Dick DeVos’ Wide Circle of Influence

Dick DeVos is a very generous individual. While he was raised to give away many things by his father who started Amway, Dick and his wife Betsy rose to prominence when they helped to create Grand Action in Grand Rapids, Michigan, changing the city’s skyline forever. Today, the couple continue to advocate for changes that will make life better for everyone while sharing a particular passion for today’s youth.

 

Grand Action

 

Originally started as Grand Vision in 1991, Dick DeVos was instrumental in pursuing the building of a new convention center and sports arena in Grand Rapids. He sought input from more than 50 business leaders in a variety of industries. Today, that original committee has grown to more than 250 individuals who are responsible for galvanizing the community support which has resulted in the building of the Van Andel Arena, DeVos Place, Meijer Majestic Theater and the Grand Rapids Downtown Market. The couple gave over $50 million to create the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. The organization remains at the forefront in seeking buildings that can be converted to make the city an even better place to reside. Learn more: http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170602/NEWS/170609993/dick-and-betsy-devos

 

Right-to-work State

 

Dick DeVos was instrumental in making Michigan a right-to-work state even though Michigan had been the birthplace of organized labor. Dick and Betsy DeVos gave over $2 million to defeat a pro-union constitutional amendment because they believe that Americans working side-by-side creates a free democracy that is unstoppable.

 

School Vouchers

 

Dick along with his wife believe that school vouchers give every child the right to the education that they deserve. While Dick was educated in a public school, Betsy attended a private one. When it came time to educate their own children, they sought the benefits of a private school. It was not, however, until the two met the students and staff at Potter’s House that they became convinced that great things happened in private schools regardless of economic circumstances. The husband-and-wife team generously support the work of this school along with helping to fund an aviation high school at the Grand Rapids Airport.

 

Political Support

 

The couple has also been very active in politics. They have given money to many candidates for president including Marco Rubio. Through their family foundation, they have also supported numerous political groups including American Enterprise Institute, the Federalist Society, the Heritage Foundation, Council for National Policy, the Acton Institute, Traditional Values Coalition, and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

End Citizens United Backs Senator Warren, Tackles Campaign Finance Reform.

We know that big money and special interests in the political realm are a problem, especially in the United States. Billionaire donors are going out of their way to fundamentally sway entire elections, subverting the will of the people and breaking the concept of democracy. The problem of money in politics may seem like an enduring one but the truth is that it hasn’t always been this way. We can go back as recently as 2010 to see where it all got started: Citizens United.

 

Citizens United is a conservative group that lobbied the Supreme Court in order to loosen the strings of financial regulation on campaign contributions. Their surface reason was for ‘freedom’ but the deeper reason was obvious: to give millionaire and billionaire donors the chance to fundamentally sway election campaigns. Somehow Citizens United passed the smell test and the Supreme Court ruled in their favor. That was only seven years ago but the country is still in shambles.

 

Since this Supreme Court ruling there have been numerous PACs that have sprouted up in order to attack this ruling but few have been very successful. End Citizens United is run by President Tiffany Muller, a former adviser to Democrats in the Senate. Muller has been able to get things going in a big way, generating interest and bringing in sizable contributions from everyday Americans looking to fight back against the oppressive ruling class. Muller cites the rise of Donald Trump and the anger of independents and progressives as the primary driving force behind her success.

 

The goal for 2017 is for End Citizens United to raise a staggering $35 million. Through the first three months of the year the team at End Citizens United managed to raise over 100,000 individual donations that totaled out to nearly $4 million. These donations came from everyday Americans who felt that they were losing sight of their country and being ignored in favor of people like Donald Trump and the billionaire Koch Brothers. These donations allow End Citizens United to endorse legislators who will actively fight against the Citizens United decision in the Supreme Court.

 

After endorsing Jon Ossoff in his exciting run in Georgia, a deep red state, End Citizens United has gotten back to work with finding more politicians to reach out to. Most recently End Citizens United endorsed Senator Elizabeth Warren, one of the top Democrats in the entire Senate. Senator Warren is one of the most popular Democrats on Capitol Hill and she may one day actually run for President. Warren is vocally anti-Citizens United and has promised to attack campaign finance reform. Senator Warren and End Citizens United make a perfect match and could be a game changer in the future.