The return of billionaire philanthropist and progressive George Soros could pay huge dividends in the massive political battle that is shaping up for years to come. George Soros rose to prominence in the early ’00s when he backed Al Gore in his run for President against incumbent George W. Bush. While Gore did not win the election Soros quickly established himself as one of the more important liberal mega donors in the political game. Soros has mostly been keeping out of the spotlight over the past couple of years, focusing mainly on his philanthropic foundation — the Open Society Foundations, but now the man has back and he is back with a vengeance.
The big difference between progressives and conservatives in the American political game is that the majority of billionaires work hand in hand with conservative politicians, case in point = the Koch Brothers. George Soros bucks that trend because he puts all of his money toward embracing progressive values, social justice, democratic ideals, and education. As a result Soros has become the ultimate boogeyman for the conservative right. Soros had been disenfranchised by the prevalence of big money in politics but the rise of Donald Trump as a Presidential candidate (and eventual President) would give Soros just enough pause to re-enter the game. Soros and Trump were completely at odds with one another in the 2016 election campaign and it is easy to see why.
Soros returned in order to support Hillary Clinton in her run up as the Democratic nominee for President of the United States. Soros personally donated $8 million in order to boost up Clinton’s numbers as she sought to keep up with Trump’s Koch Brother fueled campaign. Soros would also donate big money to progressive candidates all around the United States, hoping to steal some seats anywhere that it was possible. Michael Vachon, the personal political adviser to George Soros, says that his client returned due to the sheer vitriol in the political climate and just how high the stakes were. Donald Trump stands for everything that Soros has spent his entire life fighting against. Read his profile at Business Insider.
If you know George Soros’ backstory then you are likely familiar with the fact that he grew up during the Nazi occupation of Hungary. Soros saw firsthand what terrible people with a ton of power could do. This led Soros to start the Open Society Foundation once he found his way to wealth. This foundation has been instrumental in funding grassroots activism all over the world, including Ferguson, MO. Soros helped to fund the Ferguson Protests that shed so much light on police brutality and systemic racism in the police force. Soros’ return likely means a boon for these causes, as well. Read more about George’s life story at biography.com.