2016 saw the return of liberal political donor George Soros to the public eye when he decided to throw his considerable financial weight behind the U.S. Presidential campaign of Democrat Hillary Clinton. Soros had not played a key role in the U.S. political landscape since the 2004 Presidential election campaign when he provided more than $27 million in donations for the campaign of then Senator John Kerry; part of the reason for the return of George Soros to the U.S. political landscape on Forbes seems to be the 25 year political friendship he shares with Clinton, and his concern about the direction global politics appears to be taking.
In the wake of the victory of Republican Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential election George Soros and his fellow Democratic donors decided to meet under the Democracy Alliance banner in Washington D.C. Soros had provided around $25 million in funding for the campaign of Hillary Clinton with $15 million provided directly to her campaign and a further $10 million for Super PAC’s who attempted to help with the election of the former Secretary of State.
Born in Hungary in the 1930s, George Soros has survived the Holocaust during World War II and made a refugee journey across Europe to escape the tyranny of Socialist rule in Eastern Europe in the late 1940s; following his own difficult early life Soros has developed a keen sense of social justice that he believes is best served by liberal policies and Democratic values across the world. Throughout 2015 and 2016 George Soros was not only concerned with the Presidential election campaign, but also with making sure social justice is protected in the U.S. at all times. George Soros provided around $5 million in funding to help protect the voting rights of minority groups in the U.S. and developed links to many Democrat candidates in state level elections for criminal justice positions. More than $3.5 million was pledged by George Soros to candidates for prosecutor positions at state level who he hopes will make a fairer justice system beginning at grassroots level on Snopes.
The response to the victory of Donald Trump has been swift from George Soros and includes his decision to attend the Democracy Alliance three day event that includes discussions with some of the top Democrat’s in the U.S. Discussions ranged from how to return the Democrat’s to power in the coming years and how best to begin the fight to halt the right wing policies of Donald Trump and his followers; Soros stated the battle will begin on day one of the Trump Administration and continue as the party attempts to protect the legacy of outgoing President Barrack Obama.