George Soros Instrumental in Progressive Fight Through America

In 2015 the United States was rocked by the shooting of Michael Brown via Officer Darren Wilson. The shooting instigated a country wide conversation on the way that law enforcement officers interacted with minority individuals in the line of their duty. The Ferguson Protests were instrumental in getting people to pay attention to social inequality. At the heart of these protests was a man by the name of George Soros. Soros is a billionaire investor, one of the leading philanthropists on the planet, and a lifelong progressive. His faith in the grassroots ability of social justice was the energy that fueled these protests. Learn more on Discover the Networks about George Soros.

George Soros knows the power of the people and he also knows the force of oppression, having grown up as a Jew in Nazi-occupied Hungary. Knowing both of these ends of the balance led Soros to focus on making sure it would never happen again. Soros, a noted liberal, established the Open Society Foundations as his way of reaching out to help these grassroots campaigns get going with the juice that they need in order to stand up for what is right. Soros would go on to donate nearly $33 million to grassroots activists in and around Ferguson leading up to the fated shooting. Kenneth Zimmerman, director at the Open Society Foundations, said: “Our DNA includes a belief that having people participate in government is indispensable to living in a more just, inclusive, democratic society.”

The 2016 Presidential Election found a way to get George Soros back into the fray and fighting for the ideals echoed by Kenneth Zimmerman above. Soros saw the rise in popularity of Donald Trump, who would go on to become President, and he knew that he had to act and act quickly. George Soros was last fully in the political fray in 2004 when he backed Al Gore against President Bush in one of the most controversial elections of all time. After that election Soros opted to step back and let the political machine do its thing, working his magic on the outside by funding and fueling philanthropic endeavors and grassroots operations.

With that being said, George Soros couldn’t sit idly by and watch as Donald Trump rose in power standing on everything that his progressive values shouted out against. So, Soros would jump back into the fray by backing Hillary Clinton in her presidential bid. Soros would end up donating nearly $25 million to various Democratic and progressive platforms while giving Clinton his full support. The reason for this return to politics was encapsulated by Soros’ own adviser, Michael Vachon. Vachon said, “This year the political stakes are exceptionally high.” Vachon went on to echo how Trump had subverted the American way by turning politics into a hostile game that would seek to damage and destroy lives. Read this story at about George Soros.

With President Trump in office many people are turning to folks like George Soros to help steady the ship going forward. Soros is partnering up with other elite progressives in order to fuel a resistance to the Trump and GOP’s destructive agenda.

Billionaire Dick DeVos Supports Rubio As Best Choice Of GOP Candidates

The DeVos family of West Michigan is known for giving away billions in their efforts to make the Grand Rapid area the best community to live in as well as in support of education, health and community services, arts and culture, and faith based organizations. Michigan Live reported that the family has a total lifetime philanthropy total of $1.2 billion which doesn’t include their continual support of the Republican Party. In 2014 the DeVoses gave $94 million and was 20th in the annual Top 50 givers list. According to the 2013 IRS records, the DeVoses donated $90.9 million with $60 million staying in the greater Grand Rapids area. For months, the DeVos family have been contributing to GOP candidates or super PACS (Political Action Committees) and have given at least $21,600 to Marco Rubio, who Dick and wife Betsy have know since his days as the speaker of the Florida House of Representatives in 2006-2008 while they were gaining support for the expansion of school choice laws in the state of Florida. Dick said that Marco deserved a lot of credit for the gains in education for the children of Florida. He went on to say that the Republican party needed a leader of Marco’s capability, experience and perspective. Although New Day for America, a super PAC, favors Ohio Governor John Kasich as the better candidate to defeat Hillary Clinton, Dick DeVos said that the primaries allow them to sort out which candidate was the best choice and that it is Marco Rubio became clear. The hope is that this will be realized by all Republicans by convention time. 

He also contributed $2,700 to both Bush and Rubio committees in November. His wife Helen donated $2,700 each to Kasich, Bush and Rubio at that time as well. Dick DeVos told The Detroit News that his family decided to back Rubio after former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush dropped out of the race and added that he would like to do what he could to help Marco gain momentum. With the announcement of his support, there is sure to be lots of campaign contributions to Rubio’s campaign. The DeVos family giving encourages others to give as well. He has generated support for projects that benefited Grand Rapids including philanthropic collaborators with the late Fred Meijer, Peter Wege, and Jim Brooks. The DeVoses also have 5 foundations to help their community improvement efforts and have given directly to non-profit organizations. Rich DeVos has also earned the title of Grand Valley State University largest donor with contributions of $36 million. He had a vision back 50 years ago when GVSU was a small school in the middle of a cornfield and said that it needed to become an academic village that would benefit students, fuel downtown development and make West Michigan a better place. It now has a 82% retention rate, an all time enrollment record of 25,094 students and is the fourth largest public university in the state. Although Dick DeVos was defeated for a bid for governor in 2006, the influence of the DeVos family has had and continue to have an impact.

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