Liberal billionaire George Soros has been called the “solitary man at the financial center of the Ferguson protest movement” by the Washington Times.
In a single year, Soros gave at least $33 million to support groups that helped Ferguson protesters, according to the recent tax filings of his Open Society Foundations nonprofit.
Kenneth Zimmerman, director of Open Society Foundations’ US programs, said in an interview with the Times:
Our DNA includes a belief that having people participate in government is indispensable to living in a more just, inclusive, democratic society. Helping groups combine policy, research [and] data collection with community organizing feels very much the way our society becomes more accountable.
Mr. Soros is a financier who is well known for using his fortune to support liberal causes. He gave $1 million to Barack Obama’s super PAC in 2012.
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His foundations manage almost $3 billion in assets per year. As the Times notes:
The Foundation to Promote Open Society managed $2.2 billion in assets in 2011, and his Open Society Institute managed $685.9 million in 2012.
In comparison, David and Charles Koch, the billionaire brothers whom liberals often call a threat to democracy — and worse — for their conservative influence, had $308 million tied up in their foundation and institute in 2011.
Buses of activists from a litany of organizations — all funded in part by Mr. Soros — descended on Ferguson, including the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference, the Drug Policy Alliance, Make the Road New York, Equal Justice USA, Sojourners, the Advancement Project, the Center for Community Change, and networks from the Gamaliel Foundation.
Kassandra Fredirique, policy manager at the Drug Policy Alliance, said:
We recognized this movement is similar to the work we’re doing at DPA. The war on drugs has always been to operationalize, institutionalize and criminalize people of color. Protecting personal sovereignty is a cornerstone of the work we do and what this movement is all about.
h/t: The Washington Times