The political scene in the United States has changed dramatically over the past year, in a number of important and heavy ways. To start off, the 2016 Presidential Election saw the rise of Donald Trump as the face of the Republican party. This shift in focus for one of the largest political parties in the United States was met with trepidation by anyone with a clear sense of progressive purpose including one man by the name of George Soros. Soros, a progressive investor who made billions as a hedge fund manager, has been uniquely focused on creating a better place for social justice and democratic values around the world. It is easy to see why he was so alarmed to see Donald Trump rise in power. In fact, it was the key contributing factor to his return to politics.
For decades George Soros has served largely as the greatest boogeyman that America’s right wing can blame problems on. Their reasoning is simple: George Soros is a top billionaire who is willing to put the common people before his own income. Soros has been politically active throughout his entire life. He first rose to political attention as a supporter for Al Gore in his presidential campaign against George Bush. Soros would also contribute to John Kerry’s campaign. Soros has long been a liberal and progressive stalwart and he saw the need for people like him during Trump’s rise during the election.George Soros and Donald Trump have never seen eye to eye. Trump’s brand of caustic rhetoric and his abuse toward social justice and equality has been well documented. In fact, Soros has gone so far as to call out Donald Trump for ‘stoking the fears of ISIS‘ thanks to his firebrand of fear-mongering. So, Soros decided to get involved where he could help out the most — with the Hillary Clinton campaign.
Soros jumped in to become one of the biggest donors to the Democratic party in 2016. He brought in nearly $25 million to Clinton’s campaign and those in the progressive party. He donated $7 million directly to pro-Clinton PACs while also supporting some of his key platforms: immigration reform, criminal justice reform, and voting rights. Donations to ‘Immigrants Voters Win’, ‘Voting Rights Trust’ and ‘Priorities USA Action’ helped to fuel that fight. The return of George Soros to the political scene did more than just boost Clinton’s fundraising numbers, it also motivated more liberal donors to get involved. Among those newly revitalized donors were Tom Steyer, Don Sussman, Haim Saban and Fred Eychaner. George Soros leads the charge and for good reason. He’s been one of the most giving philanthropists in the world, donating nearly $12 billion through the Open Society Foundations.