In 2010, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling that sent shock waves across the country. It was the kind of ruling that comes out once in a generation. The case was Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (FEC), and the ruling favored Citizens United. The situation stems from the 2008 presidential campaign and how donor contributions should be reported. A recent article on the website XRepublic discusses the case, ruling, and ramifications of the case in greater detail.
The case began when Citizens United was going to run a 90 minute film attacking Hilary Clinton’s 2008 presidential run. The FEC determined this film to simply be a long campaign ad, and required Citizens United to reveal the donor. In response, the FEC was sued and the case worked up to the Supreme Court. The court ruling essentially defends the first amendment, but the real issue is how wealthy or foreign donors can participate in political campaigns and remain anonymous. The group trying to overturn the decision finds this especially dangerous.
Now with new rules in affect, political campaigns could be swayed to the Republican party. The average party member has more money than their Democrat counterparts and will no longer be held liable for any ad they choose to run. It would also likely increase the number of television and radio ads going out during the election season. There has been outrage over the ruling from many public organizations, including the newly formed End Citizens United. The wealthy can spend more and not have to disclose any information.
This is where the organization End Citizens United comes into play. They are run by a large team with a diverse and rich background into the world politics and fundraising. End Citizens United has created a simple two-step plan to lead to the overturning of the supreme court’s ruling. Step 1 is to find and support candidates who believe in fairer election laws. Once elected, step 2 is take action to remove the ruling. This is a long process, but End Citizens United is ready for the long fight.
Mike Bagguley also known as Michael Roy Andrew Bagguley attended the University of Warwick and received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 1988. Mike Bagguley now holds the position of Cheif Operating Officer for Barclay’s Investment Bank located in London. A position he was promoted to from the head of the macro markets business. Bagguley is tasked with the position to accelerate and leverage the delivery of a strategy that was already in progress for the investment bank’s portfolio. Mike Baggulely has to effectively cut the bank’s cost andimprove the bank’s profitability.
Mike Bagguley was also asked to help align infrastructure functions and help coordinate and deliver projects because of his extensive knowledge and background in overseeing the reduction in size and reshaping of the macro market business because it was unprofitable and attempt to streamline the operations. It included interest rates, credit, foreign exchange, and commodity products.
Mike Bagguley also helped turn around the third quarter account with macro markets which makes him a huge asset as the new Chief Operator Officer. He has proven to have great success on showing progress and quickly delivering to clients to improve current relationships as well as creating new business relationships.
Barclay’s goal is to cut back on trading activities so that they can put more focus on others areas, such as equities and advisory because they haven’t been as hurt by the regulation changes. Mike Bagguley is definitely the right guy to take on this position and task for Barclay to get the results they desire and beyond. Bagguley has a proven track record of cutting cost and increasing profits, while still delivering quickly.
Informed voters always make the right decision. That’s why a political action committee known as End Citizens United has teamed up with Beto O’Rourke to educate you about campaign finance. Beto O’Rourke has been serving in Congress for the state of Texas and is now running against conservative incumbent Ted Cruz for his Senate seat in the 2018 midterms. And you just have to follow the money in order to be informed about these two candidates. View their financial information on Open Secrets.
Beto O’Rourke, who has been endorsed by End Citizens United, only takes small donations from individual citizens. This is what fuels his campaign and he has been able to raise almost as much money as Ted Cruz. The source of these funds allows him to go to Washington in order to fight for the people of Texas and nobody else. He is not beholden to interstate businesses or large corporations like Ted Cruz.
Ted Cruz, on the other hand, takes millions of dollars worth of donations from massive corporations and it is all protected by Citizens United. The Supreme Court decision ruled that corporations can spend an unlimited amount of cash to help influence elections. They found that corporations are people with First Amendment protections and that those corporations express their freedom of speech through spending. Ted Cruz takes advantage of this legal loophole to do the bidding of big business in Washington. Ted Cruz is the swamp. Follow the group on facebook.com.
