The yin to the Koch’s yang, Soros seems to have a hand in nearly everything “progressive.” From Media Matters, to The Center for American Progress, to support for Bill DeBlasio, to Obama’s Organizing for Action, to literally dozens of other political non-profits and advocacy groups, the man likes to spend his money on things which grow the state.
I am convinced that there is a huge swathe of the “liberal” population who advocate for statism and just don’t know better. They honestly think they are advocating for justice, and peace, and the rest. I think this is true on occasion even for people who find themselves in Congress, and nearly always true for statists under 35 or so.
I can’t say that about Soros of course, who is a brilliant man with 8 decades under his belt. I think he knows exactly what a powerful state does to the average person and he sees that as preferable to the rednecks running around willy-nilly advocating for “liberty” and clinging to their bourgeois ways of thinking and being.
You see Mr. Soros knows best, and the heathens need to be managed for their own good.
In the attached article it states that in 2013 Soros’s group spent $11 million in lobbying efforts.
That might sound like a lot but it is nothing compared to the billions he has spent juicing “progressive” candidates and causes since the mid-1990s. Soros’s network is deep and it is wide. He might be the most influential person on the American Left right now. I can’t think of anyone in that tribe who wouldn’t take his phone call.
(From the Washington Post)
Soros and his generous support of liberal causes, through his philanthropy and his personal political spending, have long been the subject of conservative ire. But, until now, he hasn’t done much on the formal lobbying front, and the group’s huge increase in reported spending — it hit $11 million in 2013, more than triple the $3.25 million it spent the previous year — has drawn remarkably little notice.
The big jump placed the Soros group 27th in a recent year-end lobbying tally by the Center for Responsive Politics — just below defense giant General Dynamics and ahead of corporate powerhouses Dow Chemical, Chevron and Microsoft.
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