End Citizens United Wants Change In Fundraising

End Citizens United is a group that was able to fundraise million of dollars in order to give that money to Democratic candidates for the House and Senate votes. In just their first month they were able to raise over $2 million, all of which came from small donors. Since End Citizens United is a traditional PAC, they are not able to accept more than $5,000. At the end of the cycle they are projected to collected between $25 million and $30 million, all of which will be distributed among Democratic House and Senate candidates. They have chosen to endorse a specific group of 11 Democrats because they believe that these candidates will fight to bring about the change that they are seeking. The Republicans are in favor of keeping the Citizen United vote and the Democrats are against it.

 

End Citizens United is specifically intent on accomplishing their goal of bringing a complete reform to the way in which campaign finances are managed. They differ from other PACs because they are able to confront the political side of things and are only donating money to the people who share their values and will work to get the Citizens United overturned. They have to be sure that the candidates they back will support these values because many of them do not want to go against the very wealthy and powerful Koch brothers, among other groups that like the use of dark money in the campaign financing system. They will use the money they earn to back the candidates through a series of polling initiatives, direct mailing services, and ads on the television.

 

The policy director for the Sunlight Foundation, John Wonderlich, believes that it is going to be an uphill battle but regardless, it will be raising awareness about the issues of the Citizens United vote. It it extremely difficult to get Congress to pass an amendment to the constitution, which is what End Citizens United is gunning for. In fact, it has not been done since the early 1990s. Since it is so difficult for these changes to happen as the government only becomes more partisan as the years go on, groups like End Citizens United will serve a great purpose in changing the public opinion and drawing more attention to this issue.

 

The more people know about what the Citizens United vote did, the more they will vote to change it and improve public awareness on the subject. The average donation for End Citizens United is just under $15, so they are being supported by everyday people who are donating small amounts. End Citizens United is functioned by five talent senior advisers including Valerie Martin, Clair McCaskill, and Reed Adamson.

 

Richard A. “Rick” Smith: The Mind Behind Securus Technologies

Having started in Dallas, Texas in 1986, the company Securus Technologies has now grown into three total headquarters in Texas and Georgia. The company employs over 1,000 people and, are in contract with anther 2,500 across both states and beyond. With that said, the wise mind that is leading this big company into more success is Richard A. “Rick” Smith.Taking over the company as CEO in 2008, Securus Technologies has since garnered much success and is continuing to do so. To see how Richard has led this company to its prosperity, let us take a look into the background of Richard as well as dive deeper into how he has made Securus Technologies a juggernaut in the field of technology-based companies.

Academic Background & Personal Achievements:

It would be ignorant to hand over the keys to a company to just anybody, having said that, Richard made a name for himself before taking over as CEO which made him more than qualified for the position. In fact, the list of personal accolades and academic success is quite extensive. Academically, these achievements set him up to earn the ones he did in his career.Starting off with a BS from the State University of New York, he adds to his list with three more Bachelor’s Degree’s from Rochester Institute of Technology, Brockport State College, and Simon Graduate School of Business at The University of Rochester. As mentioned before, this would help him ease into his professional career and rack up even more awards.

Professionally, Richard created an excellent background for himself as well. His track record includes extensive experience in telecommunications, as well as experience in operations, finance, IT, and business development. These accomplishments, have made him sought after for professional advice and has also made him a highly recognized mogul in the technology world. If still not convinced he can run a business, how about the fact that he once grew revenue from approximately $30 million to some $350 million for a company. Worth repeating, he is continuously sought after because of his obvious expertise and dedication in his field of work.

More on Securus Technologies & its performance:

As a company, Securus Technologies is a for-profit prison technology company serving approximately 2,600 correctional facilities in 45 states, the D.C area, Canada, Mexico, and more than 1,000,000 inmates nationwide. Since Richard has taken over, Securus Technologies has invested over half a billion dollars into patents and technologies all under a span of five years. Needless to say, Richard has produced very impressive numbers and statistics that back up his work.When hired for the position, its safe to say that Securus Technologies found a gem of a business man and a great CEO. With academic success to his credit, as well as success professionally, if not already, Richard Smith should be considered a role model to future business men of technology and in general.

