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End Citizens United Takes a Stand Against Florida Governor Scott

The grass root and wholly donor-funded, organization known as End Citizens United has filed a complaint against Florida Governor, Rick Scott. Scott, who is currently running for a seat in the U.S. Senate, is accused of illegal use of a Super PAC. In addition to the $78 million that the candidate has raised for his Senate campaign, the complaint filed by End Citizens United alleges that Scott is utilizing the Super PAC with the intention of circumventing federal campaign finance laws. The PAC, called New Republican PAC, is accused of working directly with the Scott campaign to directly affect his campaign for the United States Senate, which is not allowed. The Scott campaign has denied any wrongdoing.

According to the complaint, which was filed with the Federal Election Committee (FEC), End Citizens United is claiming that the Scott campaign is using the New Republican PAC to funnel soft money away from his own campaign in order to avoid adhering to disclosure requirements. Additionally, it is alleged that the PAC has paid for expenses that are directly related to the Scott campaign. To further complicate the issue, Scott worked as Chairman of the New Republican PAC and as recently as January of this year, his name was still listed on the PAC’s website as the organization’s chair. New Republican PAC is claiming that any money that has been disbursed to Scott is in relation to work that he has performed for the PAC in his role as chairman.

While PACs are permitted to raise and spend as much money as it desires, a right afforded by the controversial Citizens United ruling that the grassroots group is working against, it is unlawful to use the funds to directly benefit or pay for expenses that a campaign has incurred.The complaint has been filed with the FEC but it unclear when any ruling will be handed down, or even when a statement will be made by the government oversight committee. End Citizens United continues to work against political campaigns that are using the Supreme Court Ruling to circumvent campaign finance laws and regulations.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin expose Arpaio

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have voiced their concern about the pardon of the former sheriff of Maricopa County named Joe Arpaio.

The news about the pardon of the sheriff by President Trump angered them as they knew the man so well and were certain that he did not deserve to be pardoned, the crimes he committed were too many and of great magnitude that they needed to be dealt with in the right manner which was sentencing.

Larkin and Lacey have now decided to voice their concerns to the people about the pardon. They have opposed it and will continue opposing it. The former sheriff committed crimes which deserve to be punished, and they can only sit pretty once they know the sheriff is in custody. Although the pardon by President Trump is final, they still think that there are opportunities for the sheriff to be taken back to the courts.

Lacey and Larkin have voiced their concerns of the immigrant’s community living in the country who were being discriminated by rogue officials such as Joe Arpaio. They maintain that the immigrants have a right to live in the county without being asked by anyone.

The law allows any human being to live in the country without being harassed. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey will continue asking the government to obey the rights of the immigrants. They deserve to live the same life as other people in the country.

The pardon by President Trump was seen as unusual as presidents do not make controversial pardons at the beginning of their terms. President Trump has the controversial pardon less than a year after he took office.

It looked like it was a pre-planned affair since the two had already worked together in promoting the birther movement which was behind the demand for Former President Barack Obama to show his birth certificate. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase

Other presidents preferred to make such decisions towards the end of their terms but not for Trump, who in any case is not new to controversy. His term in office has been full of drama and first-time actions. Arpaio and Trump believe that the country should tighten the immigration laws since they feel that immigrant are the cause of all the problems facing the country.

They are concerned that if the country continues allowing immigrants to be entering the country with ease, there will be repercussions which will not be good. They have recommended discriminating and torturing the immigrants as the solution to stopping immigration.

Lacey and Larkin who have suffered in the hands of the former sheriff are concerned that the country is slowly sliding into a situation where there is an almost total shutdown of immigration. President Trump is making it hard for anyone in the country to enjoy life as long as they know they are from his preferred race.

He has shown clearly that he is a racist who will treat the people depending on their color. His sentiments regarding the Latinos and building of the wall are indicators of intolerance.

Bradesco Bank’s Success is owed to its Outgoing President– Luiz Carlos Trabucco Cappi

     Bradesco Banking Corporation is currently rated among the Brazilian’s best performing banks. It has succeeded in several business operations and as such is warranted being at the top. To Bradesco, providing quality services is more than simply operating the capacitances and the working modules. The company has engaged in solving various financial challenges to business and individual clients in the country. Because of this, the bank remains one of the significant banks in the financial sector of Brazil. This tremendous success is, however, owed to Luiz Carlos Trabucco Cappi, the outgoing president of Bradesco who has remained active in the public arena.


The achievements he has brought to the company

Luiz Carlos Trabucco Cappi has managed to transform Bradesco Bank to greater heights because of his commitment and leadership style. Since he was elected the company president, it is obvious that the leader has been making significant decisions which are witnessed by the progress made in the company values. For instance, in 2011, the company recorded an increase in its total assets as well as loan assets of 56% and 58% respectively. Furthermore, the company’s shareholder equity and deposits also rose by 448% and 446%. These numbers were witnessed since the Luiz Carlos TrabuccoCappi‘s occupation of the presidential seat in 2009.

Luiz Carlos Trabuco Cappi also values the progress of the employees as well as consumer satisfaction. As such, he introduced several programs during his presidential tenure including microfinance, financial education, and mobility which could benefit both the employees and the bank’s consumers. Because of Bradesco’s environmental credentials, the bank has been able to remain constituent of Dow Jones and BM & FBOVESPA’s corporate sustainability index for almost a decade. All these progress are owed to the exemplary leader.

