It was on October 18th, 2007 when Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, two journalists from Arizona, were illegally arrested by at-the-time Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s “Selective Enforcement Unit.” The deputies of the unit pulled the journalists from their homes and transported them via unmarked SUVs to separate locations.
The arrest stems from Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin doing their job. As the co-owners of The Phoenix New Times, Lacey and Larkin had been covering the illegal activities of Arpaio for years. Finally, Lacey and Larkin published a front page story on the actions of Arpaio. Arpaio somehow convinced the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office to issue subpoenas to the newspaper. The subpoenas ordered the paper to reveal details about writers and editors. Even readers were not exempted from the subpoena, it ordered the newspaper to provide the IP addresses of the readers. Lacey and Larkin ignored the orders. Instead of obliging the subpoena, they chose to publish an article about it.
When the story of their arrest was published in national newspapers, the public outcry was so loud that the county had no choice but to release the journalists.
This illegal arrest was ultimately a positive for Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. They filed a lawsuit against the county and won. The two journalists were awarded almost 4 million dollars, which they have now used for charitable causes.
They created an organization called The Frontera Fund: a charitable fundraiser. The fundraiser supports and funds a large variety of charities all through-out Arizona and even in surrounding states.
Larkin explained why he created The Frontera Fund when he said, “I grew up in Arizona, I was taught from an early age that one must give a hand to those of us less fortunate in life.”
Lacey and Larkin are very methodical when they choose which charities to support with The Frontera Fund. Because Joe Arpaio targeted the immigrant community in Arizona, Lacey and Larkin have decided to pledge most of their time and effort to Hispanics and Hispanic-Americans. The Frontera Fund supports such charities as ACLU of Arizona and Can the Border Divide Us?
With their new-found careers as philanthropists, Lacey and Larkin hope to undo the damage caused by Joe Arpaio and his allies.
As anyone who is even remotely tuned into politics knows, one of the biggest controversies we face in America today, with respect to the election process, is that of money in politics. Regardless of one’s opinion on the subject, when people speak of donations to the Democratic Party, one name will surely arise, George Soros. While Soros’ conservative adversaries will speak of him in distain for his large contributions to the Democratic Party, they fail to encourage people to follow the paper trail of Soros’ donations. The reasoning behind this? Well, because unlike his anti-humanitarian counter parts backing the Republican Party (The Koch Brothers), George Soros contributions are not simply motivated by the generation of self-wealth.
Aside from donating to the Clinton campaign last election cycle, George Soros was a key contributor to numerous PACs and organizations, supporting various highly ethical causes in recent years. Over the past 30 years, Soros has donated over 13 billion dollars through his international foundations. One of those organizations to make note of, is the Democracy Alliance. George Soros is not only a large contributor to the organization, but helped launch the group in 2005. This particular organization is not intended to support any individual political candidate, nor Party. Instead, the group’s focus is to advocate philanthropically causes such as combating income inequality and climate change. Read more at The New York Times about George.
George Soros has also allocated over 10 million dollars in funding to support immigrant voting rights and turn out this past election. One of these super PACs called Immigrant Voters Win, serves the purpose of producing greater voting turn out amongst low-propensity Hispanic voters. Another group Soros has generously donated to is a nonprofit organization which aims to fight the conservative effort to restrict voting.
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One final key note organization that George Soros has contributed to is one that conservative talking heads make sure to avoid when speaking of Soros. End Citizens United is a PAC fighting for limitations in which a single individual or corporation is allowed to contribute to a candidate or Party. The main talking point in which those who bash Soros, is a battle in which George Soros is on the other side of. Visit projectsyndicate.com to know more about George.