George Soros Continues His Fight For A Better Life For All

Many billionaires who become major philanthropists publicize their work to the maximum potential, but for hedge fund billionaire George Soros much of the impressive work he completes is never publicized for public consumption. Instead, Soros simply seeks out the areas of interest to himself and finds groups who carry similar values and beliefs that allow him to make donations to their group without feeling as though he is compromising his principles. Forbes reports George Soros has used his own Soros Fund Management hedge fund company to create a personal fortune estimated at over $25 billion in 2017; this impressive level of personal wealth is matched by the fact Soros has given away a reported $12 billion of his personal wealth to causes he feel extend his own beliefs in an open society.

The term “open society” comes up often in the philanthropic work of George Soros as he has spent the majority of his adult life living and working under this philosophical theory that has its origins in France. The Open Society Foundations explains George Soros was born in Hungary in 1930 and faced personal persecution following the occupation of his home country by Nazi forces in the latter years of World War II; surviving the Holocaust that claimed the lives of more than 500,000 members of Hungary’s Jewish community has given Soros a desire to aid those he feels are given a full and fitting place in modern society. The open society theory that has proven such a major influence on the life and work of George Soros was interpreted for him by philosopher Karl Popper during his studies at the London School of Economics. The core principles of the open society include the protection of human rights, freedom of expression, and perhaps the aspect closest to the heart of George Soros in securing democratic governance for all members of a community.

Making sure every person on the planet has access to a democratic form of government has informed the work of the man who spent much of the 1960s living in the counterculture base of Greenwich Village, New York; George Soros began his philanthropic career in 1979 when he began providing funds for young black men to attend university in Apartheid divided South Africa. Other aspects of his work to secure democracy for those living under constrictive regimes include the purchasing of copying equipment in the 1980s and 90s to help secure the release from suppression of millions of people living in what was then the Soviet Eastern Bloc. Soros has also focused much of his work on the U.S. where he has been working to protect the rights of minorities during elections and to secure greater levels of freedom for members of the LGBT community.

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Progressives Fight Big Money with End Citizens United

Advancing Support for Campaign Finance Reform

With growing political unrest in America stemming from extreme economic disparity, there are many grassroots efforts proving that human decency still packs a punch in the face of dark forces. End Citizens United comes as a response to the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizen’s United decision, which opened the gates for special interests to sway elections with unlimited and untraceable amounts of money. A political action committee charging forward to reform the rules of campaign financing, the group’s overarching goal is to introduce and pass a constitutional amendment that would reverse the 2010 decision. The hope is that overturning the decision would be the first step in a road toward a more transparent political system that establishes accountability for donors and beneficiaries, setting the stage for a more representative government.

What Do They Stand For?

The whole movement means to get to the root of it, working to elect officials that would vote in favor of the progressive cause and stand up to dark-money groups. Additionally, they hope to help put in place campaign finance reform on the state and local scale, a much more attainable portion of the bigger vision. To make a new constitutional amendment a reality, it would need the nod from two-thirds of the House and Senate, and ratification by 75% of the states. The last amendment passed was done so in 1992, with America finding itself comparably in an irrefutably more divided state.

Show Me the Money:

Preaching financial transparency, the group’s makes their financial information available on their website (endcitizensunited.org), showing that they have been raising ambitious levels of money as feelings of angst furiously swell under the custody of a new POTUS. This comes as a stark comparison to the stance of the new President, who has famously refused to release his financial records. However, even with healthy influx of funding, they will still have a hard time making the amendment a reality anytime soon. In the meantime, however, they do serve an important purpose in laying the groundwork of awareness on the small scale, which is necessary to gain majority support in the future and keeps a level of accountability in current political actors.

The Problem:

Many from the Democratic party are leading the battle of overturning Citizens United, as The End Citizens United PAC is met with opposition by Congressional Republicans, who are known to benefit from unlimited donations and other rigged elements of the system. With a flurry of excitement and support developing around the cause and others like it, the stage has been set to foster progressive values, working toward a more tolerant and equitable USA.

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Soros, Democracy Alliance Rallying The Troops Against Trump

Democrats are reeling after Hilary Clinton’s historic Presidential election loss to Donald Trump. Many on the left are pointing fingers, unable to resist the urge to blame. Those in the Democratic establishment are calling for unity in the face of what they see as an authoritarian President-elect.

The Democracy Alliance is meeting for a three-day summit in Washington this weekend in order to discuss plans for resisting a Trump Presidency. They see Trump as a direct threat to the legacy of Obama and to many Democratic initiatives that have been put into place under his Presidency. Trump has stumped on the promise of repealing Obamacare, Obama’s historic Iran deal and the Paris climate accords. In fact, Democrats see Trump’s denial of climate change as a threat to the entire planet.

The Democracy Alliance is a group of 100 mega-donors on the left. The group was spearheaded by George Soros, an 85-year-old billionaire hedge fund manager. The group was started back in 2004 in support of John Kerry’s failed bid for the Presidency against George W. Bush. The first efforts of the DA failed, but George Soros kept the group together in order to advance progressive policies.

Each of the 100 donors must fund left-leaning advocacy groups and think tanks with at least $200,000 per year. Members like George Soros are also charged a $30,000 membership fee to pay for the DA staff. Part of the membership fee also funds meetings like the summit happening this weekend. The meet ups are swanky, complete with catered food and entertainment.

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The DA is inviting a variety of Democratic leaders to the summit, including Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren and Keith Ellison. Pelosi is a longtime Democratic leader in the House, Warren holds a financial leadership role in the Senate, and Ellison is the favorite to be the new leader of the DNC.

Together, the donors and Democratic politicians will discuss strategies to stymie Trump’s Presidency. First on the agenda is stopping his plans for his first 100 days in office. Meetings will also be held to discuss longer term strategies to obstruct future policies of a Trump administration.

Some on the far left are criticizing the summit, calling it frivolous. They say that it looks like a bunch of rich white people getting together to flaunt their wealth while working people suffer. Far-left progressives think this is exactly why Hilary Clinton lost the working class vote to Trump through the middle of the country. They want the party to embrace Bernie Sanders-style politics that eschew big money donors like the ones in the DA.

The DA is taking this meeting very seriously. The seriousness can be seen in the schedule of the summit, where Soros himself is penned in for a speech. Soros, despite founding the Democracy Alliance, is usually absent from the group’s meetings. His active participation in the meeting displays urgency on the billionaire’s part. George Soros has called Trump a threat to the United States and democracy. A holocaust survivor, Soros is leery of an authoritarian ruler in the United States.

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