The Movement To End Citizens United

Political Issues

In 2010 The United States Supreme Court completely upturned the future of American elections. It’s ruling, by a 5 to 4 vote, said that corporate spending on elections is a form of protected speech under the First Amendment. In the ruling government cannot keep unions or corporations from spending on or against political candidates for office. Justice Kennedy wrote the majority opinion and was joined by Justice’s Scalia, Thomas, Alito, and Chief Justice Roberts. The dissent against this ruling was written by Justice Stevens and joined by Justice’s Ginsburg, Breyer, and Sotomayor.

Today there is no accountability and no transparency is who is giving money and to whom. The ruling opened the doorway for corporations and billionaires, such as the Koch Brothers, who seek to control political discourse in America through the vast sums of money that they have acquired. The Supreme Court ruling established the notion that corporations are people and as a person have a right to free speech.

In March 2015 a Political Action Committee (PAC) was formed to fight back against this ruling; End Citizens United. This PAC, which is supported by grassroots donors, seeks to reform the United States campaign finance system and counter terrible effects that the ruling has had on the country. Through their efforts End Citizen United is forming an opposition to the ruling and pressuring lawmakers to address the situation and through legislation return the political process to the people. The three-fold mission of the PAC are to elect pro-reform candidates, to raise the issue of money in political to the level of a national discussion on it, and to use their membership to show political power on this issue.

The main group that End Citizens United supports are Democrats. The reason for this is that, even if some rank and file Republicans don’t support the ruling, the Republican Leadership does because they are major recipients of the inflow of money from billionaires and corporations. As such Republican Leadership is preventing any type of reform from proceeding due to their own selfish interests. As such End Citizens United is supporting Democrats, especially Democratic leaders, who are seeking to produce legislation that will produce meaningful change in how money influences elections.

The Executive Director of End Citizens United is Tiffany Muller, who has had a long history of being involved in politics. She as been a member of the Topeka, Kansas City Council, having a position on the staff of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, serving as Cheif of Staff on Capitol Hill, and other political positions. Another member of the leadership is Political Director Jody Murphy who has worked for the last 10 years with legislative caucuses at the state level.

Learn more about End Citizens United on their LinkedIn page.

Easing Traffic in Williamson County


Transport experts came together during the 18th Williamson County Growth Summit so as to offer their views on how to combat traffic which is said to be the biggest challenge in the Austin region. The Summit saw people come together at the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center. The experts who represented the panel discussion included Leandre Johns who is External Affairs at the Uber Technologies Inc, Mike Heiligenstein who is the Executive Director at the CTRMA, Jared Ficklin who is the product designer at ArgoDesigns, and Joseph Kosper who is the Founder of the RideScout LLC. The experts also discussed the role that technology has played in transportation in Austin and across the world.


Mike Heiligenstein noted that innovative technologies like vehicles without drivers and applications for sharing rides could convert the face of transportation. Mike said that there is a significant need for the Austin region to invest in developing its capacity for transportation by creating more and smarter roads. Mike added that this is the one and only method that will ensure the mobility demands of the fast expanding population are served. He commented on the amazing work done by the county of structuring the infrastructure in the last 15 years and said that there is still more to be done since more people will be coming in.


Jared Ficklin said that the policymakers should ensure that land-use and building codes remain flexible in preparation for the future transportation needs. He added that there would be a need for this when there is the introduction of autonomous vehicles. Ficklin talked about the future’s parking garage and stated that it would be built differently from the current parking garage. He said that the parking garage would have many levels with different levels having a charging station and service station. Leandre Johns from Uber Technologies stated that ridesharing firms like Uber would significantly change the face of transportation in Williamson County.


The CTRMA was created in 2002 as an independent government agency so as to improve the system of transportation in Williamson County. The agency is committed to implementing new solutions that minimize congestion and form transportation choices that enhance life quality and also economy vitality. Mike Heiligenstein is the CTRMA’s Executive Director. He has served the people of Central Texas for more than 23 years. He is a member of the WTS Heart of Texas Chapter Advisory Board. Mike offers his advice on transportation in Texas and also nationally. He has a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Government which he earned from the University of Texas.


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Sam Boraie Helps His Father Breathe Life Back Into New Jersey

Real Estate Providers

New Brunswick during the 1970s – employers felt the crunch of fiscal issues, taking their businesses to where land and labor were less expensive, leaving behind a scenery of many empty, rundown buildings. Today is a whole new picture, thanks to what Omar Boraie started over four decades ago.

