Francisco Domenech has been active in Puerto Rican politics for some two decades, with a particular interest in the Democratic Party. He today combines his interest in politics and related civic affairs through his position as a managing partner of the specialized law firm Politank.
Domenech was active in matters of public interest while attending the University of Puerto Rico, where he twice served as student body president. After receiving his law degree from the institution, he would continue to pursue this interest in a number of ways, from fundraising and voter registration activities to policy development. Putting his legal training to work, he would serve as the chief legal counsel for the president of the Puerto Rican Senate. Read more about Francisco Domenech on Crunchbase.
In his role as director of the Legislative Services of the Puerto Rican Legislative Assembly, he managed a budget of $11 million. His accomplishments in this position included an increase in legislative library services and an improvement in library access for the physically disabled.
In a five-year period starting in 2007, Domenech was a member of the Democratic National Committee, specifically serving in the group known as the Young Democrats of America. However, he gained even more attention for his work in Hillary Clinton’s two presidential campaigns. He has been credited with helping Clinton win the Puerto Rican presidential primary in both of those election cycles. In 2016, he also worked as the campaign manager of Jenniffer Gonzalez, who would go on to become the first woman and the youngest person to ever serve as Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, who represents the island territory in the U.S. Congress.
Based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Politank is dedicated to integrating government entities and private interests. Working with his firm or on his own, Francisco Domenech has supported a number of philanthropic organizations, including the Clinton Foundation and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. Learn more: http://caribbeanbusiness.com/2016-class-of-40-under-40-awardees-sets-a-high-bar/
According to Politico, George Soros reemerged after taking a long hiatus from active participation in politics. In his latest political forays, the billionaire business mogul made a significant contribution to the already well-oiled campaign machinery of Democratic Party presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton. George Soros’ active participation in the 2016 elections was in line with his traditional engagement in politics that many American political players had been accustomed to for many years. His engagement in the American electioneering process has been focused on championing for various causes he holds dear and strongly believes in. this includes supporting the campaigns of various candidates that he strongly believes are supportive of these causes. However, during the 2008 presidential elections George Soros took a break from actively supporting political campaigns.
George Soros’s latest political comeback, like in the previous years, is significant. He donated a whopping $25 million to the Democratic Party campaign kitty. While Hillary Clinton’s campaign received the biggest chunk of the funds he donated, the rest of the funds were distributed across various organizations and political campaigns. Several super Political Action Committees (PACs) were to receive the funds to finance the various political activities and candidates they support. George Soros’s generous donation was used donated to support various candidates vying for various political seats across the country on the Democratic Party ticket. His political activism also includes supporting various reforms that he believes are crucial in expanding the democratic pace in the United States. These include voter mobilization and sensitization initiatives. Read more at Washington Times.
More than Philanthropy
George Soros’ engagement in the political dispensation in the United States extends beyond donating funds to support the campaigns of various candidates. His active participation in the politics of the country has extended beyond the 2016 presidential elections that Donald J. Trump being elected the president. Following President Trump’s election, George Soros has partnered with several like-minded individuals to donate funds and strategize on how to push for initiatives aimed at fighting back the president’s move to rollback some of the President Obama era policies. Together with others, Mr. Soros hopes that their donations with ensure that policies such as Obamacare, President Obama’s landmark healthcare bill, are protected from the president who campaigned on a platform of repealing and replacing it. Know more on businessinsider.com about George Soros.
His engagement in politics also includes supporting the campaigns of various candidates for key posts within the U.S judicial system. This includes district attorneys. He has supported the campaigns of various candidates across the country. These candidates are primarily minorities and reform-oriented individuals. Additionally, he has supported social and economic initiatives especially those seeking to empower immigrants and the communities they live in. Politicos reports that he contributed up $500 million to finance these economic initiatives, which include starting up businesses to support immigrants.
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Most of us have become concerned about what seems to be a growing level of disconnect between politicians, wealthy donors to political parties and causes, and the average American like myself who appears to have little power about the direction the country is moving in. For myself, I have been impressed with the work of a newly formed PAC looking to change the way U.S. elections are fought following the Citizens United Supreme Court decision that allowed wealthy donors the opportunity to use their vast levels of wealth to have what I and many others feel is an undue influence on the U.S. political system.
It is important to known that even some of the wealthiest political donors in the U.S. have thrown their weight behind the End Citizens United campaign, including Democrat George Soros who has been reported to have given the maximum permitted financial donation as he feels the people of the U.S. need to take back some level of political power. End Citizens United have a lofty aim to have the Citizens United decision repealed from legislation in favor of a return to capped political donations and an end to some of the financial loopholes that allow donors to provide unlimited funding during election cycles.
On a personal level, I believe the work being done by the End Citizens United campaign who are classed as a grassroots political group funded by contributions from everyday people like myself is of great importance; the success of the group has already been shown in the fact around 100,000 donors from across the U.S. have already provided funding for the group to push forward their message of returning the election process into the hands of U.S. people. By only accepting grassroots campaign donations the End Citizens United group saw the average contribution reach around $12 by the start of 2017, which has allowed the group to receive around $4 million of a targeted $35 million hoped for campaign fund.
Researching the End Citizens United group allowed me to discover the campaign funding reform organization was formed in 2015 and has been looking to support candidates who share the belief of their donors in pushing for political funding reform. End Citizens United has been impressive for myself in the decision to back Democrat candidates who are more likely to share their belief in reforming campaign finance laws. I agree with experts who state the ability to make a positive difference to the campaign finance laws can be difficult, but in my view the more the issue is highlighted in the media the greater the chances are the End Citizens United groups will have a positive impact on U.S. politics in the future.