There are only a few months left until people are able to vote in the midterm elections of 2018 and End Citizens United is continuing to announce their support of candidates who strongly support campaign finance reform. After the decision of the Supreme Court in 2010 in the case involving Citizens United and the Federal Election Commission, PAC’s were officially allowed to raise large amounts of money without having to disclose who was donating it to them. End Citizens United seeks to overturn this decision and make it so campaign financing is transparent and are seeking to reform campaign financing in a variety of different ways.
By being allowed to accept money without informing the public about where it came from, End Citizens United believes that candidates are more likely to act in the interests of the “Big Money” and corporations instead of the citizens of the US. End Citizens United raises money to support campaign reform through grassroots fundraising to support candidates who share their strong beliefs about campaign financing. While they may have only been established in 2015, they are quickly becoming a powerful player in politics. Instead of raising large amounts of money from a few donors, ECU has raised an average of just $14 from each of their more than 400,000 supporters. When it comes to the 2018 elections, they are expecting to raise more than $35 million.
There are only 6 members of the House of Representatives that refused to take any money from PAC’s, one of these being Beto O’Rourke. For 6 years, Beto O’Rourke held a seat in the 16th Congressional District of Texas and is currently looking to take Ted Cruz’ place in the Senate. Ted Cruz has been controlled by special interest groups and corporations for a long time, and End Citizens United believes that it is time to put a stop to it. He would like to make sure that big money loses a lot of their power that they have over politics and has voted for the amendment known as Democracy for All that seeks to overturn the Supreme Court Decision concerning Citizens United.
An important field in medical sciences is getting a new boost from Omar Boraie, who has contributed 1.5 million dollars to Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. These new funds are being used to bring a new chair to the Genomic Science Department where physician scientists are working to advance the field of precision medicine.
The Omar Boraie Chair in Genomic Science has been created to help researchers and physicians research new methods of treating patients using a specific treatment based on the patient’s genome. Creating an individualized treatment system for each patient helps ensure a better outcome, and eliminates many of the negative side effects from more generalized treatment therapies.
A better understanding of the human genome along with reduced cost in producing complete sequences of patients DNA has allowed scientists to look at precision medicine as a real alternative when treating patients. Rare cancers, hard to treat cancers, and those who have very limited paths of treatment will benefit from a personalized therapy. Looking at the complete sequence of a person’s genome will also allow physicians to ensure that they will not lead a person into a different illness when treating.
Boraie has long been interested in cancer research, and hopes that his contribution will inspire others to contribute to this vital research. The Omar Boraie chair is a part of an ’18 chair challenge’ started by an anonymous donor willing to match donations of $1.5 million for each of 18 chairs. This challenge has so far resulted in $3 million to the Cancer Institute at Rutgers. The New Jersey university has established themselves as a founding institution to integrate genomic sciences with precision medicine, and continues to be the only institute to do so in the garden state.
Shridar Ganesan, MD, PhD, has been named to the newly established chair. Dr. Ganesan is a well regarded oncologist who has been with Rutgers since 2005, and plays a crucial role in the field. The new chair member stresses the importance of understanding how diseases like cancer are not just a single illness, but instead are a collection of diseases.
To find out more information about Rutgers work with genomic sciences, Omar Boraie, or Shridar Ganesan check out the article that has been published through NewsWise.
There are some people in the United States who had money in 2014. Over $350 billion was donated to various organizations during the year. This is an amount that is comparable to what was being given before the recession took place. It’s a sign that the job market could be improving as people have more money to spend on things other than the necessities in life. It could also mean that money is simply being given away because people just don’t care anymore. As more people begin to feel like they are in charge of their money again, they will begin to donate money to charities like they were reports Shaygan Kheradpir on his personal website. Some of these are people who have received help from the same organizations they are donating to in order to pay back the kindness that was shown. If everyone works together, then the economy could get back on the right track at some point.