What do New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Texas, Nevada and Wisconsin all have in common? They are home to candidates for the 2018 midterms that have refused to take PAC money and find themselves at an unfair disadvantage. It is difficult to take a firm stand in an election when you have one financial arm tied behind your back but these candidates have put themselves and their ideals on the line. Andy Kim (NJ), Elissa Slotkin (MI), Brendan Kelly (IL), Beto O’Rourke (TX), Jacky Rosen (NV), Randy Bryce (WI) are just a handful of those running for political office who don’t want to be in “someone’s pocket” once they win the election. End Citizens United supports these candidates and scores of others who stand for campaign finance reform.
A grass roots effort with an average donation between $14 and $25, End Citizens United knows all about managing and stretching smaller donations. Nationally there are over 400,000 donors who assist these candidates with networking and working with other like-minded campaign finance reform leaders. The group is an alternative to the “dark money” that holds the puppet strings for many main stream candidates.In 2010 the Supreme Court decided a case called Citizens United v FEC (Federal Election Commission) citing that we the people, otherwise known as “the government” may not keep corporations from spending huge amounts of money to support malleable candidates, under the rational that political spending equates to freedom of speech.
The midterms this year will be populated by many candidates who have been endorsed by End Citizens United as not only viable, but preferred alternatives to those main stream candidates backed by the seemingly bottomless deep pockets of Corporate America.End Citizens United is an unfortunate name, primarily due to Citizens United being a misnomer which sounds more like a group of concerned neighborhood watch participants rather than the backers of big business’ influence in politics. Trying to end, or at least lessen the impact, of dark, corporate money’s influence in our elections is a worthwhile goal however; one that strives to put the power back into the hands of we, the people.
Many were left perplexed when Japanese SoftBank decided to acquire Fortress Investment Group for about $3.3 billion. The Japanese group of investment has previously been known to be attracted in telecommunications-related firms and the entire industry before changing focus and acquiring an entity in alternative finance and asset management that left many surprised. However, there are several reasons which could have convinced the company that investing in such a tremendous amount of money was worth the effort.One of the reasons which would have persuaded the Asian investors to purchase the company would be its worldwide appeal. Fortress Investment Group is a reputable organization that has been setting the standards for other wealth management organizations around the world. The marketing strategies of the wealth management organization have placed it as one of the most recognized organization not only in the United States but even across the border.
Purchasing an already established organization and a known company would have saved the investors large amounts of money if they would have decided to buy unknown organization and market it across the world.Secondly, Fortress Investment Group is an organization that has a large asset base and a considerable number of clients that it supports. Currently, the entity owns assets in the United States, European countries, and the Caribbean among others. Holding assets in such countries are such a massive milestone that many bodies would struggle to have. The broad asset base is a clear indication of the wealth managed by the organization. Furthermore, the number of clients served by the company means that the organization has already created a brand for itself.
It is worth highlighting that the New York City-based wealth manager has the highest number of clients in wealth management and alternative asset investment.Lastly, Fortress Investment Group is an organization that has significantly diversified its assets in various fields, which makes the entity to remain profitable despite other sectors in finance field experiencing huge losses. Operating in the healthcare industry, real estate investment, transportation, and media would have justified the considerable amount of money that SoftBank paid for the company. Purchasing the shares of the organization means that the new owner sets foot in each of the industry the company has been operating. Besides, the fact that a Japanese company owns Fortress is likely to open up a new market in Asia where the entity can attract a massive number of clients due to the low industrial occupation.
The Spark Tank is one of the best things that ever happened to our business because it gave us the online exposure we needed, and this article explains how Marc Sparks did us many kindnesses through his program (http://sparktankdfw.com/). He wants to help a number of people like us, and he knows that his Spark Tank program brings in customers who would not be there any other way. I am pleased with my time at the Spark Tank, and I know that Marc is a brilliant man who will continue to help us. Learn more: https://www.amazon.com/They-Cant-Eat-Marc-Sparks/dp/0990495000
#1: The Design
The program itself has a lovely design with a nice website and beautiful place for our products to be viewed. Marc puts all the people in the Spark Tank on the website, and we are all given a chance to be seen by customers. He is increasing our profile, and he is helping us get our name into the community. This is a very serious matter that we have taken care of many times over because we wanted to know that we had traction in the market.
Marketing for our brands came through the Spark Tank, and Marc ensured that we were able to have more customers come in while he mentored us. This was a small part of the program, but it helped us increase sales while we learned.
There is a mentoring process that Marc takes everyone through, and he teaches us about business in a way that many of us do not understand. We are idea people who know how to manage our ideas, but we do not know how to build companies around these ideas. I was pleased to have a way to talk about the concerns I had with my business, and I know that I may contact Marc at any time. He is a fine mentor who will stay by our side until we are stable as a company. Learn more: http://thebrotalk.com/bro-recommendations/dallas-entrepreneur-marc-sparks-spills-must-visit-list-wineries-dfw/
#4: The Prize
We did not win the prize at the Spark Tank, but I was pleased to see that some of our colleagues did well in the program. We all benefited from the program, and it was a lovely time for all of us to network. We wanted to be a part of something that’s was much larger than ourselves, and I believe that we found that by using the Spark Tank program. Learn more: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/entrepreneur-marc-sparks-transforms-office-to-optimize-innovative-collaboration-300024747.html
Marc Sparks has done quite a lot for us and our business, and we know that he is making a difference that we could not have judged. We are a much better business because of what Marc has done, and he has shown us how to grow our ideas into something special.