Entrepreneur Dick DeVos

Most people have seen the DeVos family in the news this past year. Part of that is because of philanthropy, and the other part is the moves that the family is making politically. For the last time, the DeVos family worked with the Michigan Republican Party, but as Betsy DeVos was elected to become the 11th US Secretary of Education, everything changed. Dick DeVos also started working with the FAA in September 2017, showing that business leaders truly make great advisers in order to grow an industry.


So why is DeVos perfect for the council? First, the Management Advisory Council combines the talents and knowledge of transportation authorities as well as airline executives in order to achieve better policies, regulations, and plans for future growth. DeVos may not own an airline but he has been the CEO of Amway, which is one of the largest and most profitable Fortune 500 companies currently.


DeVos also started working the airport in his hometown, putting Grand Rapids on the map. While the town had always had an airport, it wasn’t until 1999 that the airport started getting noticed. Still, sales were pretty terrible until new destinations were added at the AirTran Airways travel terminal. This was all due to a phone call by the legendary Dick DeVos to the CEO of AirTran Airways. It only took one phone to convince the CEO that he should add on St. Louis, Vegas, Orlando, and Denver to the destinations.


DeVos had a plan to bring in new business travelers. He had already built the DeVos Place Convention Center in downtown Grand Rapids, which was also part of the plan to bring in more business to the area. DeVos thought that if he could get business travelers on a circuit for his hometown, then he would be able to put the city on the map and generate new traffic at the same time for the airport.


This actually worked and led to an incredible profit margin. Fueled by a $45 million fund, Gerald R. Ford International Airport actually expanded last year in 2018. Now the airport has a new business traveler center, food court, and lots of technology upgrades in the terminals.


DeVos has been meeting with the new council ever since last September and will continue to meet with the FAA throughout 2019 as they work on new growth plans.


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Political Victories of Fransisco Demenech in Puerto Rico

Fransisco Domenech is not only a passionate philanthropist, but is also considered a power-house in Puerto Rica politics. He believes in the power of women in politics as seen through his support and campaigns that have seen two women make history in Puerto Rico.

His political Journey

Mr. Demenech gained political experience from his participation in activities like fundraising, canvassing and voter registration, and development of new policies. These saw him earn an array of prestigious titles.

He served as Director of the Office of Legislative Assembly between 2005-2008, an equivalent of United States Congress for Research Service. He made tremendous contributions among which he; Managed a staff of 130 employees, extended the services of the library to include blind and the handicapped, considered over 800 legislative pieces and managed up to $12 million budget annually that resulted to surpluses. Visit Francisco Domenech at SlideShare.

2008 Presidential Campaign for Hillary Clinton

As an ardent supporter of Hillary Clinton, Mr. Domenech became the national co-chair for Hillblazers, a movement that provided a platform for the young professionals, students, as well as first-time voters that supported Hillary Clinton’s candidacy in 2008.

He was also very instrumental in coordinating fundraisers to support the campaign through the famous Ready for Hillary movement, which he co-chaired. As the deputy campaign manager, Mr. Demenech can be credited for Clinton’s historic win in Puerto Rico with a margin of 68-32% against Sen. Obama.

2016 Presidential Campaign for Hillary

Fast-forward 2016, Mr. Domenech was back in the picture to campaign for Clinton. He raised close to $200,000. He was also part of the National Finance Committee that organized her political trip to Puerto Rico.

As a deputy campaign chief for Clinton, Demenech, for the second time, managed a win. This time against Sanders, by a margin of 61-37%.

Campaign Manager for Hon. Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon

Although Clinton did not ultimately become the first woman president of USA, back home, Hon. Jenniffer was successfully elected as the representative of Puerto Rico in the US Congress, making history as the first woman ever to occupy such a position, thanks to campaign skills of Francisco Domenech.

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End Citizens United, Changing the Rulings

The End Citizens United is looking to fight back against the anything-goes campaign and the federal laws. There has been a recent ruling by the Supreme Court that will have an impact on future rulings and is controversial.

The End Citizens United was formed in 2008 by the conservative group that opposed Hillary Clinton and her race for the presidency. A video was made about Hilary Clinton and her goal to get the Democratic nomination against Barack Obama. They even produced a video that attacked all her missteps as a politician. According to the Federal Election Commission, the video was found to be nothing more than a 90-minute campaign ad. They requested that the group reveal the funders or funder for the video. When the group refused to do so they were in violation of this federal law. The law stated that all funding sources for any ads related to politics need to identify their funding source. Read more news about the group on USA Today.

The End Citizens United campaign is looking to fight back against this ruling. The group has filed a lawsuit against the FEC and is looking to have this ruling overturned. So far, the federal courts have upheld the original ruling.

Two years after the initial ruling, the End Citizens United Scored a victory. The United States Supreme Court overturned the federal decision and ruled in favor of this group with a 5-4 vote. The ruling was based on the First Amendment and the right to free speech. Many people still find this ruling to be controversial. They are worried that this campaign and ones similar in nature will have an impact on the election system which can lead to unfair voting practices.

While the decision is still being examined those in politics felt that the Citizens United campaign helped the Republican Party and gave them an advantage. It is suspected that some of the wealthiest people in the country were secret funders.

Visit: http://www.politifact.com/personalities/end-citizens-united/