Big Money 20’s main mission is to defeat candidates who do the bidding of special interests and instead allows billionaires and the special interests themselves to spend their own big money on electoral campaigns. Senator Ted Cruz, for example, went as far as to state that money can represent speech and argued that the campaign finance reform was about silencing the people. Which goes against the right to free speech.
End Citizens United (ECU) is a grassroots organization trying to overturn the 2010 Supreme Court case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (FEC), which legalized billionaires and special interests to anonymously spend unlimited amounts of money on their election campaigns. ECU’s main mission is to work to end such Big Money in politics and using methods of raising the issue to the public by doing things like endorse pro-reform candidates, work with state campaigns to pass pro-reform laws, and using memberships as an outlet of forum discussion. ECU’s current president and executive director, Tiffany Mueller holds the record for leading to organization to more than three million members and donations of over $25 million with the average member donation of almost $15. Her leadership has also led to the election of 15 pro-reform members, including Senator Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire.
ECU currently has a list of about 123 candidates. Some of these include Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, and Senator Elizabeth Warren. To ECU, being pro-reform is the understanding that elected officials are there to represent the country’s entire population and not just to favor large corporate companies.
The latest news that ECU is focused on is Paul Ryan’s retirement and the latest evidence of coordination between Rick Scott and the New Republican Super PAC. Claiming that he’s only responsible for their financial account, an FEC complaint investigation has found that Scott guilty of impulsively wiring $1.2 million of soft money into Super PAC without testing the Senate bid. Which also does not follow the finance limit regulations.
ECU has its headquarters in the Washington D.C. area.
The George W. Bush Presidential Center hosts a series titled “Engage at the Bush Center” that allow the public to connect with thought leaders and authors on vital issues and topics. Through this series, the Bush Center has exercised influence on both the local community in Dallas, as well as made an impact on the national stage. Learn more about Highland Capital at Crunchbase.
Highland Capital Support
Highland Capital Management, a global financial firm, has provided support to the Engage speaking series through a $10 million endowment, to support the Bush Center’s work and long-term goals. The gift was announced in January 2018.
Highland Capital has previously contributed $5 million to the Bush Center and is one of the Founding Benefactors which helped the Bush Center open its facilities in 2013.
The Engage series addresses topics such as applying the constitution to our modern world and understanding today’s news media landscape. One of the events sponsored by Highland Capital featured the speaker Christopher Scalia, son of Antonin Scalia. Scalia spoke about his book on his father’s favorite personal speeches.
Past events featured influential leaders such as Dr. Condoleeza Rice, Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush, and other public figures. Read more at bloomberg.com.
About Highland Capital Management
Highland Capital Management was co-founded by Jim Dondero and Mark Okada in 1993. The firm manages large accounts for pension plans, banks, insurance companies and charitable foundations. They also manage pooled investment vehicles and accounts for high net worth individuals. Highland Capital uses a value-based approach with a long-term view to build wealth for their clients.
Highland Capital has investment expertise in global alternative credit and has become one of the largest bank loan management companies in the world. They manage about $13 million in bank loans currently.
Highland Capital Management was named as one of the Best Places to Work in Money Management in 2017 by Pensions News.
Ever since Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart first met and started collaborating and creating music it has been a joy ride. Alex Pall has been on a journey that is continually challenging and changing him. As a DJ he loves making music with his partner Andrew Taggart. Together with the Chainsmokers, they are tested to continually define themselves in an ever-evolving soundscape.
Today it’s just not good enough to be good. Your fans and the music industry expect nex and better material and that added touch that makes you stand out from the rest of the other DJ’s. Then there is always the new talent that wants to follow and compete. Alex Pall realizes adding a twist to DJing by bringing in your songs is a unique way to set yourself apart.
Pall finds songwriting fin but a challenge because he doesn’t want to sing someone else’s words, but to make them his own. Alex Pall intends to make the words about his life and his experiences, so he always makes sure he puts his stamp of approval on whatever he and Andrew Taggart are showcasing. That can be a challenge because not everyone has the same experiences, but its possible to limit yourself to your message and not get so full in the stories you tell that your listeners are like wondering whose represented in the song.
Alex Pall is also interested in meeting the demands of his record label which applies the pressure on he and Andrew Taggart to present a unique and consistent base for their fans. Allex Pall feels their latest release “Closer,” is a step closer to identifying who they are as a group; plus, working with Halsey was an opportunity to work with a specially gifted person who adds to our identity.
Allex Pall sees the use of social media, like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook as good ways to get to know your fans and those who love your music.