George Soros, 85 year-old Hungarian, is a billionaire investor who is a mega donor to Democratic initiatives. George Soros also advocates for issues like immigration reform, religious tolerance and criminal justice reform. During the 2004 elections, George spent a then-unprecedented $27 million in an effort to defeat President George Bush. In the concluded elections, he scaled back his political donations where George Soros emerged as the top donor of Democratic politics. His determination to defeat Donald Trump was seen in Democratic finance circles where he spent overwhelmingly in support of Hillary Clinton. Soros spent over $25 million on Hillary Clinton Campaigns and other Democratic candidates and projects. This information on nytimes.com was derived from the reports released by the Federal Election Commission as well as information provided by his associates and Democratic fundraising operatives.
Michael Vachon, George’s political adviser, said that high political stakes in 2016 motivated Soros to engage in politics. He added that the hostility in sectors that Soros advocates for saw him put faith in Hillary than Trump, whom he accused of doing the work of ISIS. George Soros’ willingness to support Hillary was also driven by his long term friendship with her where he had even planned to go watch her accept the Democratic Presidential nomination but failed due to commitments back in Europe. His active contribution catalyzed donations by other wealthy activists on businessinsider.com. Other liberal donors like Tom Steyer, Don Sussman, Haim Saban and Fred Eychaner also signed big checks in support of Hillary.
After the elections that favored Donald Trump, George Soros and other wealthy liberals who spent massively during Hillary’s campaigns gathered in Washington at Mandarin Oriental hotel on Forbes. The three-day closed-door meeting discussed how to spend the remaining portion of the big money to resist Donald Trump. According to documents obtained by POLITICO, they deliberated on how to prepare for the 2017 and 2018 elections. In addition, other sessions focused on thwarting Trump’s 100-day plan, which the liberals termed as a terrifying assault on former President Obama’s achievements. Leaders of top unions and liberal groups attended the meeting. They included notable persons of the left like Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Keith Ellison, the co-chairman of Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Soros has also been involved in the quiet overhaul of the US justice system. He injected over $3 million in support of the 2016 under-the-radar campaign whose objective was to reshape the American justice system. He channeled the $3 million over the past year into 7 local district-attorney campaigns in 6 states. His contributions targeted African-American and Hispanic candidates who ran on platforms that aim to achieve same goals as Soros’ like replacing trial with diversion programs for some of drug offenders to reduce racial disparities.
Due to his love for immigration reform, George Soros also invested $500 million to migrant and refugee business, responding to call for action by Obama administration where companies were called upon help deal with refugee crisis in the US. At one time, Soros mentioned that the private sector is a powerful tool in managing the refugee crisis. He explained that he would invest the money in startups, developed companies and social-impact projects that directly or indirectly support migrants and refugees in the U.S. and beyond.