The landmark decision by the Supreme Court in the Citizens United v. F.E.C. case changed the political landscape as far as campaign finance is concerned. The decision, which was given in 2010, states that corporations, labor unions, and other similar organizations are free under the first amendment to engage in political campaigning right up until Election Day. This right had been previously reserved for private citizens only, as it was felt that large corporations would be able to influence elections in a way the people couldn’t. Through the limitless and unregulated donations, large corporations can give to candidates through Super PACs, they are able to trade monetary support for political leverage after the election. This puts large corporations at an advantage over private citizens in terms of what policy decisions are being made in their names.
Combating this corruption that has spread through Washington is End Citizens United. They are a not-for-profit Political Action Committee that formed in 2015 with the mission to enact some common sense campaign finance reform in Congress. So far, under the leadership of Tiffany Muller, they have raised almost $35 million to help fund campaigns of candidates committed to campaign finance reform and staunchly opposed to taking special interest money of any kind. That $35 million comes from an average donation of $14, showing the grassroots nature of an organization committed to defending the voting power wielded by the average American.
One of the tools End Citizens United has developed involves disseminating information about some of the congressmen taking special interest money. The “Big Money 20” is a list of the worst offenders of this pay-to-play strategy that has become so rampant in Washington. They take money from Big Pharma, Big Tobacco, Big Oil, Wall Street, and others, and in turn, play the role of advocate for their interests whenever a bill comes around that will be of benefit.
A great example of someone who belongs on the Big Money 20 is California representative Duncan Hunter. Hunter is a known Tobacco industry yes-man who earned the name “The Vaping Congressman” for his hard push on legislation easing regulations on the industry, while at the same time receiving a $50,000 bump in donation funds. Hunter is also known for trying to slash funds to the House Office of Congressional Ethics while simultaneously being investigated by said office for misusing campaign funds for personal expenditures including trips overseas and video games.
You may also check https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/04/how-to-reverse-citizens-united/471504/ for more.
Doe Deere has an interesting name, and an even more interesting life. Russian born, she grew up in the sprawling city of New York where she studied design and fashion. She found inspiration and was talented enough to start her own company Lime Crime Cosmetics. She also claims the distinction of being the first female entrepreneur to launch a makeup company online. No one can deny that she is a trendsetter and disrupter in her field. She now calls Los Angeles home, and her cosmetic line is colorfully bold and free from harmful ingredients and chemicals.
What Drives Doe Deere’s Success?
Inspiration always comes from somewhere. Deere started out with her own clothing design. She was also a model for her own website clothing line. When becoming frustrated that she couldn’t find the bright colors she wanted, she created her own. This is usually the case with entrepreneurs who find a way to fulfill a need—even it if is their own.
A love for makeup and fairy tales also drives her creative abilities. This love provides the basis for her product line of makeup that is fun and environmentally-friendly. The unicorn is her choice for a company mascot. Many retail and online stores, local and international, carry her product lines.
She started operations in 2004 and sold some of her clothing lines through eBay where she opened her first digital store. It took her less than a year to realize a steady stream of sales. She launched her makeup line four years later. She understood good marketing and provided online tutorials that flourished in popularity.
Education and Experience Always Matter
Education is also critical for success with any endeavor. Entrepreneurs usually have a strong grasp of their own industry trends, and this enables them to get out in front of the competition. Lime Crime taught Doe Deere a lot about fashion trends and how they flow. Another quality of most entrepreneurs is that they simply “do” it. They have no real idea of how things will unfold.
She also blogged about her products and things related to them. Any entrepreneur will attest that blogging can help establish authority on a subject. It is important to express knowledge about topics that a person cares about the most. She offers wise advice to always lend an ear to customer feedback. Customers spread the good news about products they like, and they also spread the news about products they do not like. Joe Deere is up-and-coming, and worthy of the respect she is gaining in her industry.
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For “former” marines, the mission to serve and protect is never over. Ronald Fowlkes is the Director of Business Development at FirstSpear. He also wears the hat of co-owner. His resume includes having graduated from the Army’s prestigious Jump School. He has also served in the St. Louis Police Department as a SWAT group member. He first affiliated with FirstSpear during his tenure as a marine. He found something special in the organization.
