Trump White House Waters Down Ethics Rules For Cash Contributions

In a move made quietly and without public announcement, the Trump Administration reversed an ethics rule that once prohibited anonymous donations made by lobbyists to White House staffers. Specifically, the donations can be used to pay the legal fees of staffers who get caught up in the ever-expanding Russia-connected probe of the Trump presidential campaign.

The U.S. Office of Government Ethics is a independent branch of the Executive Branch. It is supposed to police conflicts of interest, but under Trump, the agency has abandoned some of its primary functions.

Allowing “dark money” paid by hidden contributors to buy lawyers for White House officials makes extreme conflict of interest situations likely as well as inviting a host of other ethical problems.

This is exactly the kind of activity that raised alarm bells among many patriotic Americans who fear that the U.S. Government and political system is increasingly being “bought and sold” by cash-rich private interests who want to shape American policy in their own interests.

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In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision which made massive contributions of dark money by anonymous donors possible. Called the Citizens United ruling, the ruling basically states that “money is free speech,” and that large international corporations are “people.” Thus, these “people” have the right to give as much money was they want to a politician of choice.

To counter this disastrous Supreme Court ruling, a group of concerned citizens formed a political action committee (PAC) called “End Citizens United.” Just as its name implies, the PAC’s goal is to reverse the 2010 Supreme Court decision and get dark money out of politics.

End Citizens United first began raising money in 2015 ahead of the 2016 election cycle. Response was overwhelming. Tens of thousands of people made small contributions averaging just $12 to $14 and $25 million was raised.

End Citizens United set its fundraising goal for the 2018 election cycle at another $25 million, but contributions have been so strong the group expects to smash that goal by $10 million, garnering $35 million for the coming 2018 elections.

An article in USA Today said end Citizens United raised a robust $4 million in the first three months of 2017 taking it well on its way to a haul of $35 million. The money will be used to help elect Democratic candidates to Congress with a special focus on flipping control of the U.S. House of Representatives from Republican to Democratic control.

End Citizens United officials say the recent Trump move to trash the rules of the Ethics Office is further proof that it has become more important than ever to reverse the 2010 Supreme Court ruling allowing unlimited campaign contributions.

Learn more about End Citizens United: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/04/how-to-reverse-citizens-united/471504/

George Soros Works To Defend The American People

George Soros has been one of the most powerful funding forces behind the Democratic Party. He has been very involved in politics and has spent many million of dollars trying to give the party a boost and trying to get Democratic political leaders elected to the highest or most influential offices. George Soros gave over $25 million in the last election to attempt to get Hillary Clinton elected to the office of President of the United States. He was very involved in campaign efforts and wherever he felt that his influence would help the party get a better foothold. Although Hillary Clinton lost the election on nytimes.com, George Soros has taken a short time to regroup and is right back to collaborate with the most influential Democratic leaders and supporters in the country to try to get more Democrats elected to public offices that will further the goals of the party.

Recently a group of top Democratic supporters had a meeting at the Mandarin Oriental hotel which was sponsored by the Democracy Alliance donor club. The theme of the gathering was based on efforts to combat Donald Trumps 100 day plan and many Democratic and Liberal figures plan on fighting him from the start of his administration. The Democratic Alliance was founded in 2004 during the election in which John Kerry was trying to defeat George W. Bush. Peter Lewis was the insurance mogul that started the group along with several other mega-donors. The purpose of the group was to advocate for the Democratic party while remaining outside and helping them to defend themselves against attacks from other parties. In order to be a part of the organization a donor must pledge at least $200,000. The annual on nybooks.com dues for the organization are $30,000 and include fees and catered events. Since the group was formed it has contributed over $500 million to help push interests for the Democratic party.

George Soros became politically active because he lived throughout the Nazi occupation of his country and saw what can happen when a government takes a wrong turn. He uses his past experiences and insight to help make informed decisions that are meant to help the people of the United States to combat the chance of a similar situation ever occurring in this country. Right now he sees President-elect Donald Trump as a threat to the American people and the American way of life. He says that he incites fear and by doing so he feels he is doing the work of ISIS.

Learn more about George Soros:
http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/george-soros-democratic-convention-226267
https://www.project-syndicate.org/columnist/george-soros