In an age where so many politicians are in the pocket of the NRA or some other right-wing extremist group, it’s refreshing to see political candidates who are rejecting campaign contributions from corporate PACs. End Citizens United recently announced there are at least 185 Democratic candidates who refuse to accept donations from big corporations and almost half of them have already won their primaries. One of these political candidates is Conor Lamb, the US representative for Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, who made headlines recently after winning a highly-contested race over his Republican opponent, Rick Saccone. Another candidate who is rejecting big money is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a rising star in the Democratic party after unseating the five-time incumbent, Joe Crowley, in the Democratic primary for New York’s 14th congressional district.
End Citizens United has also given its endorsement to Randy “Iron Stache” Bryce, a working-class ironmaker who is currently running for Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District after initially planning to challenge Ryan for his position as Speaker of the House. Additionally, End Citizens United has thrown their support behind the Senator from New Jersey, Cory Booker, who is up for reelection in the midterms and may seek the white house in 2020. Back in February, he first announced his intention to reject any campaign contributions from corporate PACs. See more of End Citizens United on facebook
Kamala Harris has also been making headlines as of late not just for rejecting corporate money but also for being a big proponent of ending gun violence. So she is also a candidate to keep an eye on as the race for 2020 starts to heat up. She also concurs that the decision regarding Citizens United vs. FEC was incorrect. However, she is not up for reelection this year. Sheldon Whitehouse, on the other hand, will be defending his seat in the midterms and just recently announced his intention to reject any corporate contributions to his campaign. End Citizens United has since provided him with their endorsement. With the midterms looming large over Washington, the Democrats seems poised to take back the House, Senate, and Congress. So we wish them the best of luck.
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While the media paints various pictures, it seems that the Republicans are a bit worried about this election cycle. Why would this be? Considering that they seemed to have the upper hand for the presidential election, the Democratic seats have picked up since then. Interestingly, these seats have picked up in areas that typically give the GOP their votes. This is all well and good until a great grassroots organization comes along and changes everything. This is what is happening with now with Beto O’Rourke versus Ted Cruz.
Because Texas is the state in question, it will be interesting to see how it turns out. This is why End Citizens United was formed. The goal of End Citizens United is to halt the influence of money in politics. Found on March 1, 2015, the group has been going strong since. ECU’s headquarter is in Washington, DC. At this moment, Cruz is leading the way with nearly 45 percent margin to win it, but it was Cruz’s own poll that stated he was nearly 18 percent ahead. What other sources gave credence to his poll? A Google survey at that time did in fact indicate that he was leading by 14 percent. Although slightly different from the other surveys, this one was in fact not so far off.
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Back in July, polls were all showing some stark similarities. However, the University of Texas, whether or not devoted to one candidate in particular, was showing that there was a 5 point differential between the two. Is money a factor? End Citizens United hopes not.
One of the biggest assets Cruz has, is that O’Rourke is someone that the people of Texas know very little about. This can be a factor for sure, but this also means that people can vote out of ignorance just because they believe that one is a better candidate than the other without really knowing more about them. End Citizens United is committed to what is fair and ethical, without the involvement of funds to sway anyone toward any decision.
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The Exceptional Philanthropist, Perry Mandera
From the article, Perry Mandera is the founder and chief executive officer of The Custom Companies Incorporation that has been in business for more than thirty years. It has its headquarters in Northlake at Illinois, which offers employment to very many people around the community all through the state and the society. The company deals in providing transportation for various purposes beginning from family businesses to other hundreds of company businesses. Another thing about the company is that, it offers products and services to do with logistics and services in cartage. Recently, Perry Mandera began a new turn in the business where he is involved with pursuing charitable organizations and helping in contributions and funding of these people.
Perry Mandera began a foundation which is the greatest sign of his charity known as Custom Cares, which contributes generously to Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, acting as the charitable part of the Custom Companies Incorporation. This home has been a source of shelter, providing education, basic needs and a source of mentorship, to children suffering from abuse and those at the risk of being abused. At this home, Custom Cares has helped carry out various projects including planting of flowers and vegetables to show the importance of practicing environmental sustaining practices. Another contribution is that, he has participated in provided transportation services to charity homes, where through the Custom Company Incorporation, they transported coats to thousands of children around Chicago and beyond in need.
Furthermore, having worked in the army, Perry Mandera being philanthropic therefore, is no hard work to him but rather his passion. Other activities include hiring of the veterans after service so that they can cope with the society. Additionally, Perry Mandera helps in funding cancer centers that help in researching cancer cures and supporting cancer patients, such as The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and The American Cancer Society. Other charity work include funding sports youth teams, donating supply of food to victims of natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina. In conclusion, Perry Mandera is a role model to the society through his generous giving and a reputable character; he is an example to all ages in the community.
One of the most powerful tools that the medical community has in the fight to eliminate the scourge of cancer is research. While there are cancers that do respond well the to the existing treatments the medical community has already developed there are many kinds of cancers whose treatments unfortunately continue to elude the teams of doctors that seek to treat them. Fortunately researchers and cancer specialists at Rutgers University in New Jersey are pioneering research in a new area of medicine that could possibly yield cancer treatment that is ultimately more efficient and effective. The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey is making strides in developing the area of precision medicine and one local New Jersey man is helping support the Institute in these efforts.
In 2015 Omar Boraie, his son Sam Boraie and the family made a pledge of $1.5 million to support the establishment of an endowed chair at Rutgers Cancer Center that will support research in the area of precision medicine. The position is known as the the Omar Boraie Chair in Genomic Science and was part of a wider effort to fund 18 endowed chairs at Rutger University. According to Newswise Boraie has long had an interest in cancer research and was hopeful that he and his family’s donation would encourage other people to give to the effort. View his full profile on crunchbase.com.
It might be said the potential of genomic science and precision medicine to dramatically improve the prognosis of cancer patients cannot be understated. As many members of the public learned from Angelina Jolie’s high-profile measures to prevent breast cancer after she learned she had a genetic predisposition for the disease, the occurrence of cancer in the body can be related to genetics. According to Newswise genomic science gives the oncology community the tools to study the genetics that have resulted in a patient’s tumor. Having the ability to target the disease at such a precise level can empower doctors to better customize the sorts of treatments that they give to cancer patients. These personalized treatment methods can help improve the odds that a patient will survive the disease and live longer. Precision medicine holds so much promise that the administration of the nation’s 44th president even gave the field it’s blessing. In 2015 President Obama gave the field a nod of approval during his speech at the State of the Union where he announced a precision medicine campaign that would work to uncover effective treatments for cancer patients.