How A PAC Is Seeking To End Citizens United

In 2010 the US Supreme Court made a decision that completely overhauled how elections operate in the nation. The decision made in Citizens United v. F.E.C. was that corporations are people and as such limiting how much they can give politicians who are running for elections is a restriction on their first amendment rights. The end result of this ruling is that politicians and the wealthy can now give as much as they want which had led to their voices completely drowning out everyone else’s when it comes to politics and who wins elections.

In response to overwhelming public dissent with this ruling, End Citizens United was founded as a political action committee (PAC) in March 2015. This PAC is funded by hundreds of thousands of grassroots donors across the United States who want to put reasonable limits on what the wealthy and corporations are able to spend influencing who wins elections and what legislation there is. They support politicians who are for campaign finance reform and against unlimited money in politics.

End Citizens United supports Democrats because only politicians in that party care to provide meaningful reform of the country’s campaign finance system. They don’t support Republicans because politicians in that party stand in the way of reforming campaign contribution limits, even though their own voters support that happening. In order to determine which candidate the PAC will support in key contests, they have each candidate fill out a questionnaire that asks specific questions about campaign finance reform and their thoughts about it.

PACS like End Citizen United already have their eyes on the 2018 midterm elections. Through just the first three months of 2017 End Citizen United had already raised more than $4 million dollars through small donors giving an average of $12. They are expecting to raise at least $35 million before the race for the midterm elections begins in full. This is a big upgrade over the $25 million it had taken in during the 2016 election cycle.

Out of the 100,000 people who have made donations to End Citizens United since the start of the year, and remarkable 40% were making the first political contribution of their lives. Tiffany Muller is the Executive Director and President of the PAC. Talking about the citizens who have been contributing to her PAC, she said that people across the country can see that the system is rigged against everyone who isn’t rich and well connected.

End Citizen United is supporting Jon Ossoff who is the Democrat candidate running in a special election for the House seat vacated by Tom Price. Their contribution of $500,000 led to his strong showing in the first round of the election and possible if not likely win of this traditionally Republican seat.

 

A Review Of The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) focuses on the development of transportation systems in Williamson and Travis counties. Under the leadership of Mike Heiligenstein, CTRMA has demonstrated its authority in the development of toll roads such as 183A and U.S. 290 East.

CTRMA is an independent government agency, which was established in 2001. With its assets totaling $1.8 billion, the agency does not have a taxing authority, but raises most of its funds (70 percent) from the private sector through the sale of investment bonds. The remaining portion is raised from public sources, especially the Texas Department of Transportation. Its seven-member board comprises experienced professionals from the business community.

In an effort to reduce congestion on the roads, CTRMA offers free roadside assistance through their Highway Emergency Response Operator (HERO) to motorists with minor breakdowns along Interstate 35 and U.S. 183.

They also have travel apps such Metropia, which provides real-time information on alternative routes. Their ridesharing app, CARMA, links commuters with drivers on similar routes. CTRMA is also building additional toll lanes along the highway connecting West Cesar Chavez Street and Parmer Lane under its Mopac Improvement Project. A section of the lane will start operating in June, but all lanes will be open to commuters in November. Express toll lanes will be functional by December.

With such impressive projects in the pipeline and others completed, CTRMA rewards its executive director, Mike Heiligenstein, with a salary that surpasses that of the chiefs of the Texas Department of Transportation.

In 2016, the governing board approved a compensation package of $366,112, compared to the executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation who earns $299,812. This amount is inclusive of a salary of $274,912, annual life insurance premium of $3,000, deferred compensation of $45,000 and a monthly car allowance of $850. This information was originally mentioned on My Statesman as outlined in this link http://www.mystatesman.com/news/opinion/things-know-about-the-central-texas-regional-mobility-authority/HuPXTyFcN0TaD5rcsPXZqN/

About Mike Heiligenstein

CTRMA became operational a year after it was incorporated where Mike Heiligenstein was appointed to provide the company with transformative leadership. The agency is undertaking different programs that will result in an asset base of $4 billion by 2020. In addition, the authority forecasts a revenue stream of $136.5 million by the same year.

His overwhelming success at the agency draws on his vast experience in enhancing transportation infrastructure in the region. For 23 years, Mike worked as a public officer in Williamson County where he expanded water and transportation infrastructure.

Mike served as the CEO of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA). The executive serves on the advisory boards of Texas A&M Transportation Institute and the WTS Heart of Texas Chapter. He is an alumnus of the University of Texas.

Perfect Fits for Rookie Breakouts

This year’s fantasy draft is full of potential sleepers, and every year we find ourselves in a position where we passed up on the perfect players to fill out our fantasy rosters. Here are two likely scenarios you could use to fill out your fantasy roster this year.

 

Deshaun Watson, QB

 

While Deshaun Watson probably won’t find himself in a Texans uniform, he’s a perfect fantasy match for the Jets. Known for his playmaking ability, Deshaun could easily find himself inside of a rookie year that’s strangely similar to Dak Prescott’s rookie performance. Despite another disappointing outing inside of the AFC East in 2016, it’s fair to say that the Jets talented roster is a quarterback away from competing for a bid in the playoffs. With an outstanding receiving core and a competitive defense, Deshaun may easily find the ball in his hands enough to make him an outstanding fantasy sleeper. As a Jet, he’ll easily find himself inside of favorable fantasy matchups throughout the year. This creates the perfect situation for a situational QB 2.

 

 

Mike Williams, WR

 

The Ravens are in desperate need of a franchise wide receiver, and Mike Williams looks like the perfect candidate to fill the role. After losing an outstanding wide receiving duo at the conclusion of the 2016 season, Joe Flacco is itching to find a reliable set of hands to throw the ball to. With great size and athleticism, Williams has earned a ticket into the first round. With any luck, he’ll find himself as the top target for a quarterback that threw for over four thousand yards last year.

 

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