, Charles co-owns Koch Industries where he also took up office asc0 chair and chief executive. He’s an MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) BA (Bachelor of Arts) and Master’s degree holder of the sciences. He’s humble to an extent, measuring up his literalist campaign to that of civil rights activists. Koch Industries primarily invested in chemicals and oil refining before David and Charles took over the business empire. Today, Koch Industries compete on multiple verticals, including consumer/forest products, pollution/process control technologies and equipment, ranching, fertilizers, fibers/polymers, commodity services/trading and minerals. The group manages prominent brands such as Quilted Northern, Lycra, and Stainmaster.

Besides running Koch Industries, Charles is an active supporter of educational organizations such as George Mason University, free-market oriented program, Mercatus and the IHS (Institute for Humane Studies). Additionally, the founded the organization, namely Koch Cultural Trust with Elizabeth, his business partner, and wife. The institute funds creative artists and projects. Charles continues to endorse libertarian factions, charities, and Republicans. As a prolific business mogul, he authored a book in 2007, “The Science of Success,” which shares Charles philosophical management strategies. In 2015, he published another inspirational book, “Good Profit.” Today, aspiring entrepreneurs look to Charles for mentorship and guidance.

This article recapped https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/charles-koch-this-is-the-one-issue-where-bernie-sanders-is-right/2016/02/18/cdd2c228-d5c1-11e5-be55-2cc3c1e4b76b_story.html

Koch Brothers At War With Trump

Charles and David Koch, collectively known as the Koch brothers, have stated that everything is on the table in terms of the 2016 Presidential election, including sitting out the election if the wrong candidate in the Republican party comes up.

For the Koch brothers, the wrong candidate is Donald Trump. The two sides have been continually escalating their arguments with one another in recent months with Trump stating that any candidate who takes the Koch’s money will be beholden to them and their puppets. Trump was actively trying to get their endorsement originally though, along with their campaign contributions, when they have continually distanced themselves from him. For one, the Koch brothers don’t like his anti-Muslim stance and secondly feel as if he doesn’t share the same ideals and concerns for the direction of the country as they do.

Charles Koch is surprised at the run that Trump has had to date and did not consider him to be a serious candidate in the election, only to be surprised by the campaign that he has run and its success. Now they are not only considering withholding their money from the election cycle, but also in spending some of that money towards targeting Trump in the hopes of getting other Republican’s nominated instead. This may infuriate some of Trump’s supporters who are also funding the Koch brothers super Pac’s and this is therefore still be deciding on, as they don’t want to alienate anyone and fear that this strategy will support Trump’s stance that he is acting out his role as an outsider in the election.

The Koch Brothers are descendants from Fred Koch who started Koch enterprises, Charles is now CEO, a diversified firm and have given significant amounts of money to candidates who support their beliefs included the smaller size of government and lower taxes. During the 2016 election cycle the Charles Koch has raised $900 million and sitting out the campaign would mean a significant shift in the campaign and its finances.

With the 2016 election cycle not going as planned and failures getting Mitt Romney elected in 2012 against Barack Obama, Charles Koch is publicly stating that they don’t feel as if their campaign contributions are providing them much of a return on their money, but still believe in the United States and in standing up for the constitutional ideals that they have, which namely circle around a free market perspective.

Rand Paul Is Not Afraid To Cause Some Trouble In The Republican Party If It Gets Him Votes

What does it take to win the Republican primary? Some of the candidates like to do the two-step around important issues so their campaigns can continue to receive donations that keep them in the race. Other candidates like Rand Paul take a different approach. Paul goes right for the gold ring by using his political position to filibuster and cause political havoc in Washington.

Most voters don’t know who Rand Paul is, but there’s no doubt they will know him before long. He’s the guy the other candidates will separate themselves from. He’s the guy that won’t win the Republican primary, but he will be noticed by American voters.

Paul makes statements that create party turmoil. He recently said GOP Hawks actually created ISIS when they sent weapons to the Gulf. He also said his political foes want another terrorist attack so they can blame it on him. Those comments don’t win friends or raise GOP money, but paul doesn’t care. He knows the race to the White House is a long one. Paul knows deep down that 2016 is not his year to win, but it is his year to shine.

Santorum Holds Tight to His Rights

Presidential races are filled with crucial times for candidates to meet the American people where they’re at. Even though it is usually easy to understand where a person or a group of people might be coming from, it is even harder on a national scale. This was the case this past weekend when presidential hopeful Rick Santorum gave his traditional views on thelegalization of same-sex marriage. Even though most of America is moving toward a more progressive view on same-sex marriage, Santorum holds onto his views. Santorum is a strong believer in his faith and mentioned that not only is he against same-sex marriage, but if the Supreme Court passes it into law, that he will fight it tooth and nail. Keith Mann (linkedin.com) notes that this comes at a time where over 60 percent of the American population believes in the legalization of same-sex marriage. Supreme Court will be voting on the law in the next few weeks and many political analysts contest that the Court will pass the legalization. Santorum has encouraged the Executive Branch and Legislative Branch of the government to counterattack this law if it is passed. The former governor even boasted of previously implementing a law that went against a law that Congress passed in previous years. It is important to note that Santorum is in no way encouraging the American people to completely disobey the law. Instead, he is encouraging them to use the political tools that they have and the appropriate politicians to fight the law and make it right in their eyes.