The vision for a restored New Brunswick keeps moving forward, as Sam Boraie, along with his siblings, helps to keep his father’s company, Boraie Development, in line with sustaining and creating new buildings. According to NJ Biz, these buildings not only house various companies, but also residential units. The revitalization project goes beyond what New Brunswick had in the past as now employers and those they employ can reside in closer proximity to one another. Imagine no more gridlock.

Sam states that Boraie Development has more plans for the long haul. For New Jersey to significantly rise from under, Boraie Development has collaborated with those interested in seeing these developmental processes continue. Additionally, Sam’s company goes through a tremendous amount of marketing strategies to influence other investors from New York to keep projects going: one celebrity who took the bait was Shaquille O’Neal.

Projects Completed In New Brunswick

Boraie Development certainly has been busy over the last four decades with the following building projects:

The AspireAlbany Street Plaza Towers One and TwoOne Spring Street Condominium

  • The Aspire – a residential high-rise
  • Albany Street Plaza Towers One and Two – office buildings
  • One Spring Street Condominium – serving residents, office spaces, retail outlets, a parking garage, and extra outdoor space for the residents

Sam Boraie: The Philanthropist

Omar Boraie’s son – Sam Boraie has provided homes for businesses and residents. He has also contributed to and worked with New Brunswick’s non-profit, Elijah’s Promise. Sam is on this non-profit’s advisory board and helps it with making decisions. Elijah’s Promise feeds the needy in New Brunswick, providing more than 100,000 meals per year through a soup kitchen, catering, and a cafe. Read more about New Brunswick’s exciting non-profit, Elijah’s Promise here.

Sam is certainly well positioned at the Boraie Development business and according to’s report Elijah’s Promise as he aids both in ways for creating change. Anyone can be good at their job, but it takes someone special to do good work for both a company and a community non-profit.


Hussain Sajwani’s Middle Class To Billionaire Story


Hussain Sajwani’s first company, which he founded in 1982, provided catering services to energy companies operating in Africa and the Gulf, and also feed the US Army during Operation Desert Storm. The powerful international contacts Sajwani developed during this time served him well over the years.


DAMAC Properties Chairman and founder, Hussain Sajwani presides over the Middle East’s largest developer of luxury residential housing, with 8,890 units completed to date and 19,136 units in development. Based in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, the group’s DAMAC Properties build opulent residential properties that enhance Dubai’s reputation as a splendid place to reside, although DAMAC Properties also develops properties in 20 countries, including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon and Qatar. Every development is one-of-a-kind, including the villas at AKOYA Oxygen in Dubailand, which feature access to the water park and the Trump World Golf Club Dubai with a Tiger Woods Design champion course. Hussain Sajwani and Donald Trump, both larger-than-life real estate tycoons, are friends as well as business associates, with Sajwani saying that he would like to continue doing business with the Trump Organization.


Born in 1954 to a middle-class family, Hussain Sajwani was ambitious, attending the University of Washington in Seattle, where he earned a degree in economics. After college, he worked as a contract manager for GASCO and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company before becoming an entrepreneur. In 2015, DDAMAC Properties alone brought in revenues of $2.3 billion. A serial entrepreneur, Sajwani also founded DICO Invest and Al Jazeira Services Co SAOG, and additionally, he has interests in Global Logistics Services, Taiba Kuwait Holding Company KSCC and Al Anwar Ceramics Co SAOG.


Additionally, billionaire philanthropist Hussain Sajwani of DAMAC recently donated two million AED to provide needy children clothing, in support of the Ramadan initiative, created by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, Prime Minister of the UAE and the Emirates Red Crescent.

Thor Halvorssen Develops The Oslo Freedom Forum as A Force in Human Rights Activism

Film Producer, Lawyer

Still less than 40 years of age, Thor Halvorssen has already achieved more in the human rights community than many could hope to achieve in a lifetime of successful work. The founder of the Human Rights Foundation has been looking to find new ways of bringing the problems facing people around the world in terms of human rights to as many people as possible; after establishing the Human Rights Foundation in 2005, Halvorssen has been at the forefront of expanding the access to human rights stories for the pubic through his work as the leader of the Oslo Freedom Forum.

Established in 2009, the Oslo Freedom Forum quickly became the go to conference for all those who have an interest in human rights, and gave Thor the chance to use his communication skills to help link activists, political prisoners, journalists, and celebrities to help push forward many causes. The Oslo Freedom Forum is now seen as a can’t miss for all those with a wish to become involved in the human rights community; University of Pennsylvania graduate Thor Halvorssen has been responsible for partnering North Korean activists with Wikipedia founder Jimmy wales to aid in the passing of information secretly into the Communist country.

