The popular and respected philanthropist Betsy DeVos has been at the center of the education reform movement for many decades and has been, in my opinion, a major part of the reason why American parents now have the chance to play a key role in the way their children are educated. I believe the work of Betsy DeVos can be seen as beginning long before she was a major part of any political group or well known philanthropist; in fact, the U.S. Secretary of Education became involved with education reform when the movement was seen as radical and Betsy herself was a mother looking for the best education for her own children.
Betsy DeVos has taken a different approach to her work to bring about education reform in the U.S. as she believes this is a civil rights issue where parents should not be punished for the zip code they live in. In my opinion, Betsy DeVos has shown a great deal of impressive leadership through her roles as the leader of many different education based groups, such as the Alliance for School Choice and the All Children Matter Super PAC focused on bringing change to the education industry across the U.S.
Over the course of her life I have discovered Betsy DeVos has been a major political contributor and donor, beginning with her days as a student at Calvin College and continuing through her work with the Republican Party of Michigan; the busy life of Mrs. DeVos in terms of business and education reform has seen her take on a range of political activities in her home state and now across the U.S. One of the major aspects of her career has been the millions of dollars provided each year to education reform groups reflecting her own take on how best to make the education system better for students from all areas of the country.
In 2015 alone, Betsy DeVos and her husband Dick provided around $3 million in support of education reform groups, plus further funding given to support groups seeking to bring attention to the education reform movement. Betsy DeVos and her husband are reported to have provided more than $139 million in charitable donations to various groups in the five areas identified by the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation (dbdvfoundation.org) as of great importance across their lifetime. As part of the DeVos family that controls the direct sales company AmWay she is part of a family who, I believe, place a great deal of importance on the philanthropic aspects of life resulting in the family providing more than $1 billion in funding for various philanthropic groups.
Related article: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2016/01/devos_family_donations.html
Helane Morrison is among the few women who are making it in the corporate world. Through Hall Capital Partners LLC one is able to get a quick look at the career journey of Helane Morrison. She is currently the Managing Director, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Hall Capital Partners LLC. Before becoming an attorney, Helane Morrison was a journalist. She joined the University of California where she earned her J.D. Her law career started off when she worked as the law clerk of Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmum and U.S Court Of Appeal judge Richard A.Posner for two years.
Helane Morrison has worked at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin law firm from 1986-1996. While here she specialized in securities actions and Security Exchange Matters. In the year 1999, she joined the U.S Securities Exchange Commission where she was tasked with the responsibility of securities enforcement and regulatory issues in the commission. While here she was promoted to head of enforcement at the Securities Exchange Office in San Francisco.
The infamous global financial crisis, made people really doubt the United States financial stability and security. The corruption and lack of ethical standards that was revealed proved how much the financial sector was in dire need for reform and transformation. With these revelations the public mindset was slowly changing as they preferred to have their stocks being liquidated to gold. There have been calls for a better accountability mechanism for the financial sector and institutions. With the US presidential elections coming to a close, the country’s financial sector ought to be safeguarded to the fullest.
Helane Morrison joined the US Securities Exchange and through this she was able to ensure that people’s rights were not violated and that investigations were undertaken. It is said that the government took a long time to notice her capabilities and desire to protect the US financial sector. During her time at the commission, Helane instituted suits against some of the top business executives in the United States. She managed to make them accountable and through this she managed to raise business ethics to another notch. Her determination and resilience saw her being named as the first woman to be Head of Commission and Regional director. Helane Morrison managed to expose the false trading that American Amicable was undertaking and negatively impacted over 50,000 military personnel. Corrupt auditors were not exempted from Helane’s investigations and she managed to institute suits against auditors at Ernst and Young.
Charles and David Koch have seen their backing for the Republican Party in the U.S. demonized in recent years as liberal political activists have looked to strike fear into the hearts of the population by failing to provide a true sense of why the brothers are playing a major role with the GOP. Charles Koch has played a major role in U.S. politics and philanthropy for many years; the interests of the Wichita, Kansas based business leader who is ranked as the joint fifth wealthiest person in the U.S. alongside his brother David are varied, and take in the backing of more than just political causes.
Charles Koch has created a network
of hundreds of charitable and political groups working towards the same goals for the people of the U.S., but also backs causes he is personally interested in, such as the Wichita State basketball team. The network of groups backed by Charles Koch are based on the beliefs he himself holds
, but do not pose a threat to democracy as they stand to promote the idea of free thinking within a conservative mindset.
One of the main charges that has been laid at the feet of Charles and David Koch is that they promote the ideals that back only their own interests as business leaders, but the facts do not back up these charges as they have come out against policies that would aid their business options. Charles Koch has often fought against tax breaks he believes are unfair despite the fact they may ease the tax burden on both himself and the companies he heads.
Many within the U.S. media and liberal political parties have questioned why Charles Koch plays such as major role within the politics of the country, but his work in politics stretches back a number of decades. In terms of the GOP, the backing of President George W. Bush from 2003 onwards marks the start of major campaign funding for Charles and David Koch; hundreds of other wealthy conservative and Democrat donors also took advantage of campaign funding changes to make sure their political views were backed by the candidates of their choice.
Known for their impact on U.S. politics, the Koch brothers, Charles and David, believed their strategies had worked, placing them in prime position to elect a Republican president in 2016. Unfortunately, David Koch could not foresee Donald Trumps’ entering the election campaign. In the Vanity Fair article “Can the Koch Brothers Stop Trump?” Charles not only laments their lack of influence over the 2016 campaign but shares some of their reasons for opposing Trump. A serious dilemma looms; whether to invest in attacks against the Democratic presidential candidate or devote campaign resources to block Trump’s becoming the Republican Presidential nominee.
Charles, the older brother, doesn’t believe in party labels. After graduating from M.I.T
, the self-described “classical liberal” focused on expanding a free market that would support his family’s business goals. After a failed attempt to build a viable third party during the 1970’s, the Libertarians, the Kochs changed strategies to work through an existing party, the Republicans. Using their Libertarian network
, the Kochs would inject their philosophies, changing the party’s platform. During the 2012 campaign, Obama outmaneuvered their candidate, Mitt Romney. Trump has displaced their 2016 Libertarian candidate, captured media attention and espouses policies that Charles Koch feels
would end America’s free society.
The article continues, describing Koch’s covert efforts to harness the political system, describes the depth of the Trump dilemma, then discusses how Koch’s efforts have not only decentralized the political process but has inspired other wealthy mega-donors to shun existing political institutions to strike out on their own. The article concludes that these efforts have decreased the Koch’s carefully cultivated influence and have led to an era if uncertainty for Charles Koch’s family, businesses and politics.