The Inspirational Life of George Soros

If there is one thing that George Soros is not afraid of is expressing his ideas. This has propelled him to speak for the oppressed people in the society and the groups that have been marginalized for being different. He supports same-sex marriage, he speaks against the discrimination of drug users and the marginalization of sex workers. As for George Soros, his philanthropic efforts can be felt across the globe. He has supported democracies in many nations such as Burma, Kenya, Venezuela, Bolivia, Columbia, South Africa and Ukraine. In the past, he has asked the European Union to impose sanctions on Russia for invading Ukraine. He has also pleaded with the International Monetary Finds on behalf of Ukraine about lending the country some development funds. Soros believed that if Ukraine was to receive funding from IMF, the country would stand a chance to attract foreign investors into the country. In all these endeavors, he has succeeded in some. Soros has written numerous articles related to politics, economy and world policies and these writings have been referenced by many scholars. A recent article revealed that since Soros started making donations, he has used over $12 billion of his money. Learn more about his profile at forbes.com

Through the Open Society Foundation, George Soros has managed to change several things in the society. Among the places that he has recorded significant success include promoting equality and justice, advocating for accountable governments and freedom of expression. As for the United States, George Soros is currently involved in transforming three areas that include criminal justice reform and religious tolerance. He has also committed his resources to realizing immigration reforms in the United States of America. Despite being born in a Nazi-occupied Budapest, George Soros managed to immigrate to London where he took odd jobs to survive. For instance, Soros says that he once worked as a tout and as a waiter in London. Later on, he would join the prestigious London School of Economics where he would excel in the field of finance.

He lived in the United Kingdom for a decade as he decided to try his luck in the US in the year 1956. Due to his skills in finance, George Soros did not struggle to find a job at Wall Street. He worked in these companies until 1970 when he founded the Soros Fund hedge fund. This is a venture that proved to be successful earning him billions of money. He started with money from venture capitalists, and he did not disappoint. Among the companies that gave him financial experience include F.M. Mayer, Wertheim and Co as well as Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder. Other institutions that Soros worked for include Singer and Friedlander and the Soros Fund Management. Despite being 86 years, Soros is still active in his businesses. Read more on NYTimes.com

End Citizens United and its Mission to Sanitize the American’s Election

The ruling by the Supreme Court in 2010 completely changed the election landscape in the American history. According to the Supreme Court judges, corporate are people. This ruling has opened up a number of complications including accountability and transparency issues with lots of untraceable money entering America’s election. This, however, is bound to change thanks to organizations such as End Citizens United.

 

Founded on 1st March 2015, End Citizen United is a Political Action Committee financed by the American people. This organization is cut out to counter the corruption that infested American election finance system by battling big money in politics and additionally electing campaign finance champions who will help pass the state ballot measures.

 

Well for some this may look like a far-fetched dream, however, if the recent reports are anything to go by the future is bright for the Americans. According to USATODAY’s publications, End Citizen United is doing a tremendous work in driving out the big chunks of money out of politics. For the past quarter of the year, the organization has so far raised more than $4 million and projects to raise over $35 million before the 2018 Congress elections. Compared to last year financial statistics, this will be an increase from the $25 million the organization raised for the 2016 elections.

 

According to Tiffany Muller, the PAC’s President and Executive Director, the average contribution to the group this year is $12. The group’s maximum donation from an individual donor is pegged at $5,000. This is in an effort to say and act on their commitment to driving out the huge amounts of money flooding the American politics.

 

This doesn’t stop here, upon collecting enough money, PAC channels its resources by collaborating with other organization and individuals to help promote its ideologies. One such individual is Democrat Jon Ossoff, a first-time political candidate in Georgia. Thanks to the organization and its supporters, Ossoff 30 years of age has amazed most people by raising the more than $4 million to fill in the Republican House seat in suburban Atlanta that felt vacant after the appointment of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

 

Even with the appreciation that unlimited money is bad money for the political environment, End Citizen United’s quest does not stop at merely controlling the amounts of money used in politics but also influencing the policies behind it through supporting like-minded candidates. Though the group is yet to decide on the course to take come 2018, the chances are that it will play a role in defending Democratic Senators Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Jon Tester of Montana and continue spreading its message about the influence of money in politics.