George Soros is an American billionaire known for many things. He is known for his outsized political donations and constant crusade against injustices of all nature. He is known to fund campaigns that stand for criminal justice reforms, religious tolerance, and immigration reforms. Many people believe that he advocates for these causes as they touch him personally. George Soros is of Hungarian descent having being born in Budapest 85 years ago. Other than national politics, George Soros supports local elections. His latest involvement with this campaigns is supporting local district attorneys in Phoenix and Colorado. Soros also supports elections of sheriffs who stand for changes in the criminal justice reform.
During the 2004 presidential elections, George Soros donated $24 million to help defeat George Bush. He was unsuccessful in this bid, and this led him to scale back when it comes to political donations. However, after 12 years of inactivity in political contributions, George Soros came back with a bang in the 2016 presidential elections where he funded his close friend Hillary Clinton and other causes that supported her election. At the end of the campaign, George Soros was reported to have donated around $25 million. This was in accordance to reports released by the federal election commission, the Democratic Party operatives as well as tax return documents of George Soros.
According to the Politico, George Soros and Mrs. Clinton have known each other for more than two and a half decades. According to the same source, George Soros had initially committed to attend the Democratic Party Convention in Philadelphia to hear Clinton accept the nomination. However, he had to cancel this trip as emergency issues arose with his business in Europe and he had to monitor the situation. During the past elections, George Soros seemed engaged as he felt stakes were high. George Soros and Donald Trump seemed to disagree on many issues and this maybe perhaps the reason he was actively involved in the campaign. Read more about George at The New York Times.
Whenever George Soros makes a political donation, it’s usually followed by other donations from other rich billionaires, and this was the case with this donation. It spurred donations from Tom Stayer who donated $31 million, Don Sussman who donated $13.2 million and donations from Fred Eychaner and Haim Saban with each making donations of $ 11 million.
Among the things that Soros holds dear is the democracy. For this reason, Soros funds non-violent democratization of many states across the globe. He has funded such campaigns in Burma, Ukraine, Kenya and South Africa. His earliest involvement with democracy is helping South African students fight against the apartheid rule in 1989. He often writes books concerning finance, stock trading, and economics. He recently pleaded with the European Union to implement tougher sanctions against Russia for crimes on Ukraine.
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