But who is this man, Luiz Carlos Trabuco Cappi?

Luiz Carlos Trabuco Cappi is an entrepreneur and an executive leader in Brazil. He has always been determined to explore the banking sector since he was a teenager and has been involved in influencing the country’s economic pillar. Luiz Carlos Trabuco Cappi holds several awards because of his quality leadership as well as his experience in the banking sector. He is a holder of Philosophy degree and a political science postgraduate degree. For more than three decades, he has managed to lead different executive positions at Bradesco which has made the bank realize several advancements.


OSI Group: Assessing the Foundational Growth Factors that Sparked International Expansion

When it comes to honoring some of the world’s leading fast-food franchises with the recognition and credibility of having exceptional consistency in premier customer service, it is generally the case that consumers remain inattentive to the numerous subordinate companies that have contributed to the overwhelming success of these franchises. Nevertheless, as a result of neither promoting nor emphasizing the business details that underlie franchise development, companies like the OSI Group have been able to achieve substantial growth and manifest international establishments without even capturing the attention of the public eye. Certainly, for several decades McDonald’s has reigned as the number one fast-food franchise in the world and has upheld its title by remaining to be a generational constituent via consumer loyalty to the brand from childhood into adulthood. However, what very few people know is that for many years, OSI has serviced in having the notable responsibility of being the company’s chief supplier of ground beef.

Indeed, the OSI Group’s decision to set aside their personal business endeavors in order to commit to a long-term partnership with McDonalds prior to the franchise’s global triumph was a choice that not only allowed McDonald’s to profit and thrive, but one that yielded mutual benefits that enabled OSI to become one of the world’s largest food providers. Yet, just like any other entity that strives to become affluent, success didn’t come for either company overnight. Rather, it was achieved through dedication and invested time. According to an article posted on, there is a backstory that details how each company came to dominate the food industry. Before OSI became known for whom they are today, they were formerly known as Otto & Sons. Otto & Sons was initially established in the city of Chicago in 1928 by a German-immigrant named Otto Kolschowsky. Otto Kolschowsky’s small retail meat market was such a staple to the community after World War II that it continued to prosper as a local business. Moreover, it was also during this time that Ray Kroc (CEO of McDonald’s Corporation) met with Otto Kolschowsky’s sons (Arthur and Harry) to make an agreement on Otto & Sons being McDonald’s main supplier of beef. Following the agreement, McDonald’s business boomed and Kroc was able to then buy out the franchise. Over the course of 20 years, the grand-scale business that generated out of the alliance with McDonald’s pushed Otto & Sons to transition to a global corporation known as OSI Group.

Furthermore, using the latest technological development during that time, OSI began incorporating cryogenic food processing (flash freezing with liquid nitrogen) into their mass manufacturing operations into order to preserve food for shipment and fulfill the global demands of consumers. Nonetheless, with so much incoming business, OSI began to set up several manufacturing plants that were solely dedicated to servicing McDonald’s. In addition to this, the company also began to take on other food franchise clients including Starbucks, Burger King, Subway and several others. Subsequent to establishing new clients, OSI Group also began to expand internationally in India, Australia, China, Europe, and Japan to provide fresh produce, poultry, and beef.

As related by, OSI has achieved such a magnitude of success that the company now manages operations out of a total of 65 facilities that are dispersed over a combination of 17 countries. The Chronicle article further mentions how OSI is committed to food safety in its food plant processing of poultry, beef, pork, and sous vide and how the company’s ingredients supply leading restaurant chains. As of today, OSI stands to be one of the largest private companies in the U.S. that has earned an estimate of $6.1 billion in sales and continues to give back to the community in working with food-associated charities like the Ronald McDonald House Charities and The Northern Illinois Food Bank.

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OSI Group Continues Its Global Expansion

When Otto Kolschowsky opened up a small retail meat market and butcher shop on Chicago’s West Side in 1909, he could have never guessed that more than a hundred years later, his company would be a world-wide food provider with more than 10,000 employees across the world. And yet you can still see reminders of that original business in its current incarnation, the OSI Group.

Within two years of opening his initial business, Kolschowsky expanded into the meat wholesaling business and within a decade it had expanded again and the company was renamed Otto & Sons. And it was Otto’s sons who negotiated the deal that launched the company into a national business. Just as Ray Kroc was beginning to build the McDonald’s restaurant chain, he and Otto’s two sons made a deal to supply regional McDonald’s with burgers. Over the next two decades that relationship expanded until Otto & Sons became one of McDonald’s four core suppliers. In 1975, the two Kolschowsky sons were ready to retire and as an outside CEO was brought in for the first time, the company reflected the move by changing its name to OSI Group.

In the decades since, the company has continued to expand and is now a truly global food provider. By the beginning of the 21st Century the company operated a global network of processing plants. And as OSI Group has increased its attention in recent years on Europe and China, it’s also moved into value-added protein products ranging from sausages to pizzas.

OSI Global’s most recent move has been in Australia, where it merged its Australian unit with Australian poultry farming and processing company Turi Foods. The 50/50 merger expands the OSI Group reach in the Australian market, which is one of the company’s fastest-growing markets. Otto Kolschowsky would no doubt be shocked by the reach of the company he founded more than 100 years ago. But he would recognize the company culture, which continues to focus on quality and innovation and more