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How George Soros is Helping Voting Rights in the United States

 

It is often surprising for average Americans to learn that their beloved democratic systems are not impervious to flaws and undue influence from certain interest groups. In the United States, the intersection of politics, special interests and the democratic process is not a pretty sight, and this is something that billionaire investor and philanthropist George Soros is truly concerned with.

George Soros is one of the greatest minds in the world of finance. Born in Hungary, this American citizen made investment history in the 1990s as a foreign currency trader. Soros had a penchant for “trading cable,” which means that he closely followed the currency pair of the United States dollar and the British pound. On one occasion, he took a risky position against the British pound; this transaction would net him more than a billion dollars in just a few days.

Aside from being active in the worlds of foreign currency trading and hedge fund investing, Soros is also known for his philanthropy and political activism. He is a staunch believer in the concept of open society, whereby people enjoy certain civil freedoms that truly make up democracy. Soros believes that the rights of people should not only be mentioned; they should be respected and upheld at all times.

In 2004, Soros made history in American politics by donating millions for the purpose of mobilizing voters. While many analysts believed that such an effort was not necessary in a democratic republic such as the United States, Soros’ activism revealed that certain state jurisdictions have been involved in the suppression of fair voting access since the early 21st century. Through legislative and rulemaking efforts, voter protection has been decimated in jurisdictions traditionally considered to be political battleground states.

Through his own charity, the Open Society Foundations, Soros has been funding legal efforts to restore voting rights to the jurisdictions where certain groups, typically minorities, have been affected. As of mid-2015, Soros had not yet made a move towards funding Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign; however, he had already donated more than $5 million to fund federal lawsuits that challenge certain laws ostensibly passed to combat voter fraud.

One example of what Soros is helping to overcome can be seen in North Carolina, where student ID cards cannot be used for voting. In the past, students could get their ID cards and register in advance so that they could vote when they turned 18 years old; alas, new state legislation did away with that. The case is pending, but Soros is hopeful that individual freedoms will prevail.

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Marc Sparks of Timber Creek Capitol Has Moved To An Optimized Setting

For the last ten years, Marc Sparks of Timber Creek Capital, LP has worked out of one location. The company recently moved to a new location where the setting is optimized to serve entrepreneurs better and to produce and develop new business. A private equity firm, Marc Sparks takes a business and develops it into a revenue generating company.

Marc Sparks explained that the process of starting any business begins with the resources and a successful business model. By designing a new Timber Creek Capital building, it allows them to host three companies in the facility, offering an extensive incubation period. By not cutting corners where the teams work and spend a great deal of time together will ensure and enhance the success of any business. Quality work environments are crucial and necessary to succeed. With the new building, Timber Creek Capital can collaborate in a work environment that is more likely to be a success.

Marc Sparks has started dozens of successful companies and knows what is required to succeed. If a company wants output that will maximize success, the special flow within is required and Marc Sparks knows how to make it happen. His experience has spanned over 35 years of failure and success. In his book entitled, They Can’t Eat You, he takes you on his own journey of learning entrepreneurship.

As the owner of Timber Creek Capital, he takes on several companies, offering them the means to launch a sustainable business. As a mentor, the resources he can help them with like banking, marketing, capital and office space will teach a company the challenges and circumstances of running a business. It’s why Timber Creek Capital is so qualified to help, because they have seen it all and can turn any idea in to a prosperous business.

Marc Sparks is the owner and founder of Timber Creek, LP. Add to that an author, philanthropist with Habitat for Humanity and an entrepreneur that turns new ideas into a business model most want to emulate. He also started a non-profit called Sparkey’s Kids, where he donates laptops to at-risk kids through the American Can Academy. He even has been involved in a homeless shelter called the Samaritan Inn, a Texas based shelter.