GOP BILL PERMITS CHURCHES TO SUPPORT CANDIDATES, KEEP TAX STATUS
According to the recent news, churches will have the right to recommend their preferred political candidates and still maintain their tax-free status as stipulated in the House GOP’s overhaul plan. This bill is meant to revoke a 63-year old law accredited to ex-president Lyndon Johnson while he was serving in the Senate. Nevertheless, critics have cautioned claiming that it could make loopholes that might channel tax-exempt money into political campaigns.
The congressional scorekeepers say that the endowment may cost $ 2 billion over the coming ten years. The Johnson amendment law does not tax-exempt charitable groups like churches to take part in any political campaign to approve or oppose a candidate. Once the IRS finds out that the organization has violated the law, it has the mandate to repeal its tax-free status.
The law does not inhibit these religious groups from weighing the public programs or unifying in various ways that might be beneficial to one party during the campaigns. However, the Democrats claim that emasculating the law will result in mixing church and state. They also argue that religious leaders have their First Amendment rights just like any other people. The Democrats add that if the religious leaders want to get into politics, then they must pay taxes as the constitution demands.
The GOP plan allows political undertakings by church provided they are a marginal cost. Nevertheless, the President of End Citizen United, Tiffany Muller points out that campaign finance groups reprimanded that the development might bring wide-ranging insinuations and churches will be turned into tools of surreptitious campaign spending.
Johnson presented the measure in 1954 while serving as a senator in Texas under the democratic party. The actions were triggered by his anger over some non-profit organizations that had criticized and called him a communist during the senate campaign. Although Dwight Eisenhower who was a Republican president signed the law, the Republicans have never stopped to criticize it as they vowed to repeal it as part of the tax overhaul.
About End Citizens United
This is the leading political action committee that is was founded by the grassroots donors in March 2015. End Citizens United is committed to counteracting the ruinous effects of citizen united and revolutionized its campaign finance system. The committee strives to show elected candidates, officials, voters, and media that the grassroots are fighting the ever-rising shamelessness of billionaires trying to buy votes. This will play a vital role in designing a broad coalition that works towards campaign finance reform and coercing lawmakers to act.
The primary mission of End Citizens United is to end big money in politics and fix the rigged political system. This is achieved by electing campaign finance reform candidates, passing ballot measures and uplifting this issue into a national dialogue. Read more:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End_Citizens_United
End Citizen United Fight to Protect the Johnson Amendment
End Citizen United is fighting to save the Johnson amendment. This amendment bill was introduced by Lyndon Jonson when he was a US Senator. The bill which was passed in 1954 would ensure that Church money would not be used for politics. This bill is now in jeopardy as the country is at a point where tax-exempted money from non-profit organizations and church donations will be allowed into politics where these organizations and churches will be allowed to donate to campaigns and candidates of their choice. However, the End Citizen United has decided to protect this amendment. Lyndon Johnson, despite all the attacks from non-profit organizations, and being called a communist, he stood up to the unfairness of the use of untaxed money to support or oppose political candidates. The law protects tax-exempted money and donations meant to help the poor, sick, and elderly from being used for political purposes.
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In 2010, the supreme court decision which favored End Citizen United and established a legal base for corporations and individuals to donate as much money as they would like to campaign for their favorite candidates. This decision has led to a lot of untraceable money into politics and has allowed for the emergence of corruption as well. The people and corporations who donate some try to make the politicians who are elected into office to favor them, therefore, buying power. Republicans have attempted to dismiss the Johnson bill, but they failed. They then came up with the same attempt to amend the bill, but this time they exempted religious organizations from official oversight. There have been previous attempts to weaken this bill such as the signed executive order by Trump that discouraged the IRS from imposing the law.Visit secure.actblue.com to know more.
