George Soros is a man who has many reputations, depending on who you approach. Born and raised in Nazi-occupied Hungary, George Soros learned the hard way that life can be difficult when people in power subjugate the people below them. Soros made it his mission to survive, get educated, and make a difference for people around the world. Soros is a passionate progressive, a world renowned philanthropist, and one of the most successful investors in the history of the United States. Soros is also enemy #1 to most people who sit on the right wing in the political world. Perhaps, that is why so many people are taking notice with Soros returning to politics.
The 2016 Presidential Election was potentially the most contentious one we’ve seen in generations. Nominee Donald Trump brought vitriol and populism to the forefront of political discourse, all while promising to destroy the progressive values that George Soros spent his entire life cultivating. So it should surprise nobody that Soros decided to jump into the arena in order to try and stop Trump from gaining ground. George Soros threw in with Hillary Clinton as well as the rest of the Democrats as he started to bring in cash to raise for the campaigns. Soros would end up donating almost $25 million in order to get the Clinton and Democratic arm of politics into full swing. Michael Vachon, adviser to George Soros, said: “This year the political stakes are exceptionally high. They were high even before Trump became the nominee because of the hostility on the other side.”
Bringing George Soros back into politics shouldn’t be much of a surprise in an election season that was, remarkably, highly difficult to project. Soros would donate to several high profile and important Super PACs along the way: ‘Immigrant Voters Win, Voting Rights Trust, and Clinton’s own Priorities USA Action. With these donations in tow the Democrats were able to shore up their ability in several key areas. Still, Donald Trump won the Presidency but it may have cost him his base of support along the way. Read this story about George at politico.com
Outside of politics, George Soros is beholden to pushing progressive values and helping people everywhere. Soros most notably helped to fund the Ferguson Protests, albeit indirectly, that was held back in 2015. The Ferguson Protests took over national attention for weeks as people took to the stage to voice their displeasure at the slaying of Michael Brown by Officer Wilson. These protests were made possible by Soros and his direct support for grassroots campaigns all across the nation. Read his profile at Washington Times.
The Open Society Foundations is Soros’ most important project as it is a philanthropic arm that seeks to help bring progressive values around the world and at home. Soros would go on to donate more than $30 million to grassroots activists in Ferguson and that money would be integral in keeping the protests in national attention. As a result we are now having a more important dialogue than ever regarding social inequality, racial profiling, and true justice.