Betsy DeVos Gives Idaho School The Blue Ribbon Schools Award

Education secretary Betsy DeVos has the political battle scars to prove she likes a good fight. Some of her opponents say it’s in her genetic makeup to fight and be feisty and focused on a mission few would attempt. Jumping on board the Trump wagon was a sudden jolt of reality for the entitled DeVos family member. The Senate didn’t want to confirm her even though she was the pride of the Republican Party in Michigan. Rising through the Republican ranks was always on Betsy’s bucket list. She and husband Dick took the Republican Party in Michigan by the short hairs and molded it in her image.

 

 

She got the Secretary of Education nod when Trump needed a woman who was able to go ten rounds with any politician in town. But when 60 Minutes came calling, Betsy showed the country what molding the education system into clones for her Michigan for-profit school system would look like. And according to some of her political opponents, she dropped the ball. The DeVos haters said the 60 Minutes interview was the defining moment in her free secretary of education service so far.

 

 

But Betsy has a lot of supporters. Betsy is a 21st-century down-to-business kind of woman. She has more money than she could ever spend, so she doesn’t take a salary from the government. And she has the uncanny ability to tell it like is. She is a political evangelical ball of fire even husband Dick can’t put out. Dick is her biggest supporter, and that support comes with a very fat wallet. But Betsy has her own Prince family money. Her dad was a successful automotive executive.

 

 

The good news is, the media is not trying to squeeze another story out of her, right now although her trip to Georgia Tech made the news. Betsy is launching the “Rethink School Tour,” and Atlanta is the first city on the list, and Huntsville, Alabama is next. The press travels with her, but the media have their hands full dealing with other Trumpians who are more newsworthy at the moment. Trump’s epic reality show has a cast of press-worthy characters like Brett Kavanaugh, Lindsey Graham, and Mitch McConnell to spotlight right now, so the press is busy.

 

 

But news reporters are never too busy to throw DeVos under the education bus. DeVos usually gives the press the ammunition they need to subtly mock her edicts and question her judgment. The recent news that DeVry University, a troubled for-profit university, is up for sale gave the press something to chew on. The education secret Trump hides from the public is he wants to bring back for-profit universities, and Betsy is doing the dirty work. Her detractors say she puts corporate profits in front of the interest of consumers. But giving that Idaho school Blue Ribbon status took a little heat off this battle-scarred secretary.

 

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End Citizens United’s “Big Money 20” Shrinks To 17

In December 2017, as the Holiday season was hitting full swing the left-leaning PAC, End Citizens United announced its own list of Republican targets for the 2018 Midterm elections which were headed by former Presidential candidate Ted Cruz and House Speaker Paul Ryan. The traditional PAC was formed in 2015 and is currently headquartered in Washington D.C. under President Tiffany Muller who has been given the mission of finding a political strategy which members of the Political Action Committee hope will one day inspire a reversal of the 2010 Citizens United decision made by the Supreme Court.

Citizens United have corporate groups and billionaire donors the go-ahead to provide political candidates with almost unlimited funding and support using Super PACs and special interest groups. On the whole, End Citizens United has made a pledge to back Democrats for office as they are more likely to support a reversal of the Citizens United decision which has allowed the creation of Super PACs; to ensure the future of End Citizens United influenced by any single donor or corporate group the PAC has pledged to operate in a traditional way with donations capped at $5,000.

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The “Big Money 20” campaign was just one of the many ways Tiffany Muller is trying to raise awareness about the use of special interest and corporate funding for many Republicans already elected to Congress. The initial 20 Republicans identified as among the worst in terms of accepting funding from various groups and billionaire donors has recently shrunk to 17 with a number of Republicans departing from Congress for a range of reasons including the misuse of public funds by Representative Pat Meehan of Pennsylvania. By the time of the 2018 Midterms, End Citizens United hopes to have more than $35 million in funding in place to assist in the campaigns of Democrats across the nation hoping to join the more than 30 candidates from the left who have taken office since the election of President Donald Trump in 2017.