He marveled at the design and durability of the company’s equipment line. The equipment held up well under the toughest of scenarios. His interest really peaked once he learned that FirstSpear manufactures their equipment in his home town. He brought both military and sales experience to FirstSpear. His past placed him in a unique position to understand the company’s mission and what it needs to lead its industry. For more than two decades, Fowlkes has involved himself in the design and development of top-of-the-line gear for enlisted military and law enforcement.
As a spokesman and leader for the company, he loves representing the finest tactical gear on the market. His own experiences inspire him to make such a claim. The company makes much of its money through Department of Defense contracts, business gained in the field, and through trade shows and other marketing programs. The company can also add NATO to its list of affiliates. The company manufactures its products in America. Customer service is king for repeat business and satisfied customers.
Ronald Fowlkes is also a sports enthusiast. His medium blog offers some insights about his interests. OpenSports is an organization that organizes weekly hockey games for people in North Carolina. The truth is Fowlkes has something in common with everyone who realizes success. He focuses on what needs to get done and likely has a daily ritual that he follows.
No doubt, working with FirstSpear helps Fowlkes to feel balanced and centered. Having been a former marine, he likely keeps his body, soul, and mind in balance as well. He knows what focus and commitment is all about, and the good that it can cause in a person’s life.
It seems like every time that you turn on the television or every time you read a magazine, the term butt lift appears. The 21st century has been able to make people feel more comfortable as well more liberal. Butt lifts weren’t always a welcomed addition in society. In most cases, butt lifts were generally received by people that was able to spare no expense. Oh how times have changed as these advanced-medical procedures are now being received by people of the middle-class. Unlike the traditional butt lifts that require much more cutting-and-sewing, Brazilian butt lifts can yield just as good results.
Liposuction is heavily used in Brazilian butt lifts. The goal is to get body fat from one body part to the next. Tiny incisions are made right on the buttocks and then the surgeon will work his magic by sculpting the best butt possible. This procedure can last up to three hours because the fat has to be purified before it goes back into the body. General anesthesia will be provided, which will create the perfect relaxed setting for the patient. Some of the major things about butt lift surgery is that you must be able to maintain your body weight before the surgery, and you must retain your body weight after the surgery. Now is not the time to be going on any kind of diet or fasting program.
Any bad habits such as smoking and drinking should be drastically limited or even completely abolished during this timeframe. Another important aspect of butt lift surgery is that the patient must be in good psychological health. If you’re unstable, then there isn’t a doctor/surgeon who will perform this service. Two high-quality mentions in the Dallas region goes to Dr. Bradley Hubbard of the Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute and to Dr. Jon Kurkjian of J.K. Plastic Surgery Center.
Dr. Jacob Jay Gottlieb, MD, CFA, PRMIA is an investment manager currently specializing in Alternative Investment Specialties such as hedge funds. Dr. Gottlieb is a graduate of Brown University with a Bachelor’s Degree in economics and currently is a managing partner at Visium Assessment Management.
While much of his work these days is in the financial world, Dr. Gottlieb is a medical doctor and graduated magna cum laude from New York University Medical School. He became an internal medicine specialist before becoming captivated by the workings of Wall Street and the financial markets and changing his career trajectory forever.
While Dr. Gottlieb has become one of the most respected financial advisers in New York and across the country, he is also dedicated to returning to those who need it and has worked with numerous charities over the years. One of the most recent is Covenant House.
Covenant House is a charity which has dedicated itself to changing the lives of thousands of homeless children and families. The charity also works to help trafficked children and runaways, too. Covenant House provides these children with housing and deeper support services to help these young boys and girls survive away from the streets and away from people who might wish to cause them harm. Covenant House helps the children they take off the streets adjust to life with a roof over their heads and with options for the future.
As for Dr. Gottlieb, while he spends his days providing his unique insights on the fluctuations and patterns of the financial market, he also volunteers his time and money to charities that need it and can use it most effectively, such as Covenant House. He works directly with homeless children to offer them a future where they can hopefully be healthy and achieve the kind of success that has made Dr. Gottlieb so valued on Wall Street.