The hedge fund manager and global politics specialist George Soros has recently made his return to the U.S. political scene that some activists and campaigners claim the Hungarian born billionaire never really left. Politico reports George Soros returned to the U.S. Presidential cycle in 2016 when he made the decision to extend his three decades long political friendship with Hillary Clinton by backing her campaign to become the first female President of the U.S.; Soros made donations directly to the Clinton campaign and the Super PAC’s backing her candidacy totaling more than $24 million, a number only surpassed by his 2004 $27 million donation to the campaign of John Kerry. Many friends and colleagues believe George Soros was driven by a desire to fight the rise of the right wing in global politics that had led the U.K. to the “Brexit” decision and entered the latter stages of the French election. Throughout 2016, George Soros was a fierce critic of President Donald Trump and criticized what the founder of the Open Society Foundations described as a rhetoric that did the work of ISIS for the terrorist group.
Members of the U.S. civil rights activism community would argue George Soros has never really left the political landscape of the nation because of the role he plays in backing their organizations with financial donations made through his own Open Society Foundations. The Washington Times reports George Soros played an important role in providing financial support for the Ferguson, Missouri protests of late Summer and Fall in 2014 through the groups backed annually by the Open Society Foundations; although the funding of George Soros was not directly provided to the protesters in Ferguson, a large amount of funding made its way to the city via groups involved in the “#BlackLivesMatter” and “Hands Up Coalition!” Soros supports each year. Read his profile at Forbes.
The protests in Ferguson, Missouri were begun because of the shooting of Michael Brown, an African American male killed by law enforcement officers. George Soros has long held the belief the U.S. criminal justice system is weighed against African American males and Latino’s who are arrested more frequently than their white counterparts; the 2016 election cycle also saw a change in tack for the man credited with breaking the Bank of England in 1992 as he set out to back local and state level candidates for positions such as district attorney and prosecutor that have been dominated by white males over 50 throughout the history of the U.S. Funding the protests in Ferguson is another example of how George Soros is affecting a positive change in U.S, society without looking for personal gain or fame from his achievements. Know more on businessinsider.com about George Soros.