By the end of February 2018, End Citizens United had already endorsed 18 candidates hoping to make their way to Washington D.C. who have all agreed on a pledge not to accept campaign funding from corporate PACs. End Citizens United seems to have tapped into a changing mindset among the electorate who feel they have been let down by those politicians accepting donations from major donors who wish to have their own interests served above those of the American people. Polls conducted by End Citizens United show an explanation of the stance taken by many Democrats on campaign funding marks an important and positive change in how they are viewed in many traditionally Republican states such as Texas.

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The DeVos Family

A plan hatched itself in 1991, a plan that circled building a multi-purpose arena for sports and conventions just north of the downtown area.

At the time, Dick DeVos was on a trail to becoming CEO in Amway Corporation, which was owned by his family. He suddenly picked up the phone in 1991 and began to lobby against the idea of the new convention arena.

DeVos had a sinking feeling in his gut that the convention center might pose many problems for the downtown area of Grand Rapids. His thoughts were similar to the events that occurred when the Pontiac Silverdome was constructed.

Though really, his strict campaign against any new sports facility just outside of this central business district started a snowball effect with several of the other business owners in the area. They worked together to start a group known as Grand Action, and this group helped build the medical school for Michigan State University, the city market in Grand Rapids, the Van Andel Arena, and even the DeVos Place Convention Center.

Specifically, these destinations that were built essentially altered the skyline of Grand Rapids, which went strictly against the suburban trajectory of the city to help prevent clutter and sprawl.

Dick DeVos and his wife, Betsy, were heirs to two separate family fortunes. They have spent the majority of their adult lives walking around and attempting to change multiple institutions and policies. They have been mega-donors for the GOP, and they have created quite the bit of political influence for several years. This influence has even caused huge changes in several state laws that have effects on labor and education.

Specifically, Betsy DeVos has been pushing for charter schools, and simultaneously, Dick has been creating a law to convert the birthplace of organized labor from Michigan to another state without union membership requirements for employment.

Their influence has been extending past the conservative specific causes, which they have been best known to support.

Starting in the year 1989 up until 2015, the DeVos family and their foundation had reported to give away several millions of dollars to various arts and culture, leadership, churches, health and human service, and other programs to center specifically for scholarships to private schools and education reform worldwide.

The couple themselves gave up to $12 million in donation toward the construction of a children’s hospital within the Spectrum Health System with the inclination that it would be named after Mr. DeVos’ mother, which was the wife of the Amway co-founder.

The hospital is there to give families a chance to remain in their home without parents having to take time from their jobs to drive to the larger hospitals and clinics near the area. They can receive care without having to travel far, which is one reason why the DeVos family has made such large donations toward the cause.

Their largest initiative to date is the one of education reform. They have even founded a charter high school for aviation at the airport in Grand Rapids. Through Betsy’s education advocacy, they are trying to seek the same outcome for children who are from poorer families to have the same opportunities that their kids have been given.

Their efforts are trying to sway the public opinion to look more in a direction, but it hasn’t been successful. The voters in 2000 essentially rejected the constitutional amendment that was sponsored by the DeVos family. This amendment created vouchers for tax funds for certain various students to attend private schools. Just six years later, Mr. DeVos created quite the campaign for governor against his adversary.

Never once did the family give up their efforts. Instead, they took a shift in their outlook and began to advocate for private school vouchers to students in various portions of the country. In fact, 24 of the 50 states, along with D.C., have at least some form of private school vouchers. This momentum is set to give more choices to students and parents alike.

President Donald Trump has cited her school choice advocacy when appointing her as the U.S. Secretary of Education. She varies narrowly got in as the Senate had a heated debate about her impact on school systems and school programs.

Beside his wife, Dick DeVos has stood by her side in support for many years. He is the CEO of his own startup firm, which is a holding company for several various businesses in the area. He has even played a major role in turning point for the Gerald R. Ford International Airport among his other achievements. Learn more: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/09/dick_devos_tapped_for_faas_top.html

The Hands of Betsy Devos That Are Just Good for Anything She Purposes to Do

Betsy DeVos was born as Elisabeth Dee DeVos in 1958. She comes from a family of elite and rich, in fact, Forbes ranked the family among the top hundred richest families in the US, with a net worth of over 5 billion dollars in 2016. His maternal father is the founder of the Prince Corporation, while her mother has been long serving in the education sector. Betsy DeVos is a seasoned businesswoman, philanthropist, activist, and politician.

