George Soros, known for his financial donations in the political world, is still making headlines even with the election over. Soros was born in 1930 in Nazi dominated Hungary before escaping to London where he studied then finally heading to America where he made his massive fortune. George Soros created what is now known as the Open Society Foundation, a way to spread his open society message. One of its very first initiatives was to send copy machines to universities, civil society groups, and libraries in his homeland, then Soviet dominated Hungary, so banned publications could be reprinted and spread around. Once the Berlin Wall came down, Soros aided in advising on the transition to democracy and free markets, using his foundation to work with local dissidents and politicians as the country transformed.
Today, George Soros is a famous player in American politics where he has millions into the Democratic Party and their familiar causes like Black Lives Matter. Even though Trump is heading into the White House, Soros is prepared to stand strong and oppose him. He, through his foundation, have friends in his network that span across more than 100 countries making him a viable opponent. Even if his power is exaggerated, he represents a distinct type of Liberalism that is led by those on the left and despised by those on the right. He is certainly someone Trump should take seriously.
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Soros is embattled in a fierce opposition in Hungary where the ruling party of Prime Minister Viktor Orban has despised Soros interference and influence. George Soros vehemently opposes Orban’s hard line on migration and Orban has blasted Soros and his influence referring to him as a strong example of people who stand for things that only weaken nation states. Soros didn’t waiver in his stance and earmarked roughly $500 million for what he called investments that will address migrant, refugees, and host community needs.
Soros doesn’t just focus on big leaders of countries, he’s got his eyes and ears everywhere and he has spent millions in the last two years helping fund campaigns to defeat local prosecutors around the US and bring in new blood that will back his beliefs in criminal justice reform measures. Soros spent the most in three separate races, over $1 million in Houston’s Harris County, Gilpin and Jefferson counties in Colorado where he donated over $1 million to unseat and incumbent, and in the Maricopa County Race in Arizona where his PAC has spent well over $1 million against a Republican District Attorney.
The battles don’t stop there. George Soros is also heavily involved in defeating Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizon. The running total so far is roughly $2 million in campaign donations through a Soros funded PAC, Maricopa Strong. This battle is one of Soros biggest donations aside from the presidential campaign. He considers Arpaio a liberal boogeyman, one who doesn’t share Soros’ views on immigration reform or criminal justice reform.
Through all of this, one thing remains clear. Soros doesn’t give up, he doesn’t quit, and he will remain a political power player for years to come. He has the money to make things happen, and the drive to follow through.
Learn more about George Soros at OpenSocietyFoundations.org