There have been many reasons why the name George Soros is both loved and feared in the U.S., particularly the misinterpretation of his political role within the left leaning Democratic Party in the nation. However, Politico makes it clear George Soros has actually played a very minor role in the U.S. political system in recent years as he decided in 2004 to take a step back from playing a key role in the Democratic Party in terms of financial giving; it is true to say George Soros played a major role in the 2004 election when he decided to back John Kerry’s attempt to defeat incumbent President George W. Bush with around $27 million in campaign donations. Following this major donation in 2004, George Soros made only minor donations in 2008 and 2012 as he began to feel the level of influence wealthy donors like himself had on the U.S. political system was obscene and needed to undergo major change. Learn more about his profile at businessinsider.com
Despite remaining opposed to the vast levels of giving permitted by the Citizen United decision of 2010, George Soros spotted the major problems the world was facing in 2015 with the rise of right wing groups making inroads into major political parties across the world. George Soros thus made the decision to return to major political giving in support of the candidacy of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with around $25 million provided directly to the Clinton campaign and to the PAC’s that supported her through the 2016 election campaign. The need to fight right wing groups remains important for George Soros after his own early life was marred by the problems he faced as a young person born in Hungary in 1930, Soros himself was forced to hide his Jewish heritage to survive the Holocaust of World War II that saw over 500,000 members of the Jewish community in the nation murdered by the occupying Nazi forces. Visit Project Syndicate to learn more about George.
George Soros has been backing good causes in the world to fight for social justice for minority groups since the establishment of the Open Society Foundations in the 1980s. The Washington Times reports the importance of the donations made by George Soros to various groups became important during the Ferguson protests of 2014 when groups receiving annual donations from Soros totaling $33 million per year became important to the cause of protesting the shooting of Michael Brown in the Missouri city. Human rights and a fair criminal justice system are among the major causes backed by George Soros through his charitable giving, which includes many groups that have become important to the growth of the “Black Lives Matter” movement that began as a social media based hash tag before growing to become one of the most important protest movements in the world.