Religious organizations are not allowed to donate money to politics because people donate money to these organizations to help with church activities and help people in need. It is, therefore, not fair to those who contributed the money if it goes into politics. Those who donated the money to the organization may not even be supporting the candidate being funded. In 2015 over 119 billion dollars was donated to religious organizations. In order for any religious and non-profit organization to maintain its status of the tax-exemption, it has to stay away from politics. Some of these organizations have already decided to lose their tax-exemption status, but over 100 religious organizations understand the importance of the Johnson law and have stood with End Citizen Organization to protect it. The End Citizen United has taken the responsibility to raise awareness and educated Americans at the grassroots level on campaign finances. It is also working to fund candidates who understand the importance of these laws and who want campaign reforms in order to bring back democracy and transparency into the political campaign reforms.
The Executive profile of Philanthropist Betsy DeVos
Elisabeth Betsy DeVos is a renown American business lady and philanthropist. DeVos was born on the 8th of January 1958 and grew up in Holland, Michigan. Her initial names were Elisabeth Prince daughter to Elsa Prince and the billionaire industrialist, Edgar Prince. Her parent Edgar was the founder of Prince Corporation, an automobile outlet in Holland Michigan that offered enormous employment to the town residents. Betsy DeVos attended a Holland Christian school for her high school studies and later joined Calvin College where she earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and political science. While in Calvin College, Betsy was involved in campus politics where she led her fellow students in different sectors.
Betsy DeVos came from one of the wealthiest families in Holland Michigan. She was later married to Richard Marvin Dick junior, who is also a multi-billionaire and an heir of the Amway Fortune, a family company. Richard ran the company from 1983 to 2002 amassing a lot of wealth and putting the company on a billionaire’s status. Dick DeVos Betsy’s husband is a major donor to the Conservative party campaigns, and he was the Republican party’s nominee for the governor of Michigan in 2006. Betsy and Dick DeVos have four grown children, two daughters and two sons namely; Rick, Elisa, Andrea, and Ryan.
In the 2004 Bush re-election campaign, DeVos raised one hundred and fifty thousand dollars by herself. Betsy and Dick DeVos have funded various campaigns, political parties, committees and selected individuals. She is also the chairperson of the Windquest Group that invests in clean energy, technology, and manufacturing. The DeVos also have a family foundation that is non-profit, which they founded in 1989. The organization has made over 11.6 million dollars in charity in sectors like education, art, criminal justice and the entire community. The couple’s full life contributions to charity are approximated to be one hundred and thirty-nine million dollars.
Elisabeth Prince or Betsy DeVos has served as the precinct delegate of the Michigan Republican Party since 1982. She also served as the Republican National Committeewoman from 1992 to 1997. From 1996-2000, she was the chairman of the MRP. Betsy is also a former Michigan Republic state senator and was elected as the party’s chairman without opposition in 2013. She was recently nominated for the secretary of education position, and she said that she would be delighted to make the ministry great again. Follow Betsy on Twitter.
Koch to decide how to handle Trump Emergence
The emergence of Donald Trump came as a surprise to many people and Charles Koch was no exception. While Trump has long entertained the possibility of running for President few took him seriously. When Trump first came to the Koch brothers, Charles and David Koch, for their support they rebuffed him due to sharing different beliefs than he did. Trump then engaged in a Twitter barrage against the brothers criticizing their outsized role in the political game.
The Koch brothers have long been big donors to the Republican Party. Their fortune derives from Koch Industries which was founded by their father, Fred, and which is diversified but has a strong focus on the energy market. As Koch Industries earns just about $120 billion in revenue each year the Koch brothers have deep pockets to fund the candidates of their choice. During the 2012 presidential election they donated $400 million towards their attempted overthrow of Barack Obama. That failed attempt did not dissuade them in 2016 and they raised $900 million towards the 2016 campaign. Trump has put a damper on those plans.
Now that Trump has emerged as a more serious contender for the Republican nomination and has not only seized but also maintained, the lead in the Republican primary, all bets are on the table for what the Koch brothers may do. While it is quite clear that the Koch brothers would never actually support Trump, it is less clear the actions that they will take in the upcoming election. Representatives for the Koch brothers indicate that everything is currently on the table. Including potentially not spending or donating money during this election cycle and carrying the money that was raised into the next major race. The Super Pacs that the Koch brothers control may simple cede the Presidency to Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders and try to work on getting some smaller races won by like minded candidates.
