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Betsy DeVos And The Government’s Use Of Neutral Funds For Educations

Betsy DeVos looks back through the decades to pinpoint a time when she was convinced that school choice was the way forward for America. She and her husband, both wealthy philanthropists from Michigan, visited the Potter’s House Christian School in their home state. The school was serving low-income families from the poorer, urban areas of the state. It was then that she knew that this would serve the rest of the country well.


She then began her career in local politics. She gained a reputation for being incredibly strong and intimidating. Betsy DeVos helped Michigan pass its first tax credit and voucher law back in 1993, and the current Secretary of Education even tried to change the state constitution to allow for tax credits and vouchers in education.


These tax credits and vouchers are designed to allow families to choose their child’s educational path. Federal, state and local governments would issue these tax credits and vouchers to each family to allow them to apply the monies to the schools of their choice. This would allow American families to give government money to religious schools. And that’s what opponents of Betsy DeVos are attacking.


They say that it violates the separation of church and state, but Betsy DeVos believes the money is being used neutrally. She says that the money is given to the families and that they decide what happens to it. The government does not decide.


So far, she’s been moderately successful as the representative of education in the Trump Administration. Over 40,000 new students have been able to access the tax credit and voucher system over the last year. The programs have extended to hundreds of thousands of students in 17 states. And she continues to promote her ideas by visiting charter schools all over the country including Pit Bull’s in Miami.


It is difficult to see how she has become so successful. She has been near clueless in regards to the media during her short time in the administration. But that all seems to be by design as she promotes her agenda while flying under the radar. After all, she has a reputation for being a strong politician on the local level. It can only be concluded that she wants to stay out of the limelight while the Trump Administration is embroiled in controversy so that she can promote her tax credit and voucher agenda without media interference.


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END CITIZENS UNITED Fair Election Vigilantes!

A political action committee and nonprofit, End Citizens United is an organization working to reverse the US Supreme Court 2010 Decision in Citizens United v Federal Election Commission. The case was argued on March 24, 2009, and conveyed in court due to the non-profit End Citizens United wanting to air a film about Hilary Clinton and wanting to advertise the film during television broadcast which was a violation of the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act which regulates the financing of political campaigns. The United States District Court for the District of Columbia prohibited Citizens United from advertising the film named “Hillary: The Movie” in broadcasts or paying to have it broadcasted on shows for thirty days of the 2008 Democratic Primaries.

By the end of the case, the supreme court changed its decision and voided the provisions of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act which kept corporations and nonprofits from interfering with electioneering communications. Although they reversed their decision, the court ordered that it be required of companies and nonprofits to disclose to the public by sponsors of advertisements. The case did not, however, disband or involve the federal ban on direct contributions from corporations or unions to candidates in campaigns or other political parties. The ability for corporations to influence candidates is still illegal, but now it is legal for corporations and nonprofits to change the public opinion of candidates with media and other measures of a broadcast.

End Citizens United is now focused on taking big money out of politics with the goal to elect “campaign-finance reform champions” or candidates who will not be able to be bought away from being loyal to the American public. They run independent fund rases to contribute to congressional candidates who meet their criteria which they would help fund. The nonprofit was funded in 2015, operating during its first election term during 2016 raising more than 25 million USD in funding.

Being one of the most successful grassroots donor-funded political action committee in America, End Citizens United has been unbeaten in all of their endeavors combating sizeable political funding groups which illegitimate fair elections. Many companies have been stopped by the nonprofit from funding civic projects and elections for their ulterior motives. In today’s society, votes can sway in the direction of the money, and the never-ending fight for fair elections in America, End Citizens United is the Vigilantes of big money election persuasion.

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Andrea McWilliams Makes a Difference In Texas Politics

Andrea McWilliams is a passionate and skilled lobbyist and political fundraiser who has been featured on several major news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNN, NPR and BBC. She is also a political commentator and has been called a consigliere to the powerful and political” by the Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce. In 2017, McWilliams was the only lobbyist to be profiled with the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the House in the POWER issue of Texas Monthly.

Andrea McWilliams has also received the Profiles in Power award from the Austin Business Journal and was named the 2016 Texas Businesswoman of the Year by the Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce. She also received the Woman of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of Central Texas the the Austin Under 40 Award, and was honored with the Style Setter award by Austin Fashion Week. She has also made the All Star list for the Austin American Statesman Fortunate 500 several times.

McWilliams has the impressive distinction of becoming Chief of Staff at just 21 years of age, and has since worked to improve her grassroots and private sector skills. She previously worked with PR firm Public Strategies, Inc. and is not the cofounder of McWilliams, a full service firm for political clients that she runs with her husband Dean.

Andrea McWilliams was raised just minutes from Congress Avenue where the Texas Capitol is located, and now lives in Old Enfield with her husband and three children. She is a well-known philanthropist and volunteers in her community.