She developed an interest in education from her mother who worked as a teacher. Years later, when she was married and raising a young family; she visited the Potter’s House Christian School, Grand Rapids along with her husband, Dick DeVos. The visit opened her eyes to the need for child-friendly environments parents were seeking to get and supported the school establish a commitment for the course. Dick in 1990, run for a position on the State Board of Education, which further on affirmed their interest for education.

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Among her many initiatives include offering free enterprise and entrepreneurship scholarship annually to students of BBA or MBA at the Northwood University. She has always advocated for the chartered school system to be allowed to continue enrolling students but be improved especially in the grading system and teaching strategies. The school choices should be broad with the emergence of private schools- those under the financial assistance program (school voucher) for their selection. From her, religious background, she advocates for Christian education in schools.

The Dick Betsy DeVos Family Foundation has helped fund health research and care, arts organizations, and evangelical missions among others. She has also been a part of the Prince Foundation and the Action Institute. By being both a politician and an activist, simply means she is active in philanthropy. Betsy DeVos subscribes to the Republican Party politics and even funded several of its campaigns. During the George Bush re-election in 2004, Betsy DeVos contributed over $150,000 to the course. In the 2016 presidential primaries, she supported Marco Rubio. For her advocacy and activism, she has been featured on the Lansing State Journal and the Inside Michigan Politics and been accorded some coveted titles and names.

In the last quarter of 2016, the President-Elect Donald Trump nominated her as the United States Secretary of Education. The process when through the Senate for scrutiny and in 2017 approved her appointment. She is the current and 11th Unites States Secretary of Education. She will be responsible for quality education and exhaust opportunities and options for children in schools. Visit betsydevos.com to know more about Betsy.

About Betsy DeVos

She attended the Holland Christian High School and later Calvin College in Michigan for undergraduate – Bachelors of Arts. It is from the college that she began becoming involved in campus politics. She has previously worked for the Kennedy Center and as the Chairwoman for the WindQuest Group. Her interaction with schools and the children have given her an opportunity to mentor.

End Citizens United Prepares For Midterm Elections For Congress

After raising $25 million for its first election cycle in 2016, End Citizens United is determined to raise $35 million for the 2018 midterm elections for Congress. The Political Action Committee (PAC) is fighting against unlimited spending in politics. According to USA TODAY, the PAC has already raised $4 million in the first quarter of 2017. The group’s president and executive director, Tiffany Muller, said that this amount was raised by 100,000 people, 40,000 of whom were first time donors. Tiffany is the former deputy political director of the campaign unit of the Senate’s Democrats. The group is determined to fight back President Donald Trump’s agendas and nominees by electing candidates that advocate for campaign finance reform to Congress. Muller said that their donors are against the American political system where the individuals who give big money have the biggest say.

End Citizens United has endorsed a first time political candidate in Georgia, Democrat Jon Ossoff. The PAC is persuading donors to give $500,000 towards his congressional campaign. The 30 year old candidate has already raised $4 million for the special election scheduled for April 18th to fill up the vacancy left by Tom Price who is now the Health and Human Services Secretary. Tiffany said they are still studying the races to determine the candidates that they will support in 2018. However, she said that they would support Senators Jon Tester of Montana and Sherrod Brown of Ohio in 2018. In their quest to fight against unlimited spending in politics, the group does not accept donations over $5,000 from an individual donor. Despite having such caps in donations, the group managed to appear in the top ranks of the highest donors to Democratic-aligned groups in 2016. This information was originally mentioned on USA Today.

About End Citizens United

The Supreme’s Court decision on Citizens United gave rise to many super PACs that raise and spend unlimited money in American politics. The rise of dark money is also evident in excessive spending by billionaires who strike big checks to shift the political power to their advantage. End Citizens United PAC was established in 2015 to advocate for accountability and transparency in elections. The political action committee is determined to reverse Supreme Court’s decision by electing candidates that support financial reforms, advocate for the issue of money in politics to be prioritized, nationally and use grassroots support to demonstrate their political authority. They intend to establish a broad coalition in their campaign finance reform and push lawmakers to take action.  In addition, they have a team of veteran Democratic operatives that help in spreading awareness about the effects of unlimited spending. This information was originally published on End Citizens United.