George Soros Politics, Social Concern, and Philanthropy

George Soros, a well-known person in history, was born in the year 1930 on the 12th of August in Hungary. He was a son of Erzebat and Tividar Schwartz who were non-practicing Jews. George and is family fled Hungary the country where he was born and moved to England. Here George attended London School of Economics. He put himself through school through working as a waiter and a railway porter before being a merchant bank. Soros later went to New York where he got his Wall Street Start and as well as establishing his hedge fund in the year 1969. He used $12 million to start the hedge fund which was afterward rebranded as Quantum Fund.

George Soros started his philanthropic activities in 1979. Five years later he started an Open Society Foundation in his home country and 1987, he established an office in Moscow. After establishing the Moscow office is when he started using huge amounts of money for various causes. His spending rose from $3 million in 1978 to more than $300 million in the year 1992. During the same period, Soros established many foundations throughout Central Asia and Eastern Europe. He was happy with the progress he had made and his influence increase as a result of his extraordinary wealth. Read his profile at Forbes.

Growing up George Soros had the concern of other people’s well-being at heart. His godfather being a member in politics, Soros growing up knowing that money is the most useful asset in life. He saw how his godfather had a good life while other people were suffering. This experience made him believe that the only way to have a better and comfortable life is to have money. He was a young boy at this point and would not do much at that time. He thought to himself that if people made money, then he would as well. He accomplished the goal, and since then he has been using his wealth to support many nations across the globe.

Statistics provided by George Soros’ associates, interviews, and the Federal Election Commission show that since George started engaging in charity, he has committed more than $25 million dollars to support various causes. He has also engaged in various currency trades using an estimated amount of $24.9 billion. His political advisor says Soros has been a consistent donor when it comes to politics and that is why he has used huge amounts of money on supporting politics. An example of an instance where he did not succeed is during Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton. There were issues against some agendas he supported such as religious tolerance and immigration. The situation made it hard for his support of Clinton. Read more on NYTimes.com.

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End Citizens United is taking on corporate money one donation at a time

David is sizing up Goliath and starting to feel pretty good about his chances. The task of taking on corporate America seems like an extremely daunting challenge. However, End Citizens United continues to get the word out about potential political corruption both to its ever-growing supporters and those who might be on the fence or might be uninformed. In a recent article on ECU’s website they exposed a fairly blatant example of “pay for play”, The American Action Network spent two million dollars rewarding the 21 republican members of Congress who voted to take away the health benefits of twenty-four Amercan citizens. In addition to voting for the repeal bill, they added an age tax for seniors, allowed insurance companies to charge higher rates for people over 50, and endangering life-saving protections for citizens by putting in stipulations regarding individuals with pre-existing conditions. It’s become an obvious battle between the vulnerable and exposed individual taking on the secretive, monetarily motivated corporate interests. On the surface the odds don’t look to be in the individual’s favor. Although, it does seem that slowly but surely people are waking up to the realization that there’s one thing that trumps money(no pun intended) and that’s the pure numbers. Enter in the 98%.

 

End Citizens United was established in March of 2015. It was largely founded in response to the controversial 2010 Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court which in a nutshell gave corporations the same rights as people and allowed dark money to flood into and unfairly influence our electoral and policy making processes. This has allowed corporate money to distort America’s democracy and has ushered in the rise of the SuperPacs. Making the America that was founded on the belief that every vote(voice) counted seem like something to be found only in history books as America has started to resemble an oligarchy as opposed to a democracy. End Citizens United has taken on this challenge and very quickly have made a huge impact on the political front and the opposition has definitely taken notice. In just the first three months of this year, End Citizens United has raised 4 million dollars from 100,000 individuals. At this pace it is expected to raise 35 million ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. This conglomerate made up of individual American citizens is primed to play a major role in those upcoming elections. These are numbers that the corporate special interests cannot be happy about. And along with that, you can rest assured they’re well aware of how the story of David and Goliath panned out.

 

George Soros’ fighting for criminal justice reform

George Soros is a financial giant and the millions he has given to Democratic campaigns has helped keep the party alive when it comes to fighting for Democratic values. Soros is devoted to criminal justice reform and can be seen through his financial support for candidates fighting to unseat district attorneys in Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas.

The Democratic billionaire has poured more than $3 million into seven district attorney races. Soros has supported campaigns run by African American and Hispanic candidates who focuses on issues that are important to Soros. Soros even targeted Sheriff Joe Arpaio, spending $2 million unseating the controversial Conservative sheriff.

Soros has spent millions in the last two years fighting to unseat three district attorneys in Houston, Gilpin and Jefferson counties outside Denver. Soros’ investment in the defeat of Sheriff Arpaio is his largest investment in a local race this election cycle and is his first battle against a sheriff.

Soros’ contributions were poured into Maricopa Strong, who has spent $2.9 million boosting Sheriff Arpaio’s opponent Democratic candidate Paul Penzone. While other major financial donors focus on presidential and congressional campaigns, Soros has directed more than $3 million into his campaign for criminal justice reform. His money has backed African-American and Hispanic candidates, who ran on platforms that Soros is a strong supporter of.

George Soros has funded his own tv ads highlighting the need for criminal justice reform. The recent news coverage of racial justice issues, especially the recent police-involved deaths of African-Americans, spotlighting the need for district attorneys who follow the rule of law.

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George Soros has also spent millions fighting for drug policy reform and legislation that works to reduce incarceration rates in our prison systems. Soros chairs the nonprofit foundation Open Societies Foundation, which fights for criminal justice reform.

George Soros’ involvement in local races is being copied by Republicans. George Soros is fighting for changes as prison costs are increasing. George Soros is working to remake the landscape of our criminal justice system for the good. Soros has spent millions over the twenty years attempting to reform the criminal justice system, making small successes over the years.

George Soros has increased his donations this year because he believes the political stakes are extremely high. Soros turning on the cash flow is seen by the Democrats as a very good sign for the party and passage of future legislation.

Read this story at Politico about George Soros.

Read more about George Soros on Forbes