Beto O’Rourke and End Citizens United want to see an end to this practice. They both believe that individual citizens have the power of the vote and corporations should have no influence over election cycles. They also believe that politicians become corrupt when they accept donations from corporations because they fall under heavy pressure from the large donor.
The recent End Citizens United poll shows that the Democratic challenger is on the heels of Ted Cruz. This is optimistic news as we are just months away from the 2018 midterm elections. And Beto O’Rourke could upset the longtime conservative senator from Texas if he receives enough online individual donations to combat the GOP’s negative attack ads.
Fortress Investment Group was formed in 1998 as a private equity firm. Its founders are Randal Nardone, Wes Edens, and Rob Kauffman. It was established with an aim of offering new investment solutions as an alternative asset firm. The three principals brought in vast experience and expertise from the various previous positions in the financial sector to the management of the company.
Currently, Fortress operates as a diversified asset management firm globally. It has over 43 billion dollars’ worth of assets under its control. The firm serves about 1,750 investors in areas of private equity, hedge funds, and permanent capital vehicles. It primarily focuses on asset investments, management of operations and capital markets. It also specializes in the management of mergers and acquisitions as well as analysis of companies and institutions specific knowledge in the industry.
Fortress Investment Group had one of its major breakthroughs in 2007 through the Initial Public Offering (IPO). At this time, it ranked as the only private equity firm to feature publicly the New York Stock Exchange. It was a significant move towards its growth and development. Following this highlight, SoftBank expressed its interests in purchasing the firm which was received positively by the company’s management. SoftBank’s acquired Fortress to enhance its future goals of venturing into the alternative assets investments. The Japanese technology company bought Fortress for 3.3 billion dollars.
However, Fortress Investment Group continues its operations as an independent entity. The company will not have to be traded publicly anymore. It will also have access to a wider-range of clients and partners in Asia. SoftBank will easily blend Fortress’s institutional structure with vital investment activities such as compliance and investor relations. According to the two firms, Fortress will only work alongside the Vision Fund without any direct involvements with it. As such, the move is beneficial to both firms. The successful acquisition of Fortress pushes forward SoftBank’s plans to establish a new firm in London offering financial services. It will create job opportunities for about 1,000 people.
Fortress Investment Group head offices are located in New York. Besides the excellent leadership, Fortress also takes pride in a diverse team of over 900 employees.
Upwork is the poster child of productivity and project completion. Upwork presents simple, responsive and affordable solutions for clients to hire freelancers. Upwork has some powerful tools you can implement for productivity immediately. Roaming through your task list can kill your productivity. Here are some actionable tips from Upwork to take your work to the next level.
Write All Tasks Down
Writing down all your tasks gives your brain the luxury of forgetting it. This allows you to use your limited attention to focus on your most important task at hand. Capture everything then organize and prioritize it.
Write Your List Down The Night Before.
Plan your day the night before and decide what you will start first. Your energy is at its peak in the morning. It creates the most useful habit you can build.
How long will the task take? When will you start them? How long does each step take to complete? These are the questions you should be asking yourself. It creates a realistic view of what you can accomplish in a specified period.
Without priorities, you don’t have time. Assigning priorities allows you to use limited energy to impact your day. Priorities safeguard your time and effort regardless of interruptions.
Check your task list weekly. If you find yourself putting off a particular task, there is a good chance it is not necessary. Delete that task and move on. Less is more when productivity is on the line.
Zoom In and Out
Break down your task into small accomplishable steps with times allocated. Breaking down the tasks zooms in on the reality of the project. Timing them and adding it up, generates a big picture plan so you will not overcommit. Each completed subtask will create momentum for you.
Specify Energy Levels
Designing your day according to your energy levels allows you to arrive at a new spectrum of productivity. Assigning low, medium or high energy to your task, gives you a panoramic view of what to expect.
