Most people know Betsy DeVos as a billionaire and the Secretary of Education for the United States. Others know her as a businesswoman who has done a lot for the state of Michigan and the city of Grand Rapids. Her husband, Dick DeVos, is also a billionaire who has worked to improve the state of Michigan and the United States, as a whole, for many years. What the average American doesn’t know about Betsy DeVos is that she is also a reformer who has been fighting for their educational rights for many years. It is her hope that one day every American family will be able to send their children to a school of their choosing without having to break the bank to do it.
In the U.S.A., public schools are where most children receive their education, but it doesn’t have to be this way. There are many private schools, charter schools, and even options for homeschooling children in the country, but many of these tend to cost more than most people can afford. Betsy DeVos has been working behind the scenes for many years to pass legislation that would allow public funds to pay for the tuition of private and charter schools for young Americans. This is called educational choice, and, believe it or not, this concept used to seem radical to many people.
Betsy DeVos attended a private high school when she was younger, and she also grew up in Holland, Michigan, which is a Dutch community. The people there were strong believers in educational choice, and these beliefs rubbed off on Mrs. DeVos. After graduating from high school, she attended a private Christian college by the name of Calvin College and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in business economics while there. She became very involved with the politics on the campus, and her interest in politics continued after she graduated. She ended up serving as the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party for 6 years and also supported her husband when he ran to be the governor of the state.
Betsy DeVos has never stopped fighting for educational choice and is known for her ability to cross over political party lines and other social boundaries to make allies that will join her. She recently made a surprise appearance with the rapper Pitbull in Florida at one of the many charter schools he has started up. She also went on a tour of other schools in Florida and was joined by Queen Rania of Jordan and Melania Trump. As a conservative Christian, many people were surprised when she was seen with Pitbull, but she knows that she is doing the right thing because, in the end, it is all about supporting the education freedoms of the people of the U.S.A.
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In late 2015 a political action committee (PAC) was formed to address campaign finance reform. The PAC, called End Citizens United, planned to support Democratic candidates in key races across the nation who had pledged to this type of reform in their campaign promises. In the first month alone it gathered over $2 million in donations from grassroots supporters and expected to raise $25 million to $30 million overall during the 2016 presidential election cycle.
End Citizens United is an organization that seeks to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision which resulted in political campaigns becoming awash in money given by corporations and rich people who seek to have politicians elected will benefit them in office. The 2010 decision was that corporations are people and any restraint on their ability to give money to political campaigns was an unconstitutional restraint on their right to free speech. The end result that End Citizens United seeks is a constitutional amendment that reverses that decision and once again puts sensible restraints on what any one entity can give to a politician’s campaign.
The way that End Citizens United operates to overturn the Supreme Courts decision is different than other similar groups. They recognize that in order to achieve their mission they need to help elect politicians who agree with what they are trying to accomplish. A constitutional amendment faces high hurdles as it must be passed by both the Senate and Congress by a large percentage of representatives as well as being ratified by 75% of states which is why End Citizens United focuses its efforts on politicians who want to pass this legislation.
While End Citizens United did raise $25 million in the 2016 election cycle, they are on pace to surpass that amount for the 2018 midterm elections. In the first three months of 2017, they had already raised over $4 million. They are expecting to raise $35 million in all for the midterms which will be a huge increase over what they achieved in the last election cycle.
So far more than 100,000 small donors have contributed to End Citizens United. The average amount of money donated is about $12 and comes in from regular citizens across the United States. People have begun to recognize that the entire system is stacked against them and in favor of those who have huge sums of money. Corporation and wealthy people have taken over politics and it’s only what they want that gets addressed anymore.
Another factor that is bringing in donations is the reaction to Donald Trump being elected President. People are rightly furious that he won and his agenda which is to benefit rich people at the expense of everyone else.