Alfonso De Angoitia Noriega: A Major Force In Mexico’s Media

Mexico offers a wide range of media sources from which natives and visitors alike can get all the news, sports, entertainment and general information choices they want. Two companies, TV Azteca and Televisa, dominate the free broadcast television market. The government broadcasts cultural programming like dance, music and theatre on channels 11 and 22 while a network of small, local broadcasters serve different areas of the country.

Mexico has over 4 million cable subscribers and 1.5 million people that subscribe to satellite television. While there some large cable companies and several hundred cable TV operators, most areas of Mexico is served by only one company. Sky Mexico is the country’s only satellite TV service provider. Some companies offer both media and communication services. Mexico’s phone company and main internet provider Telmex will soon offer television services. Telephone companies Axtel and Maxcom also offer internet service.

Radio is a popular medium in Mexico with programs broadcast in both Spanish and English. Some well-known broadcast stations are Radio Centro, Radio Formula Radio Acir, Radio Unam and Televisa Radio. The country also has many newspapers and magazines. They include Reforma, El Norte, El Universal, La Jornada, Milenio, El Financiero, El Economista and the English language paper The News. Some popular magazines are Proceso, Vertigo, Milenio, Letras Libres, Tiempo Libre and Mexico Desconocido.

Alfonso de Angoitia Noriega is a major force in media in Mexico and worldwide. He is Grupo Televisa’s director and executive VP. Grupo Televisa is the Spanish-speaking world’s largest media company. Since 1997 Alfonso de Angoitia Noriega has been on the company’s board. He’s also on the board of Grupo Modelo SAB de CV, SKY, Bolsa Mexicana de Valores, PBG Mexico, Empresas Cablevision, Univision and many others.

Before joining Grupo Televisa Alfonso de Angoitia Noriega worked with New York based White & Case LLP. Later he helped found Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes, S.C., one of the top law firms in Mexico. Alfonso de Angoitia Noriega was Grupo Televia CEO Emilio Azcárraga’s attorney and helped him negotiate a $1.2 billion deal with Univision and gain access to America’s lucrative, growing Hispanic market.

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Adam Milstein: Behind the Business

Adam Milstein is an accomplished real estate investor, community leader, and philanthropist. However, his background is fascinating and tells the story of a man who is relentlessly optimistic, gifted with an entrepreneurial spirit, and always looking for opportunities wher eit may seem that there are none.

 

Adam Milstein is a native of Israel and served in the IDF during the Yom Kippur War. Three years after he gradutaed from the Technion in 1978 he came to the United States to pursue his higher education. He received his MBA from USC and immediately began working in Commercial Real Estate in Southern California in 1983.

 

However, he didn’t start out working for other companies. When recruiters came to the USC campus, his conversations with them showed that they didn’t seem to appreciate his unique life experience, his skill set, or what he had to offer. He was routinely offered pay that was below what he should have been earning even as a recent MBA graduate. So, instead of getting upset or settling, he decided to simply set out on his own and create his own business.

 

After working in Commercial Real Estate for awhile, he turned his attention to real estate investing and eventually created Hager Pacific Properties, a real estate investment firm of which he is a Managing Partner.

 

His business success is notable, but his contributions to the community are just as impressive. He is the National Chairman of the Israeli-American Council, a philanthropic organization that he co-founded. He works with the organization to help drive their national expansion efforts. In addition, he also sits on the board of many other philanthropic organizations that focus on Israeli-American relations, Israeli nationals, and the Jewish community.

 

His approach to life is similar to his approach to business, a somewhat non-traditional path that often flies in the face of the status quo. For instance, he says he never makes specific goals because they’re too restricive. He just does the best he can every day, and so far it has worked for him. Perhaps that optimism, flexibility, and positivity is something everyone could use to help improve their life and business.

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