After being a real estate entrepreneur for a number of years, Dr. Mark McKenna has started up a company in a new industry. His new company is called OVME which specializes in cosmetic procedures. He founded this company in an effort to meet the growing demand for more personalized cosmetic treatment. Every day there are numerous people who are looking to get cosmetic treatments such as Botox. However, they often need to go to either a hospital or a clinic where the service is not very personalized. Therefore patients feel like they are not important. However, Dr. Mark McKenna looked to address this by founding a cosmetic healthcare boutique which provides some of the most interactive and accommodating cosmetic treatment available.
When Dr. Mark McKenna founded OVME, he looked to help patients who were looking for the most comprehensive cosmetic treatment around. With his company OVME, he has built the company into being one that provides one of the most welcoming atmospheres. Patients who come to a OVME boutique will immediately feel at home as the staff is very friendly as well as being very competent in providing a variety of procedures. Anyone who comes to one of the OVME boutique’s will be able to get their treatments done quickly and on the same day. As a result, OVME is one of the leading outpatient cosmetic treatment establishments.
One of the things that makes OVME a unique andinnovative cosmetic treatment boutique is its atmosphere. Whenever someone comes to OVME, they will get the same treatment that you get at a spa. You will be treated very well and the staff is willing to do anything possible to ensure that all of your needs are met. OVME looks to provide the highest quality service to patients which have enabled patients to leave the boutique completely satisfied. Dr. Mark McKenna has said that the boutique has been at the forefront of innovating elective healthcare. With his clinic, a number of people have had the opportunity to get the treatment they need in a manner that is minimally invasive. As a result, OVME has emerged as one of the best options when it comes to getting quick and comfortable cosmetic treatments.
If there is one thing that deserves to be eliminated from the face of the earth, then it has to be anti-Semitism. In this day and age, no human being should be discriminating against fellow human beings for any reason. When there are people who hold hate against an entire community, this then becomes unacceptable human behavior.
Anti-Semitism should not be given space to thrive among the people. It should be condemned in the strongest terms possible. It is a backward behavior that is maintained by people who do not have respect for fellow human beings.
The main supporters of anti-Semitism are extremists groups. These are groups composed of radical Islamists, far-left and far-right. When these groups come together to support a cause that will lead to discrimination and alienation of one community, then their ideological inclinations lose meaning. No ideology should stand for hate no matter.
Those who oppose anti-Semitism are applying efforts towards its eradication. One such person is Adam Milstein, a Jewish community leader. He has been exploring the possibilities that can be utilized by those who oppose the hate to win over their rivals.
Milstein has been sensitizing the Jews on the importance of fighting discrimination. He has also been calling upon non-Jews to see the dangers that anti-Semitism creates and supports efforts aimed at eliminating it. It is the silence of the people who are not directly affected which ends up hurting a whole community. In the past extremist minorities have shown that they can be disastrous to the existence of the Jews. The minority who were against Jews were the cause of the Holocaust.
About Adam Milstein
Adam Milstein was born in Israel. He moved to the United States in 1981. He first pursued an MBA at the University of Southern Carolina before pursuing business initiatives in the real estate sector. Currently, he serves as the managing partner of the Hager Pacific Properties.
Adam Milstein is supporting the unity of all Jews as one way of forming a formidable force to resist anti-Semitism. Those who support it want the Jewish community to disintegrate so that they can eliminate them with ease. However, this cannot happen in a united community.
Greatness can come in a variety of forms, and greatness can be possessed by individuals as well as businesses. Home improvement is at the pinnacle of popular industries. One of the best ways to add some extra property value to your home is by participating in a home-improvement project. Of course, this actually means that the homeowner should hire a licensed and bonded general contractor. Some home-improvement services can be completed by a do-it-yourself kind of guy while other home-improvement services should be completed by a professional. This is the case with Aloha Construction. This particular company has set new trends within this specific industry, and it won’t be going out of business anytime soon.
