BESTY DEVOS, THE IRON LADY OF EDUCATION AND POLITICS

Elisabeth Betsy DeVos is an American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a politician. She was born in January 8th 1958.she is the current Secretary of Education in the Trump administration. Besty DeVos is the daughter of Edgar Prince who founded the Prince Corporation. Erick Prince, the founder of Blackwater and a former Navy Seal officer is Betsy’s brother.mrs DeVos is married to Mr. Dick DeVos who was previously CEO of a marketing company Amway.

Mrs. DeVos is a Republican wherein 1992 to 1997 served as the Republican National Committee chairwoman from Michigan. That was besides being the chairwoman of the Michigan Republican party from 1996 to 2000 and again reelected to the same post in 2003.

DeVos is best known for championing school choice, school voucher plans, charter school systems and her attachments to the Reformed Christian Community. Besides Mrs. DeVos serving as a member of the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, she also served as the chair to the Board of Alliance for School of Choice and Action Institute and is the head of All Children Matter PAC.

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Dick and Betsy DeVos started a family foundation in 1989.according to the organization’s website, the foundation’s giving is faith motivated and centered on leadership development, foster transformation and support in five key areas namely; education, community, arts, justice and leadership.

The DeVos Foundation made $11.6 million in charity giving adding to the couple’s lifetime of charity giving to $139million in 2015.The DeVos family foundation Is ranked by Forbes at no. 24 on its list of America’s top donors in 2015.

The organization has been focusing mostly on funding Christian Organizations and Christian Private Schools. From years 1999 to 2014, the foundation has donated $100 million. Half of this amount went to Christian groups. Top on the list of agencies funded by the Foundation include; Michigan’s Foundation for Traditional Values; Focus on the Family, Center for Individual Rights; Acton Institute; the Justice Institute, Center for Individual Rights, the Pregnancy Resource Center in Michigan, Right to Life Michigan Educational Fund, and Baptists for life.

These organizations have been top beneficiaries. Devos and her family founded Art Prize in 2009 an international competition based on art and held in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Personally, Betsy Devos raised over $150 000 towards the reelection campaign of Bush. During the Bush administration, DeVos served for two years as the finance chairperson where she was involved with various projects.

The DeVos family has been active members of the Republican Party and its politics and has been the major donor to the candidates in the party since 1989 where they have given more than $17 million. The family hoped that through the donations, the Republican Party would win elections and promote good governance and support sound policies.

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George Soros reiterates his Political Inclinations with massive Donations

The last election cycle saw the billionaire businessman and philanthropist; George Soros makes a huge splash in the campaign financing front. According to a report that appeared on Politico on July 2016, Soros committed over $25 million to support Democratic Party Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and other Democrats downstream. The billionaire had scaled down his political giving in 2004, when he donated $27 million in an effort to defeat President George Bush. Confidants close to him say the tally was likely to be higher by the time elections are held. Soros also confided that he will grace his first Democratic Convention to watch Clinton officially become the Democratic Party nominee for president.

The 86 year old Hungarian born billionaire who is based in New York has had a long standing relationship with the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton. One of his political advisors, Michael Vachon told the press that Soros support for the Democratic Party causes had moved a notch higher in the 2016 election cycle. Many see his latest political push as informed by his faith in Clinton’s candidacy and fear of Donald Trump, the GOP nominee for President. Soros is enraged with Trump and has accused him of a number of things, including support for ISIS. Before his nomination, Soros camp feared the Republican Party nominee for president will reverse most of issues Soros cares about when he is elected the president.

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Soros has been a staunch supporter of immigration reforms, religious tolerance, and criminal justice reforms among other things. The support by Soros to Clinton and the Democratic Party was seen as a catalyst that would spur more donors and activists with deep pockets to chime in. The elite group donors who made their donations known include New York hedge funder Don Sussman, San Francisco environmentalist Tom Steyer, and media entrepreneurs, Haim Saban and Fred Eychaner. At the time, Tom Steyer had donated $31 million, Don Sussman $13.2 million and Haim Saban and Fred Eychaner had offered slightly over $11 million each.

An excerpt on Forbes magazine estimates Soros real time net worth as of March 2017 to be $25 billion. The brief profile reveals that Soros studied at the London School of Economics while working as a railway porter and waiter. He later moved to New York and soon headed to Wall Street. Armed with $12 million, Soros established his own hedge fund in 1969. In 1992, he famously shorted the UK pound and made $1 billion. The feat earned his the moniker, the man who broke the bank of England. George Soros remains an active trader and is the Chairman of Soros Fund Management (SFM) and the Open Society Foundations (OFS). The latter supports various philanthropic efforts from civil rights to democratic governance.