End Citizens United Plans for Congress’ Worst of the Worst

     End Citizens United has set up big plans for the 2018 mid-term elections. First, it plans to endorse a full slate of Democrat candidates who have pledged to refuse corporate PAC money for their campaigns. Second, ECU has also identified the 20 current U.S. representatives and senators who are most infamous for accepting corporate funding.

Goals of the Organization

End Citizens United has one goal: To get corporate money out of politics. In 2009, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that corporate money can be allowed into PAC funding. Ever since that ruling, End Citizens United has been working to reduce the influence of corporate money in our elections. It is also working toward having this SCOTUS ruling overturned by a subsequent court.

SCOTUS ruled 5-4 that the government’s restrictions on political spending by corporations and unions was unconstitutional (the infamous “corporations are people” ruling). Since that ruling, “independent” organizations and companies have been free to donate as much money as they pleased.

The Big Money 20

End Citizens United has tagged the top 20 worst Congresspeople “The Big Money 20,” because of how much money they have accepted from special interests. Often, the members of the Big Money 20 have written or supported bills that benefitted their donors. The members of this group include Senator Ted Cruz, Rep. Mimi Walters, Senator Dean Heller, Rep. Claudia Tenney, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Rep. Peter Roskam, Rep. Mike Bishop, Rep. Dana Rohrbacher, Rep. Rod Blum, Rep. Rob Pittenger, Rep. Mike Bost, Rep. Erik Paulsen, Rep. Mike Coffman, Rep. Pat Meehan, Rep. Ryan Costello, Rep. Tom MacArthur, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, Rep. Darrell Issa, Rep. Duncan Hunter and Rep. Will Hurd.

Candidates Being Endorsed

For the 2018 mid-term elections, End Citizens United has decided to endorse the following candidates: Lauren Baer, Florida, Liz Watson, Indiana, Matt Morgan, Michigan, Kathy Manning, North Carolina, Tom Malinowski, New Jersey, Rick Neal, Ohio and Gary Trauner, Wyoming.

Each of these candidates has rejected PAC donations, relying completely on grassroots funding and small donations in their districts from the voters who are supporting them. An overwhelming majority of Americans don’t think government is working for them.

Other candidates, such as Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Andy Kim, Jason Crow, Elissa Slotkin and Beto O’Rourke have all pledged that they will reject corporate PAC funding as well. These candidates have all heard that 62 percent of American voters don’t like the “Citizens United” Supreme Court ruling.

See http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/05/james-bopp-citizens-united/ for more.

HCR Wealth Advisors Suggests 2018 May Be a Volatile Year

Volatility in the market isn’t something investors wish to experience. Stability presents far more benefits to an investor’s psyche. Experiencing 10% growth for three months followed by a 9% decline creates anxiety. Depending on when you enter the market, volatility sometimes contributes to losses. No investor wants to experience this type of outcome. The market, however, doesn’t always give investors what they want. HCR Wealth Advisors, a registered investment advisory firm, believes that volatility can be unavoidable at times. HCR Wealth has published an article online suggesting that 2018 may prove to be a volatile year for investors.

Based on the ups and downs of the stock market so far, it would be difficult to argue with the assessments made by HCR Wealth Advisors.  The remainder of 2018 for the stock market may stabilize, but based on the market’s performance so far, current indications suggest the year has more volatility in store.

What might cause additional volatility in 2018? Ironically, the low volatility of 2017 potentially sets the stage for a rollercoaster ride in 2018. Just as the phrase “what goes up must come down” suggests, periods of low volatility create conditions in which high volatility can become almost unavoidable. This doesn’t mean a period of high volatility is 100% guaranteed. However, the odds suggest the trend going in that direction. An experienced firm like HCR Wealth Advisors wouldn’t studies and analyzes the market trends. And an examination of historic trends lends credibility to an expectation of greater volatility.

Volatility doesn’t have to be extreme. Mild volatility remains a possibility as well. Investors surely would prefer a mild change, but no one really knows how things are going to turn out exactly. In general, investors should be prepared for swings in the market.

