When asked to picture a leading contributor to the Black Lives Matter movement, campaign finance reform, or Ferguson, MO political action groups, most people would not picture George Soros. However, this 85-year-old Hungarian-born New York resident is a major contributor to many liberal causes.
During the election, Soros contributed over $25 million to finance the Clinton campaign, and has reported to contribute $33 million in 2015 to groups supporting cultural and political reform, such as MoveOn.org, the Ferguson protest movement, the Open Society Foundation (which he founded), End Citizens United, and Black Lives Matter. Soros was also a top contributor to the 2004 bid to oust then-president George Bush, and is a staunch supporter of Hillary Clinton. Online magazine Politico.com reports that he contributes the legal maximum of $5000 to political action groups like End Citizens United that focus on campaign finance reform, and has stated that he feels wealthy citizens have too much pull over the election process. This is further evidenced by his support to grassroots and social media organizations focused on allowing every member of the electorate to have their voice heard.
During the Ferguson protests, George Soros backed groups looking for ways to further academic research into the causes of these types of incidents, and also promoted editorials to keep the news media involved in ongoing coverage. In an article from The Washington Times, it is revealed that social issues such as the War on Drugs are considered contributing factors to both the Ferguson incident and the reception of the Treyvon Martin case. Soros made his fortune in betting against the British Pound in the 1990’s, and has been active since then to work to erase the false image that is painted of African Americans and other people of color being drug users and criminals. His generous donations made it possible for many grass-roots organizations to organize and have their message heard; Soros is credited with providing the financing needed for these topics to gain mainstream attention. Visit this site to know more at opensocietyfoundations.org.
Although his political actions decreased during the Obama administration, Soros remained vigilant to social causes. After the end of the Obama era, he exploded onto the political scene with an unprecedented amount of contributions. He remains active in social causes and committing his personal wealth to the betterment of society.