Executives at ultra-profitable Soros Fund Management donated to top anti-Trump Republicans such as Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio in the 2016 election cycle, Matthew Boyle reports at Breitbart News.
It appears the Soros people intended to pursue a two-pronged strategy against candidate Trump, funding his Democrat opponents, along with his enemies in the Republican Party. Or the hedge fund managers were hedging their bets.
Who is George Soros, by the way? He’s an 86-year-old speculator worth more than $25 billion, the preeminent funder of the activist Left in America, and an avowed enemy of President Trump. He has said “Donald Trump is doing the work of ISIS” and that ideas like banning entry to the U.S. by Muslims might “convince the Muslim community that there is no alternative but terrorism.” Soros is also funding legal efforts aimed at crippling the Trump administration and keeping America’s borders wide open to Muslim terrorists.
He has spent an estimated $7 billion or more on giving left-wing groups the resources to screw up America. Soros calls America “the main obstacle to a stable and just world order” and hails Communist China for having “a better-functioning government than the United States.” He says European-style socialism “is exactly what we need” and funds open-borders groups in order to corrode the nation’s culture and change its electorate.
As Boyle reports, executives at Soros Fund Management (SFM), an investment management firm that started out in 1969 as a hedge fund, were “heavily involved in backing political candidates giving millions upon millions to groups that were supporting failed 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton for the presidency.” The firm is now run by Soros’s son Robert.
In total, executives with the Soros-founded company pushed $36,800 into the coffers of these GOP candidates just this past cycle. That does not include Super PACs or campaign committees, which saw tens of thousands of dollars more. While these numbers for Republicans pale in comparison to the millions upon millions poured into Democratic groups, causes, and candidates, it is significant that Soros executives are making a play inside the GOP. Perhaps even more significant is the type of Republican they aim to prop up: pro-amnesty, pro-open borders on trade, and generally speaking anti-Trump. A pattern emerges when looking at the policies of the Republicans that these Soros Fund Management executives support financially.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), who endorsed Trump but tried to sabotage his candidacy, took $10,800 from SFM employees during the election cycle.
SFM employees gave $3,500 to Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), $2,700 to Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), $2,700 to Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and $2,700 to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — all unsuccessful 2016 presidential candidates who fell to the Trump juggernaut during primary season.
Anti-Trump Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), who was beaten by President Obama in 2008, received $2,500 from an SFM executive. Former Speaker of the House John Boehner (Ohio), who gave up his gavel in October 2015 when challenged by conservatives, accepted $2,600 from an executive at SFM.
Former Rep. Joe Heck (Nev.) took $2,500 from an SFM executive. Heck ran as the GOP’s standard-bearer in the Nevada Senate race but lost after pulling his endorsement of Trump.
Rep. Carlos Curbelo (Fla.)—a “Never Trump” lawmaker, took $1,000 from an executive at SFM.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.), who chairs the House GOP conference, received $1,000 from an SFM employee. She is placed in the “anti-Trump Republican” category by Boyle for, in his words, “unleashing the independent and wildly unsuccessful general election candidate Evan McMullin.” McMullin was a congressional staffer to McMorris Rodgers and for almost two years was chief policy director for the House GOP conference.
A handful of Republican candidates who did back Trump for president accepted donations from SFM employees.
Sens. Ron Johnson (Wisc.) and Chuck Grassley (Iowa) each received $1,000. Reps. Dan Donovan (N.Y.) and Ed Royce (Calif.) received $300 and $2,500, respectively.