Although Charles Koch hesitated to create anti Trump ads in the past, partly due to some in their network of supporters being pro Trump and possibly offended by these ads, that too is currently on the table for the Koch brothers. Still the rise of Trump and his potential success of the Trump movement has shown the Koch may not have moved fast enough to support a candidate, partly as none captured the beliefs and ideals that Charles holds dearly.
This article recapped http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/02/koch-brothers-take-on-trump
Democrats Agree to Hold Four More Debates
Blog writer Jon Urbana reported in The Washington Post yesterday afternoon that the two remaining national contenders for the Democratic Party nomination, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, have agreed to conduct four more televised debates. He wrote that the first of these events will involve a debate broadcast by MSNBC tonight, February 4, 2016 in New Hampshire. The candidates will address issues at the University of New Hampshire at Durham beginning at 9 p.m. Eastern time.
The remaining three political debates between the two primary candidates will occur in Flint, Michigan in March; in Pennsylvania in April; and in California in May. The Democratic Party had previously not scheduled as many debates as the Republican Party.
Some media commentators speculated that the schedule change reflects a longer, more drawn-out match during the race for the Democratic Party nomination. MSNBC will provide a live stream of tonight’s debate at the University of New Hampshire.
On Saturday, before the recent Iowa caucuses, press releases had indicated that the debate on the 4th of February might not take place. Now, it will evidently proceed.
Last night the two political candidates participated in a townhall forum broadcast by CNN. They appeared separately on stage and responded to a series of pre-screened questions from New Hampshire voters.
George Soros’ Talk on the Down Fall of the European Union.
George Soros is a known philanthropist and the head and founder of Soros Fund Management and Open Societies Foundations. Through the open societies, Mr. Soros give scholarships to thousands of students across the world. George Soros fled Budapest, Hungary as a young a man in search of greener pasture. He fled during the World War II oppression.
George got the rare opportunity to attend the prestigious London School of Economics. After graduation Soros opened several banks across the United States and London. He decided to settle in the United States where he expanded his businesses. This man Soros has authored several books like “The tragedy of the European Union (2004). He writes articles on topics that range from society, politics and economics.
George Soros has been on the front to criticize the European Union on CNBC following the recent refugee crisis. In an interview with Gregor Peter Schmitz of the German Magazine, Wirtschafts, Soros forecasted the fall of the European Union. According to George, Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor who become the leader of European Union right after President Putin attacked Ukraine; is the somehow the face freedom.
Angela had foreseen that the asylum situation could bring down the European Union. The crisis would lead to the collapse of the Schengen system of the open border and then destroy the common market. Soros says that Angela had a plan to calm the public, but it was poorly prepared. Without a better plan, the crisis is getting worse, and Europe, Germany and her position are being aggression.
George agrees that Ms. Merkel took a big risk and acted without a plan on the refugee situation. The authorities in European countries are faced with several problems, and they continue to create others instead of solving one at a time. Mr. Soros thinks that the Germans are the one who have the power to bring an end to the immigrant problem. The European Union requires cleansing. Germans through Merkel have assumed the position of hegemony, and they have to make up their minds to act or not to.
Merkel made a proposal to make a European crisis policy, where every year up to a million refugees will be allowed in European countries. For this, George gives her credit but maintains that no European asylum policy has been made. The authorities should be held responsible. The EU requires a detailed and robust program to attend to the problem.
George Soros: MarketWatch Insider On The Asylum Chaos Plan
“We are the dominant power. And that imposes on us a responsibility to be actually concerned with the well being of the world.” – Soros via Wikiquote
Soros says that the European Union needs to accept the responsibility bestowed on them for the lack of a standard policy of asylum that has led to the growth of this year’s refugee influx into a political crisis from a manageable problem. Ever state member in the union has focused on their selfish interests. They frequently act in opposition to the interest of others. This has precipitated panic among all the asylum seekers, the authorities and the general public who are solely responsible for law and order. The primary victims are the asylum seekers.