Investors should brace for volatility, but not overreact. A panicked response probably wouldn’t lead to a desirable outcome. For more news on market trends, follow HCR Wealth on Facebook.

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Dr. Jim Toner Gives Patients Hope

Doctor Jim Toner is one of the partner physicians at the Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine and has been with the organization for almost 18 years. His goal in his career is to be able to help people with fertility problems to achieve their dreams of having a family. He specializes in polycystic ovarian syndrome, in-vitro fertilization, as well as recurring miscarriages.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Jim Toner earned his M.D. and Ph.D. in both medicine and psychology in 1989. Before graduating with his medical degree, he also earned a bachelor’s in psychology in Philadelphia from St. Joseph’s College. His residency in obstetrics and gynecology was completed at Eastern Virginia Medical School in 1989 in addition to a being a fellow at the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine. His fellowship at Jones Institute was under the direction of the founder of the organization, Howard W. Jones, Jr. MD. This fellowship in reproductive medicine took place from 1989 to 1991.

Doctor Jim Toner is board-certified in infertility and reproductive endocrinology in the United States. Before serving as a partner physician at the Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine, Doctor Jim Toner was tenured in Norfolk, VA at the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine. During his time at the Jones Institute, Doctor Jim Toner also served as the director of their fellowship program. Currently, he is the director of the Third-Party Reproduction Program at the Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine, a position he also held at the Jones Institute.

Doctor Jim Toner’s patients consider him to be one of the best in the United States and have left the reviews to prove it. The majority of his patients have rated him as excellent in almost every aspect resulting in an almost 5-star rating among his patients. Not only is Doctor Jim Toner considered excellent himself, his office and staff also leave his patients beyond satisfied with his services.

Not only have his patients recognized his work, he has also been the recipient of several professional honors throughout his career. In 1990, Doctor Jim Toner was admitted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor’s society. In the year prior, he was honored with the Resident of the Year Award.

He is a doctor who works with his patients in order to earn their trust and answer any questions they have about their conditions and procedures. He and his staff work together to provide timely scheduling in a good environment with a friendly staff. For Doctor Jim Toner, providing the best reproductive care for his patients is something both he and his staff strive for.

Ryan Seacrest’s Biography

Ryan John Seacrest is a renowned American television host who also presents radio shows. Mr. Seacrest is also an expert in music and video production. Many people know this guy for the role that he plays in several television shows. Some of these shows include American and American Top-40. Ryan also hosts several radio shows that receive a wide listening from people in the country due to his high popularity. Mr. Seacrest has won an Emmy Award for his leading role in the production of a television series called Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.

Ryan was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1974. His mother was a homemaker while his father was a real estate lawyer. Ryan always had a passion for working as a presenter. His mother, Constance Marie, recently told a local journal that Ryan would be left in the house doing shows on the microphone as other kids played outside. Ryan went to Dunwoody High School. While at the institution, Ryan got an internship at WSTR where he continued studying radio presenting under the tutelage of Tom Sullivan. He later joined the University of Georgia after completing high school where he took a course in journalism. Mr. Seacrest has rapidly risen over the years to become one of the most sought-after television and radio personalities in the country.

Ryan, a co-host of ‘Live with Kelly and Ryan‘, is wealthy, and he always tries to reach out to the less fortunate in the society. In 2010, he created a nonprofit charity organization that is called Ryan Seacrest Foundation (RSF). This organization primarily deals with the empowerment of young people who are interested in taking a career in broadcasting.

The foundation aims to fully impact the community through the launching of initiatives that are tailor-made for entertainment enthusiasts. One of their major initiatives aims at the development of a broadcast media center in pediatric institutions. This center is set to be called Seacrest Studios. These state of art facilities seeks to give patients an opportunity to learn to broadcast as they recover. Ryan believes that the centers will also prove to be very helpful to long-term patients as they will keep them engaged. His ambition is to reach to as many as possible young people who are interested in journalism.