The Oslo Freedom Forum takes place each year in Norway, the ancestral home country of Thor Halvorssen, but has already become a global phenomenon just seven years after it was first staged. A number of other events are now being organized by the Human Rights Foundation that will follow the format of the Oslo Freedom Forum, but will be staged around the world to give all human rights activists the chance to become involved in this popular event; the San Francisco Freedom Forum is perhaps the best known of these events that are growing in popularity under the guidance of Halvorssen. Another series of events curated by the Human Rights Foundation takes the Freedom Forum template and places it firmly on college campuses where the Online footage of discussions at the Oslo Freedom Forum is regularly viewed.




DAMAC Properties is one of the reasons that Trump is facing many ethical challenges. The company’s founder and director Hussain Ali Habib Sajwani has a close working and social relationship with the president elect. Hussain Sajwani’s family is close with that of Trump and they seem to spend a considerable time together. DAMAC Properties is in close business relationship with Trump’s business, The Trump Organization. Together they have built The Trump International Golf Club in Dubai. Hussain Sajwani has worked at various capacities and has been director or chairman of various companies but his major accomplishment began in catering business and later invested in the construction & development industry.



DAMAC Properties was founded in 2002 with its headquarters in Dubai in United Arab Emirates. The company specializes in the construction of real estate, commercial, residential and leisure properties in Dubai and other areas of The Middle East. The company was built out of the motivation by the increase in profits from the hotels that Hussain Sajwani built in Deira because of the collapse of the Soviet Union. The hotel construction was a big deviation from the type of business that he was accustomed to. In the 1880s he carried out catering businesses and even helped to serve Americans in the Gulf, Bosnia and Somalia. He was internationally recognized in 1991 for his catering service to the American Military who were fighting the Iraq war.



Since the establishment of DAMAC Properties in 2002, the company has gained very influential allies and business associates such a Donald Trump. The company has worked closely with well recognized companies such as The Trump Organization; a real estate development service provider founded in 1980 and situated in New York. The company also carries out business with Drake & Scull International LLC an architecture and engineering business established in Dubai in 1966. It also works closely with LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE established in Paris in 1991 that deals in manufacture, sale and distribution of luxury goods such as wines, shoes and accessories. Hussain Sajwani is a big giver to the society in the United Arab Emirates especially to the welfare movements that support the refugees in the Arabic countries such as UAECompassion.

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Protect Yourself and Your Future

Online Accounts

The internet has a powerful impact on the way the world is perceived. It has taken the place of previous forms information gathering. The first thing someone does is an online search when they are looking to gain knowledge of another person, product or organization. Employers who seek to fill important positions typically do an internet search on potential hires. Social media pages speak volumes about an individual and their history. It is important for people to understand the impression they are making when they sign on to their personal online accounts. Any piece of available information can be used in a vicious manner by someone who is wants to do harm to someone else.

Online reputation management has become an important skill set in the business world today. Many people live their lives on social media. It’s how they keep track of current events and loved ones. However, a harmless post from years ago could send the wrong message and cast a shadow over present circumstances. An online reputation management specialist like – acts much like an anti-virus program. It takes supreme expertise for a technician to modify available information and ensure that their client has the image that they desire on the internet. The trick is to bury unwanted material while promoting the positive content that is available. This is easier said than done.

It is better to be proactive than reactive. Firms specializing in online reputation management state that the prices for their services significantly increase when they are called in to fix a problem. Preventing issues is easier and more cost-effective. Big Blue Robot is an organization that specializes in online reputation management. They share 10 effective ways to manage an online profile at

Material published on the internet is considered public domain. At this point someone is able to take the available content and create whatever image of a person they choose. It is a scenario that has plagued many professionals and businesses. Bad reviews from one angry customer could always cast a shadow over satisfied patrons. Former employees with an axe to grind can do a number on a former company’s reputation. It is up to each person to manage and safeguard the image that is being built with their name and likeness. If you are looking to use social media to enhance your professional profile do not overshare personal information.

Livio Bisterzo, Proprietor Of Hippeas

Healthy Snacks

A new brand of Organic Chickpea Puffs, called Hippeas, has officially launched in the United States. They are looking to revolutionize the snacking industry with their quality products and innovative practices. The snacks are described as light and crunchy. They contain high amounts of protein and fiber. The snack is low-calorie, certified organic, gluten-free, GMO free, kosher, and vegan friendly.

