George Soros is an 85-year-old Hungarian born New York billionaire investor. He has been one of the leading funders of the Democratic Politics. Soros spent more than $27 million in the John Kerry’s campaign against George Bush in which they lost. Soros then resurfaced in funding of Hillary Clintons and other Democratic candidates and cause which he contributed over $25 million. His willingness to being part of the Hillarys campaign contributor has been taken as a good sign since Soros is seen as having a potential to catalyze giving by other wealthy activists. According to Federal Elections Commission records, Soros gave $2 million to American Bridge 21st Century, an opposition research super PAC that has been targeting Trump and other Republican candidates, and $700,000 to an assortment of Democratic Party committees, PACs, and campaigns, including Clinton’s. He also committed $5 million to a non-profit group the Voting Rights Trust devoted to fighting conservative efforts to restrict voting. He has also donated over $3 million to different voter mobilization groups whose donors are not disclosed. Through his international foundations, Soros has spent more than $13 billion over the past three decades in non-profit activities that focus on defending human rights, shaping the democratic process in Eastern Europe and expand access to health care and education in the U.S. and around the world.
Soros Support to Ferguson Activism
Mr. Soros foundations have been known to promote an open society. He is a well-known supporter of progressive-liberal causes. He gave at least $33 million in one year to support already established groups that emboldened the grassroots, on-the-ground activists in Ferguson. These organizations built grassroots coalitions backed by national wide online and social media campaign. These groups were protesting in the push for having people participate in government for a more just inclusive, democratic society. The organizations struggle in Ferguson were on criminalizing people of color in the war on drugs under the campaign ‘blacklives matters’ which spread from a social media campaign to bus tours.Race Forward, a group that Soros funded $200,000 published an online news site ‘Colorlines’ that focuses on race issues. It has posted on activities in Ferguson and promoted black lives matters campaign.
Gamaliel Foundation, one of the organizations funded by Mr. Soros fuelled the demonstrations in Ferguson has ties with Mr. Obama whereby he started his career as a community organizer at a Gamaliel affiliate in Chicago. The organization network has also brought on board a group of clergymen such as rev Traci Blackmon of Christ the King United Church in Florissant, Missouri. The clergy during the protest event deemed ‘Hands Up Sabbath’ where the clergy was to speak about racial issues. Millennial Activists United co-founded by Mr. Fellow Larry principal source of videos and stories developed in Ferguson by youth activities. MAU has partnered with Gamaliel network churches and received training from Advancement Project that had been given a grant of $500,000 from Mr. Soros in 2013 to building a fair, just and multiracial democracy in America through community organizing support and public policy reform.