In 2010, the U.S. election system underwent one of its most controversial and sweeping changes when the Supreme Court ruled on the Citizens United versus the Federal Election Commission case; like many people I was shocked when the ruling allowed almost unlimited financial backing to be provided by wealthy donors to Super PAC’s they could establish themselves or to groups supporting candidates. Like the organizers of the End Citizens United PAC I was concerned originally by the fact wealthy donors were given the opportunity to have a major influence on the way the policy choices of major parties and candidates could now be influenced by donors providing funding, in theory, in return for policies friendly to themselves or their business interests. In their campaign materials, End Citizens United explain their belief the undue influence of major political donors has shaped the landscape since 2010 and should be brought to an end by a decision to repeal the ruling and accompanying legislation that made sweeping changes to the political landscape of the U.S.
The call for U.S. election finance reform seems to have struck a chord with voters like myself across the nation who are turning to the End Citizens United group in a bid to attempt to force a change in the way politics are performed across the country. I have been shocked at the level of support the End Citizens United group has been given over the course of its life since its formation in 2015. I expected a high level of donations to flood in during the 2016 Presidential election cycle that saw the group reach $25 million in campaign funding, but I have been amazed at the latest figures released for the first quarter of 2017 that shows the End Citizens United group has already seen $4 million pledged this year.
Not only does the sheer weight of the money pledged make happy reading for those, like myself, who support the end of the Citizens United, but the fact more than 100,000 donors have provided support has shown me that growing numbers of donors are reaching out to new areas of political interest over the course of their lives. Added to the fact 100,000 donors pledged funds over the first three months of 2017 is the knowledge that an estimated 40,000 of these donors were first time givers to a cause that appears to resonate with millions of American citizens who are worried by the growing influence of a small group of wealthy individuals. Achieving the goal of around $35 million in donations by the time of the 2018 midterm elections now seems to be a possibility for End Citizens United as they become one of the major PAC’s on the left side of U.S. politics.
As a young man, George Soros fled his native country of Hungary to begin studies at The London School of Economics Political Science, where he studied philosophy. According to Forbes, after getting his start in finance by taking various jobs at merchant banks, Soros moved to New York to begin working on Wall Street. In 1969, while still in New York, Soros established his own hedge fund. This became known as the famous Quantum Fund. Soros rose to international prominence in 1992, when he made a profit of over $1 billion after a risky currency trade where he shorted the British pound.
Over the years, Soros has become known as not only one of the wealthiest men in the world, but also one of the world’s leading philanthropists and political spenders. Politico reports that Soros began to scale back his political spending after donating $27 million in a failed effort to prevent the election of President George W. Bush in 2004. Instead, he refocused his philanthropic attention on international foundations that seek to further such causes as democratic values, human rights, and access to healthcare and education. To date, Soros has spent over $13 billion to advance these causes, placing him among the most influential liberal philanthropists.
Breaking his trend in philanthropic giving to human rights foundations, Soros re-emerged into the political arena as a major donor for the Democratic Party during the 2016 election, despite his heavy criticism of the influence of wealthy donors in politics. Politico reports that Soros spent $25 million to support Hillary Clinton, along with other Democratic candidates and causes. Party insiders suggest Soros’s fondness for Clinton’s liberal agenda and his sharp warnings against leading GOP figures such as Donald Trump and Ted Cruz spurred him into action. George Soros is now seen as a leadership figure among liberal donors, participating in various efforts to effectively coordinate liberal philanthropic spending, such as the Democracy Alliance. Read more about George’s life story at biography.com.
It is unclear how the results of the 2016 election will influence Soros’s future spending. However, it seems likely that he will remain an inspirational figure for liberal donors, and that he will continue to pursue his vision of improving humanity through his philanthropic spending.
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When it comes to cancer treatment and prevention, Oncologists today have a great responsibility in not just treating their patients, but with providing them with the right information to help in cancer prevention. More organizations are looking into involving clinical oncologists in the work of cancer assessment and cancer prevention counseling. It is their role to identify the individuals with cancer genes and provide preventive drugs. Oncologists need to keep themselves updated about the latest evidence of cancer prevention drugs and strategies by participating in the cancer courses and clinical trials as well. With the knowledge of cancer genes and carcinogenesis expanding, it is essential for oncologists to be actively involved in such researches. Visit ResearchGate to keep up to date with Mikhail’s latest work.
Mikhail Blagosklonny is on the forefront of such studies and takes an active part in various cancer clinical processes. He is committed to educating his students about providing cancer prevention counseling, assessing individuals with cancer risks and to actively participate in community-based activities for prevention of cancer. He performs studies on cancer therapies and is responsible for designing treatments that can help protect the healthy cells from being damaged by cancer genes. He also examines the process of aging and the use of pharmaceutical products that can help prevent aging of the skin and increasing the lives of people.
Mikhail Blagosklonny had in interest in the medical field from a young age. After passing high school, he went to the First Pavlov State Medical University of St. Petersburg to earn his M.D. and Ph.D. both. His M.D. was in internal medicine, while he received his Ph.D. in experimental medicine and cardiology. Because of his dedication and hard work, he quickly secured a position as an associate professional of medicine in New York Medical College. He then went on to become a senior scientist at the renowned Ordway Research Institute. In the year, he was offered a position at Roswell Park Cancer Institute which he happily accepted. He is regarded as one of the best professors at the Institute as he is always ready to help his students and to guide them in case they get stuck with their research. Follow Mikhail on Google Scholar
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