Hippeas snacks are made from USDA organic certified chickpeas and are available in six unique flavors. These flavors include: Far Out Fajita, with chili, paprika and cumin puffs, Pepper Power, with pepper and a sprinkle of sea salt, Happenin’ Hickory with sweet tomato, onion and garlic with a hint of smoked hickory, Maple Haze, syrupy sweet puffs with a savory edge, Vegan White Cheddar, cheese puff, without the cheese, Sriracha Sunshin, tangy-sweet spicy jalapeño and paprika puffs.

Livio Bisterzo, CEO of Green Park Brands has had very good things to say about the company’s new product, “Hippeas has everything it takes to become the next globally loved snack brand. We truly believe that HIPPEAS embodies every major snacking global trend, while delivering a very powerful, emotional storyline to our millennial audience.”

HIPPEAS and Livio Bisterzo does not want to follow the other snack brands’ marketing. “Tastes good” and “do good” are two phrases that the company likes to keep together and base their marketing on. The company’s slogan is “Peas, Love & Giving Back,” and so far, they seem to have lived by it, having partnered with Farm Africa, a charity working to end hunger and bring prosperity to villages in Africa. For each pack sold, the brand has pledged to donate a portion of the profits to help support chickpea farmers in Africa according to Livio Bisterzo. They help the farmers grow and sell plants to get out of poverty, assisting them in building a better life for themselves and their families.

HIPPEAS Organic Chickpea Puffs in Far Out Fajita and Vegan White Cheddar are available now at certain Starbucks® locations around the country, and will soon come to other retailers, including Whole Foods and Amazon.

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Waiakea Water Vs. City Water


A lot of people have begun to realize that bottled water is not as healthy as one would think. For one thing, plastic bottles have issues in it that can actually cause more harm than good. Also, a lot of bottled water does not contain water from high quality sources.

Instead, the water that is presented through the bottle is water from the city which is filtered. Therefore, a lot of people are getting ripped off. However, not all bottled water is bad. There are some companies that actually take the time to make sure that they are presenting their customers with high quality water.

According to Specialty Food, one company is Waiakea water. Waiakea water is gathered from the volcanic source. The water is slowly filtered through the source. As a result, not only is the water pure, but it is also filled with electrolytes that are helpful for human health.

This results in not only a great taste, but even a greater set of health benefits. For one thing, there is no type of harm that comes with the water that is going to cancel out any of the benefits that come with Waiakea water.

One thing that people will notice is the taste. The taste of this type of water is truly pure. There is no hint of an after taste. This is compared to the subtle taste of contamination from bottled water. One must not even go into tap water. That type of water is filled with plenty of contaminants which contribute to a rather nasty taste. Learn more about Waiakea water:

Waiakea does not have any of this. Instead, there is a pure taste that has a sort of quality that makes people want more of this type of water. This is one of the reasons that Waiakea is growing quickly. It has only taken 3 years for it to grow by 5,000%

Waiakea water not only has the great products, but also a good marketing plan which helps connect customers to the company. After all, it is run with a passion for improved health. More people are discovering the difference between drinking pure water and drinking bottled city water.

Capital Group Names A New Chairman

New Chairman

The Capital Group recently announced that they had appointed and new Chairman of the Board. Tim Armour now serves as the Chairman of the management committee at Capital Research and Management Company. He will collaborate with other top executives to create a successful business strategy to help the company continue to grow and expand. This move is part of a larger plan that has been in place for several years. Tim Armour is taking the place of Jim Rothenberg who had tragically passed.

In the wake of losing such a talented and beloved leader, The Capital Group knew that they had to choose someone with the wide skill set that Jim Rothenberg possessed. They also knew that they had to appoint someone that was familiar with the company inside and out. When they took a close look at all of the potential candidates, Timothy Armour was the standout for the position. Timothy Armour had worked for over thirty years with the company and had worked his way up the corporate ladder.

In all, Timothy Armour serves as the Chairman of Capital Group Companies Management Committee as well as the Principal executive officer of Capital Research and Management Company Inc. and now Chairman of Capital Group Companies. He has been with the company for thirty-two years and began his career as an equity portfolio analyst. He now serves as an equity portfolio manager. He does have a great deal of responsibility with the company but that never compromises his quality of work and his decision-making abilities.

Since taking his new position he has incited great changes within the company that has served to facilitate growth and development of all departments. He hopes to be with the company many more years and help them to face the challenges that are presented to them in the future. Under his leadership, Capital Group is destined to prosper and provide the best products and services on the market. He was able to come to the company through The Associates Program. Tim Armour attended Middlebury College where he was able to earn his bachelor’s degree in economics. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

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