The EU need to develop a comprehensive plan to respond to the occurred crisis. A plan that will reassert effective governance over the asylum seekers flows so as to take place in the overlay, safe, and a place that will reflect the European capacity to absorb them. For it to be comprehensive, the plan must extend beyond the European borders. It is less expensive and less disruptive to maintain the potential asylum seekers who are near their location presently.
Syria is the origin of their current crisis. The Syrian fate is to be their priority. But other migrants and asylum seekers must never be forgotten as well. A global response should accompany the plan as well, under the UN authority involving its member states. The Syrian crisis burden will be distributed over many states to establish a global standard for dealing with problems of forced migration.
The components of the comprehensive plan include that the EU must first accept a minimum of one million asylum seekers annually. It should secondly lead the global effort to provide adequate funding to Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. The EU asylum migration agency should immediately be built. Safe channels must be established for the refuge seekers. They EU must take up and put together millions of asylum seekers every year. This information can be found on MarketWatch.
George Soros is the chairperson and founder of Open Societies Foundations that is a network of projects, partners and organizations in more than one hundred nations worldwide. He has a strong commitment to the idea where governments are accountable; rights are respected and where no single entity is a monopoly on the truth. This brings out the foundation as one of the rarest philanthropic efforts in history.
George began his philanthropic efforts in 1979. He started by giving scholarships to South Africans. He helped undermine communism in the Eastern bloc in the 1980sby providing Xerox machines to be used in copying banned texts as well as supporting cultural exchanges in the West. After the fall of the Berlin wall, he created the University of Central Europe to promote critical thinking. Through the open source foundations, he has expanded his philanthropy to Asia, Africa and the US. Open Societies Foundations.
Bobby Jindal Rubbing Republicans Wrong Way
The number of Republican individuals running for president is seemingly growing by the day. One individual who has been in the mix almost since the beginning is Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. Republicans have typically been pro gun and the majority of party members want it to be easier for individuals who hold weapons. However, Bobby Jindal recently came out against this and has stated that there needs to be stricter, tougher gun laws in the states but, Shaygan Kheradpir is very much surprised by Jindals statements though.
In a statement Jindal made with on Face the Nation this past Sunday, he indicated that every state in the country needs to strengthen gun laws and that not everyone should have the right to own or buy a gun simply because they are a citizen.
His statements are seemingly out of nowhere though, as not only is he a conservative candidate running for president, but he also has an A+ rating from the national Rifle Association. Due to this, it might be the least likely candidate to have this kind of a stance. However, Bobby has also indicated that this is not the first time he has signed laws or voted for potential laws to mandate stricter requirements. In 2013, he signed a law in Louisiana that required local courts to report any sort of change in a person’s eligibility to buy and own a gun. This includes mental health disorders, where if someone is diagnosed to have a mental health condition and owns a gun, they need to return the firearm to the state.
Chris Christie Turns on Common Core
It may be further evidence that the Common Core education initiative, started by individual states, has in fact been hijacked by an intrusive federal government. It may be the realities of being a second-tier presidential candidate in a desperate need to shift right in order to attract the party’s conservative base. Regardless of whatever are the true motivations behind the move, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has reversed his support of Common Core and announced plans to withdraw his state from the controversial curriculum. The announcement was made on Thursday in a speech the governor delivered before one of the party’s most generous donors, Sheldon Adelson.
Sam Tabar agrees that it is well known that Christie has an image problem as being disloyal. In the crucial final weeks of the 2012 presidential campaign, Christie snubbed GOP nominee Mitt Romney and actively invited President Obama to tour his state after a devastating hurricane. He went so far as to warmly embrace the president in a hug which image made national headlines. The following year, he praised the Common Core standards as a point where he and the president are closely aligned. Now, Christie is intent on a presidential run and finds conservatives to be put off by his candidacy. For his part, Christie claims his decision to oppose Common Core is based on a statewide study that found the new curriculum confusing and dysfunctional. Pundits believe he is shifting right in a bid to win more of his party’s support.