Aloha Construction is a quintessential general contractor. The company has grown in physical size as well as grown in the total amount of employees. Ethics play a key role in conducting business, and ethics play a key role in repeat customers. Though the company has completed more than 19,000 projects, a good percentage of its actual projects have come via repeat service. There are many municipalities that directly benefit from Aloha Construction, including Hoffman Estates, Pekin, Libertyville, Mortan, Vernon Hills, Round Lake Beach, Washington, Peoria, Round Lake and the Chicagoland area. This extensive geographical coverage spreads out across the entire state of Illinois as well as Southern Wisconsin. This is progressive action at its finest.
Unlike most of the competitors that are in this class, Aloha Construction is looking to build strong relationships with its customers and clients. The company has 10 years of experience under its belt, and it’s looking to be around for another 10 years in the future. Aloha Construction has strong ties to its local community. The company exudes outstanding ethics, displays prime leadership and has strong social responsibility. These fine attributes have gone on to help the company win the prestigious Torch Award.
Sahm Adrangi and Kerrisdale Capital claim that St. Joe Company (NYSE: JOE) is stuck in the swamp according to its recent report. St. Joe is a real estate development organization that has its central office near Panama City Beach on Florida. The company is valued at $1 billion which Adrangi claims it is too high of a valuation. Kerrisdale capital came up with a 28-page comprehensive report about St. Joe. In the report, Adrangi argues that the company is real value is 40% less the current stated amount. He gave many reasons behind his significantly low value of St. Joe stating that the company has overvalued land holdings. Moreover, Adrangi claims that the company has issues with its largest shareholder as well as stalled commercial development in the location.
St. Joe’s main agenda was to develop a planned ideal place for commercial business including a place for retirees in the Panama City Beach area. The company used a lot of money to purchase a big piece of land and has started developing and monetizing its beach properties. However, there are some of the places on the piece of land that has remained isolated with nothing going on and are not anywhere close to the beach.
According to the report that Sahm Adrangi produced, it shows that there has been minimal progress on the project since it began in the last ten years. He claims that the project that St. Joe had planned is highly publicized and the efforts required to change the organization into its current value are entirely unrealistic.
In addition to this, Sahm Adrangi believes that the company is overvalued because its major shareholder, the Fairholme Fund might have to liquidate some of its shares of the company based on the new SEC rules. According to Adrangi, only few trading days remaining in 2018 and those will not allow Fairholme to sell its shares without affecting St. Joe share price.
There has not been much commercial development around the area of St. Joe and the few brick and mortar stores around are shutting down at a high rate. Sahm Adrangi is the Founder and CIO of Kerrisdale capital.
William Saito’s career started out with him coming up with new ideas for biometrics. He wanted to make things better for himself and for others. He knew a lot about security and knew what he wanted to do with security. For William Saito, the point of creating a positive experience for everyone in the industry as so he could show people different options. It was also so he could make sure things were as secure as possible. No matter what he had to do or where he was using the information, he could make biometrics a possibility in the industry. It was his goal to keep giving people a chance at a better experience. The changes happened when he took the time to come up with these ideas and that’s how he pushed to make things happen no matter what. By looking at all these options, William Saito could try things that were different from others.
By the time William Saito started working for the Japanese government, he already had a solid foundation in biometrics and cybersecurity. They used him as an advisor and that helped him make things easier on the people he worked with. There were times where he was able to teach people about all the options he created. It made sense for him to do it since he was the one who came up with a lot of information related to the industry. He always saw himself as an expert and other people saw him as that too.
William Saito continues working on cybersecurity and biometrics, but he knows he can do even more in his career. He wants people to see him as someone they can turn to for other needs. He also wants to make sure he can help people have a strong understanding of the things they can get from different situations. For William Saito, the point of doing this wasn’t to get famous. Instead, it was to help people build a connection with the way cybersecurity played a part in their lives. He wanted it to become a widespread idea of helping other people.