Introduction — March 14, 2016
ANYTHING George Soros gets involved with or funds should be regarded with suspicion. From the Ukraine, where he worked behind the scenes to shore up President Poroshenko and plunder local assets, to Georgia and a string of other eastern European states where he was effectively the kingmaker, George Soros has earned a reputation as a cynical manipulator and profiteer.
No matter that Ukraine is looking increasingly precarious economically after Soros helped install the Poroshenk regime. He’s made handsome profits there and reducing the nation to poverty — presided over by a few ruling oligarchs — was just a part of a routine process for him.
Nor has Soros’s activities been confined to eastern Europe. He’s also been active in the U.S. where he’s been linked to the Ferguson protests. Funding grass-roots groups tied to the protests to the tune of at least $33 million last year alone.
With a track record like that it’s no surprise to find that the George Soros Foundation has been banned in Russia, where it has been deemed a “threat to … national security”.
That hasn’t stopped George Soros expanding his political activities in the U.S. though. As the following explains, he’s been actively involved in funding various campaigns. Although whether they are for the welfare of Americans generally or simply to fulfil Soros own murky political and financial designs is debatable. Ed.
Soros and Other Liberal Donors to Fund Bid to Spur Latino Voters
Nicholas Confessore and Julia Preston — March 10, 2016
The billionaire George Soros and other liberal donors will bankroll a new $15 million campaign to mobilize Latinos and other immigrants this fall, hoping to channel outrage at the political rhetoric of Donald J. Trump and other Republicans into a surge of votes for Democratic candidates in November.
Strategists involved said the new spending would be the largest Democratic voter-turnout effort ever devoted exclusively to Latino and immigrant voters. Most of the money will be spent through organizations in Colorado, Florida and Nevada, states with large or growing Latino and Asian populations that will be pivotal in the presidential race and in the battle for control of the Senate.
The outreach, which will be coordinated through a new “super PAC” called Immigrant Voters Win PAC, will be more explicitly political and partisan than past efforts, the strategists said: The goal was to not only turn out committed Latinos already voting Democratic but also find and persuade immigrant swing voters. Ultimately, organizers hope to get at least 400,000 new Democratic voters to the polls in November.
“This is really taking the gloves off,” said Cristóbal Alex, the president of the Latino Victory Project, one of several national pro-immigration or Hispanic-oriented groups working with the super PAC. “From the first day he attacked us, he called us rapists and thieves,” Mr. Alex said of Mr. Trump. “We could have a giant wall built and millions of families broken apart. The country is on the precipice.”
The effort comes amid signs of a Democratic enthusiasm gap that has worried some of the party’s leading strategists. While Republican voters are turning out in droves, often to vote for Mr. Trump, millions of Democratic voters have sat out the party’s primary between Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
Democrats are confronting lingering dismay among some Latinos regarding President Obama, who has not delivered a promised immigration overhaul and has deported more than two million people. At the same time, conservatives are already investing heavily to woo and turn out right-leaning Hispanic voters: A group called the Libre Initiative, financed by the Koch brothers’ political network, is expected to spend more than $10 million through November and already has dozens of field organizers in nine states.
Both campaigns are unfolding against a demographic surge that is reordering American presidential politics, providing millions of new voters for Democrats while stirring an angry counterreaction on the right, where working-class white voters have rallied to Mr. Trump’s promises to end illegal immigration, to build an enormous wall along the Mexican border, and to expel undocumented workers who are already here.
For Mr. Soros, who will contribute $5 million to the super PAC, the effort represents a return to the large-scale political spending that made him a liberal hero — and conservative boogeyman — in 2004, when he helped organize a failed $200 million advertising and voter-mobilization campaign to unseat President George W. Bush. His contributions to super PACs and other explicitly political organizations this cycle will soon exceed $13 million, his largest investment since the 2004 election. Mr. Soros has committed another $5 million to a Democratic-led legal campaign to contest restrictive voting laws in states like Ohio, Wisconsin, and North Carolina.
Mr. Soros, a financier who fled his native Hungary in 1947, fleeing Soviet dominance after enduring the Nazi occupation in hiding, has long funded less overtly political efforts to educate and organize immigrants. But in an email, Mr. Soros said he had been particularly struck by the tone of the 2016 race, in which Mr. Trump and other Republican candidates have also called to block Muslim refugees from entering the country.
“The intense anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric that has been fueled by the Republican primary is deeply offensive,” Mr. Soros said. “It is harmful to our democracy and to our national interests. There should be consequences for the outrageous statements and proposals that we’ve regularly heard.”