George Soros Positions Himself as a Major Opponent of President Donald Trump

George Soros is a business leader and political donor who knows a little about the problems that can be faced when the right wing of any nation rises to the top of the political election list of victories; Politico reports the young George Soros only survived the World War II Holocaust after his father made the decision to invest in forged papers that hid the Jewish background of the family and was coupled with a decision to allow his son to live with a Christian family. Eventually, George Soros escaped his home nation of Hungary in 1947 when Communist rule had become oppressive for the future founder of the Open Society Foundations and forced him to leave behind his parents and seek refuge in the U.K. where he worked as a porter and waiter to pay for his studies at the London School of Economics. Visit Project Syndicate to learn more about George.

In 2015 and 2016, George Soros made the decision to back the candidacy of Democrat and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the U.S. Presidency, this decision was taken for a number of reasons including the close friendship he shares with Clinton and his distrust of President Donald Trump. Soros predicted the rise of Donald Trump largely because of the right wing groups he surrounds himself with and the rhetoric that was used on the campaign trail by the now President that Soros sees as racist. The major donations made to a number of groups fighting for the voting rights of minority groups and to get as many minorities to vote during the 2016 election cycle as possible; Politico also reports George Soros provided more than $25 million in funding for the campaign and Super PAC’s of Hillary Clinton that he hoped would bring the former First Lady to The White House with a liberal agenda Soros had discussed with her on numerous occasions throughout 2015 and 2016. Read more about George’s life story at biography.com.

During the 2016 nomination process, George Soros explained his belief that an election victory for Donald Trump would do much to destabilize the security of the world that had been kept secure throughout the Presidency of President Barrack Obama. Soros himself was a vocal critic of the rhetoric of Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans throughout the campaigning season and feels his role as a leading member of the Democratic Party is to lead the opposition to the Trump Administration, particularly during the first months of the campaign as the Democrat’s seek to create a definitive plan to fight the rising influence of the Republican right wing in the Administration of President Trump. George Soros used the Democracy Alliance meeting that was held days after Trump’s election victory to bring together wealthy donors and begin the process of seeking a grassroots change in the U.S. political landscape towards the left.

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The PAC that Wants to Overturn the Citizens United supreme Court Ruling

A political action committee by the name Citizens United is dedicated to reforming campaign financing in the United States. The organization had planned to funnel tens of millions in campaign funding to democratic candidates sympathetic to its course. It wanted to target candidates in both the Senate and House races during the 2016 election cycle.

 

The PAC officially launched in August of 2016 and managed to raise over $2 million from small donors in that same month. The group foresaw being able to rack up about $30 million by the end of that election cycle.

 

Its Main Goal

 

The goal has a final goal of passing a constitutional amendment that will reverse the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court in 2010. That ruling, according to the group, was one of the most damaging decisions to democracy in the US. It allowed dark money to flood American politics, giving corporations an unfair advantage over the common people. By August, 325,000 people had signed its petition. That number received a boost after it partnered with “Ready for Hillary.” Under the collaboration, the group rented out its email list, which had over 4 million people. The PAC announced that it had endorsed 11 candidates running as democrats. The candidates included Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet and former Wisconsin senator Russ Feingold.

 

Why It Is Different

 

Other PACs have attempted to push for campaign reform. However, the group’s officials feel that they are different since most other did not concentrate on trying to get officials elected. By backing candidates that can bring about reform, it hopes it can get voices in the house and senate that can stand up to End Citizens United. To achieve this dream, the group has set up an expenditure arm that will coordinate the backing of candidates financially.

 

Most Experts are Skeptical

 

While the PAC would also like to see reform at the state and local level, its main goal is passing a constitutional amendment. However, most experts in campaign finance are not confident that the PAC will succeed. For the constitution to be amended, it requires that two-thirds of the House and Senate agree to it. Besides that, three-fourths of the states must agree to it.

 

About End Citizens United

 

American politics has become permeated by dark money in recent years. Since the Supreme Court ruling of 2010, corporations are now recognized as people. That means they can give as much as their deep pockets allow them. That is an affront to Democracy according to Citizens United. They aim to get enough democratic candidates elected to both houses to fight for reform. In so doing, it hopes to end the era of mega corporations having an unfair influence on American political life.