The billionaire investor George Soros is quick to offer his opinion on multiple issues.
While everyone has the right to express their opinion, but due to his tremendous wealth and success, what he says can have quite the impact.
His statements commonly ignite media frenzies.
He previously said that Donald Trump is “an impostor and a con man and a would-be dictator’ if elected president.
But, Trump isn’t the only politician he has been unsupportive of. Soros donated a whopping $23,581,000 in efforts to defeat George W. Bush in 2003-2004.
The New York Times pointed out that 50 organizations involved in anti-Trump campaigns in January had funding links to Soros.
Soros’ war against Trump continues as he still offers large funding support to anti-Trump groups.
$431 million has been donated to far-left groups and causes by Soros’ foundation the Open Society Foundations.
“The many Open Society subsets include but not limited to Democracy Alliance, Moveon.Org., America Coming Together, America Votes, The Center for American Progress, and the list grows every day. The Democratic Party is one subset,” writes Newsmax.
Soros donated over $25 million to Hillary Clinton’s campaign as of July 17,2016, according to Politico. Soros spent $1.7 million in support of the democrat Larry Krasner’s campaign for Philadelphia district attorney. This was five times more than what Krasner himself spent and he was ultimately elected.
What is Soros’ real motive? Is it in attempt to manipulate the media?
“When media are covering news stories at election time and seek to explain some complex policy point, Soros’s generous funding means there’s always an Open Society Foundations-linked group ready to answer reporters’ calls and emails on just about any conceivable issue. In the U.S. alone, Open Society Foundations are providing grants in many key areas, among them justice, drug policy, equality, democracy, economic advancement, national security, and human rights,” writes Neil Maghami for Capital Reach Center.
Maghami argues that he uses his foundation to push political agendas.
“Grants from the Open Society Foundations influence many vital issue areas, allowing Soros to assert his views and the views of his intellectual cronies. These views are thus mainlined directly into the veins of the democratic process; in this metaphorical model, the media is the “pusher,” the groups Soros’s foundations support, the “supplier,” writes Maghami. “Soros’s foundations’ support for radical media outlets, documentary film makers, and others attempting to mold public opinion provides him with additional influence—an issue examined in depth in “Media Matters for the Left” in the December 2014 Organization Trends.”
But, Soros’ battles go beyond U.S. republicans. He has been especially unsupportive of the UK in the past.
“Soros, a Hungarian-American business magnate worth over £20 billion ($25 billion), is known as the man who “broke” the Bank of England for his role in crashing the pound during the 1992 Black Wednesday crisis after he short-sold $10 billion of the currency,” writes the Business Insider.
Soros also condemned the Brexit and called it a “lose-lose proposition” in a recent op-ed article he wrote published last week.
“Economic reality is beginning to catch up with the false hopes of the general population. They believed the promises of the popular press that Brexit would not reduce their living standards, so they managed to maintain those standards by running up their household debts,” wrote Soros on June 19. “Once the experience of June is repeated in subsequent months, households will realize that their living standards are falling and they will have to adjust their spending habits. To make matters worse, they will also realize that they have become over-indebted and they will have to pay back their debts. This will reduce the household consumption that has sustained the economy even further.”
Author’s note: Soros continues to declare war on politicians that don’t align with his beliefs and his weapon of choice? Money. Should one individual have this much power to skew issues and elections? In some cases, Soros doesn’t get what he wants. But, he consistently proves he isn’t going to give up and stubbornly funnels funds in defiance.
Editor’s note: This is part of the “puppetmasters” series, those who influence politics using their own great wealth.