George Soros may just be the most politically powerful man alive. His enemies say he is a demon. His supporters say he is an angel, a Godsend. Whatever the truth, George Soros is a complicated and gifted individual. An immigrant himself, he came to Britain as a war refuge escaping the Nazi and Russian invasion of his native Hungary, he has a special place in his heart for the troubles and the challenges associated with immigrants.He recently gave $3 million to a super PAC to get out the Hispanic vote. George Soros was quoted in the September 2016 issue of Forbes that his foundation will fund companies founded by refugees to the tune of $500 million. He has used his vast power to help the underdog, the poor peasant ignored by the powers that be. George Soros, throughout his life, has affected the American political and social outlook more than any other single individual.
Soro’s influence stems from his wealth. He personally has $13 billion, and controls $25 billion more through his investment firm. Soros’ money, combined with his political passion, make him a formidable individual. He once wrote, “I admit that I have always harbored an exaggerated view of self-importance… .” According to his biographer, Michael Kaufman, Soros once stated that his goal in life is to use his non-profit organizations to become “the conscience of the world,” financing entities that he considers socially responsible.In addition to a multitude of non-profit organizations, Soros injects himself into politics directly. In the 2004 presidential election, Soros spent an estimated $27 million to try to defeat George W. Bush. After Bush’s reelection, he went into a sort of semi-retirement and focused his energies on funding various non-profits.
Now, George Soros is back into politics with a vengeance. According to George Soros he donated more than $25 million to fund Democratic candidates, especially Hillary Clinton running against Donald Trump. In addition of direct contributions, Soros has the unique ability to lead other wealthy donors to contribute to Democratic candidates and causes. According to Politico, this includes environmentalist Tom Steyer of San Francisco, $31 million, hedge fund manager Don Sussman of New York, over $13.2 million, media to various campaigns and committees) and media magnates Haim Saban and Fred Eychaner, over $11 million each.Soros’ latest project has been the Democracy Alliance, a Democratic Think Tank of major contributors preparing for long term goals.