During the election year, billionaire investor George Soros donated more than $25 million to support presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and other Democratic candidates according to the Federal election commission findings. The only other time Soros was actively involved in politics was when he donated millions to the Democrats in 2004 to defeat President George W. Bush in the elections. Michael Vachon, Soros’ political advisor, said that it his client has been a consistent donor to liberal causes on nytimes.com, but in 2016 elections the stakes were high. The Republicans seemed to give little attention to immigration reform, religious tolerance and criminal justice, things George had supported for many years.
The Hungarian-born George Soros accused Clinton’s rival Donald Trump of doing the dirty work for ISIS by sparking fear among Americans. Soros decision to cash in on Clinton was indeed a good sign for the Democrats. In the end, Trump’s win in the presidential race shocked many Americans. Wealthy liberals, with the inclusion of George Soros, gathered in Washington for a three-day closed-door meeting to figure out how they were going to counter Donald Trump’s presidency. The conference, sponsored by the Democracy Alliance donor club took place at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
Apart from the wealthy liberals who donated millions to support Clinton, also in attendance at the conference were; leaders of liberal groups and unions, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chairman Keith Ellison on Politico. The meeting indicates that the liberals are will be well prepared to fight against Mr. Trump. They plan on opposing Trump’s hundred-day plan which they see as an insult to President Obama’s achievements and wrong for a nation which is supposed to be the haven of justice. Soros was scheduled to appear as a speaker at the conference. He lived through the Holocaust and the Soviet Communism, and that is the main reason he funds organizations which promote human rights.
In November 2016, George Soros gave $2million to a group which intended to defeat Maricopa County Sherriff Joe Arpaio. It was the latest of Soros’ spending on law enforcement campaigns on Forbes in the U.S. The PAC, funded by George Soros, filed documents to show the millions invested in the campaign against Arpaio. The other donors to the cause include; Texas energy billionaires Laura and John Arnolds who contributed $500,000 and Laurene Powell Jobs ($250,000) His donations are meant to support immigration and criminal justice reform in the country. They aim at defeating local prosecutors all around the country and backing new ones who support criminal and immigration reforms.
George Soros’ investment against Arpaio was his biggest investment in a local race in 2016 and also his first against a sheriff. The federal prosecutors charged Arpaio for contempt of court. It was after he went against an order to stop discriminatory policing practices. Maricopa Strong has spent around $2.9 million in the race. The donations from the group fund mailers and television ads to support Democratic candidate Paul Benzone. The group hopes to create a better justice system in Arizona when they manage to defeat Arpaio.