Congress Doesn’t Represent The People

Professors From Princeton University And Northwestern University Found That Public Opinion And What Congress Does Are Completely Different

Congress is not for the people. Our lawmakers don’t care about public opinion when it comes time to pass laws. All they care about is their political agendas. Those agendas are having a devastating impact on the democratic system. Professor Martin Gilens from Princeton and Benjamin I. Page from Northwestern studied data from 2,000 public opinion surveys and matched them with policies that became law. The result was what everybody suspected. The laws that Congress passed did not resemble what the people wanted unless the people involved had political influence and a lot of money.

Congress is the slave of big money interests. Over the last five years, 200 major corporations spent $5.8 billion to sway the votes of politicians. In return, these corporations got $4.4 trillion in tax support, and they got laws passed that benefited them and hurt the rest of us. Jason Halpern doesn’t like how this works, and several on The Real Deal have also voiced their displeasure at times.

Our political system is legal corruption. Billionaires like the Koch brothers run the country, and we unknowingly support them through the action of Congressman. The people are puppets of a distorted democracy that worships profits and punishes the middle class. The poor are invisible and expendable to these ego-driven capitalists and they are destroying this free nation. Congressmen have two priorities. One is to win elections, and the second is to pass laws that suppress freedom.

Senator Bernie Sanders and House Democrats Launch Two-Prong Assault on Obama’s Trade Treaty

President Obama’s trade headaches will likely throb even harder following a two-prong assault by his party on his landmark trade treaty, the Trans Pacific Partnership. In the Senate, Bernie Sanders, age 73, cold-cocked the bill seeking to grant the president trade promotion authority (TPA). The Democrat presidential hopeful invoked a little used senate rule to stymie a vote by the Senate Finance Committee to advance TPA to a committee vote. It is unclear how long Sanders’ administrative obstacle will delay the vote, but for now the bill will not advance. Bernie Sanders wants to compel Japan to desist from further currency manipulation in order to allow US automakers a level playing field.

Meanwhile in the House of Representatives, Democrats used a procedural maneuver to delay TPA from advancing in the House Ways and Means Committee. Rep. Sander Levin (D) of Michigan offered up a Democrat alternative TPA bill. This will force the committee to examine that bill before it can decide on a final bill. Folks at Boraie Development (blog.nj.com) know that the Levin bill would grant President Obama fast-track authority, but he could only exercise the authority after verifying to Congress that key provisions for labor unions, worker safety, and domestic wages were protected. The president would also have to prove that markets will open to US auto makers in tangible ways most TPP nations refuse to accept. This likely means banning currency manipulation. The Democrat bill stands no chance of passage. However, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi hopes that elements of the Levin bill can get incorporated into the GOP’s TPA bill and result in a bipartisan solution.

As GOP Presidential Hopefuls Flock to South Carolina, Bush Heads to Virginia to Court Evangelicals

Jim Dondero reports that after Mitt Romney lost the 2012 presidential election, pundits immediately cited his poor showing amongst Blacks, Hispanics, and single women as the reason why he lost the election. It wasn’t until several months had passed that detailed exist polls and voting records revealed that Romney lost the election because four million evangelical voters in key battleground states decided to stay at home rather than vote for a Mormon. Had Romney succeeded at securing the evangelical vote as John McCain had done in 2008, he would be president.

So it is no surprise that Jeb Bush, a convert to Roman Catholicism, another branch of Christianity equally distrusted by evangelicals, is not taking anything for granted. While other GOP presidential contenders are flocking to South Carolina to court the Christian Right, Bush will be giving the commencement address at Virginia’s Liberty University, an institution founded by televangelist Jerry Falwell in 1971. Bush will seek to assuage concerns among evangelicals in regards to his social conservatism. He will also seek to convince the party’s base that another Bush presidency can be embraced rather than eschewed.

Bush can expect to find some support among evangelicals because the party’s religious right highly esteems George W. Bush’s compassionate conservatism agenda including his faith-based initiatives. At the same time, Jeb Bush supports the common core curriculum which evangelicals see as another step by the federal government to impose godlessness into the school system.

Clinton Family Foundation Donations Increased Odds of Winning Prestigious State Department Award

While there is no evidence yet of foul play, it is undeniable that companies making direct contributions to the Clinton Family Foundation stood a 3 in 5 chance of getting nominated for a prestigious State Department award. Once nominated, the companies stood a 3 in 4 chance of winning the award. This was the case back in 2010 while Mrs. Clinton was the Secretary of State. It certain appears to be the same type of behavior the Clintons exhibited during their days in the White House in the 1990s. The family was known to schedule overnight stays in the Lincoln bedroom of the White House to generous donors.

It is not clear how much money every award winning company donated to the Clinton family foundation. However, it is estimated that Cisco Systems, a major Silicon Valley tech company, donated between $1 million and $5 million to the foundation before getting nominated and ultimately winning the award. Beverage giant Coca-Cola donated the most prior to winning their award at upwards of $10 million. Mars Inc. may have donated as little as $25,000 prior to winning their award.

Fersen Lambranho feels it certainly seems that Mrs. Clinton’s baggage from her questionable White Water real estate deals continue to surface. Clinton has yet to resolve her private email issues while at the State Department. This news of questionable practices regarding her charitable foundation along with the sheer lack of money that actually went to support charitable causes may present problems for her on the campaign trail.