George Soros Plays Center Role in 2016 Election

George Soros is a famous businessman, investor and philanthropist, who is frequently the center of media attention for his involvement in American politics and open support of various liberal causes. Bloomberg’s Billionaires on recently named Soros one of the 30 richest people in the world, which explains how Soros is able to finance a wide range of progressive political causes as well as political candidates. In his professional life, Soros serves as the chairman of Soros Fund Management, which he founded in 1970. According to Inside Philanthropy in a 2015 article, in his philanthropic endeavors, George Soros has contributed almost $12 billion to a variety of causes since he began delving into charitable organizations decades ago in 1979.

Soros has received a great deal of media attention on for his political contributions in the 2016 presidential campaign. The New York Times recently ran a story on Soros’ role in helping to bankroll the mobilization of as many Latino and other immigrant voters as possible for the upcoming U.S. presidential election. The total amount of the immigrant voter mobilization campaign on is now at a whopping $15 million, which represents a serious effort to empower the voice of one of the segments of society that Soros thinks stands the most to lose if the wrong presidential candidate is elected this fall. The organization through which George Soros on theatlantic and other wealthy donors and political activists are contributing is Immigrant Voters Win PAC. The stated goal of the organization is to attract an additional 400,000 million Latino voters to the polls this November.

For Soros, the efforts of the Immigrant Voters Win PAC on are particularly important, especially in light of what he characterizes as dangerous rhetoric on immigration issues from Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump. Trump has been anything but quiet about his stance on immigration, including his insistence that we must build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, which he claims that he will force the Mexican government to pay for, and Soros says it is time to stand up to this kind of dangerous political nonsense. Soros also says that he thinks there should be some sort of accountability for the hurtful and often scary rhetoric from Trump, which he describes as anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant. Because Soros thinks that this type of hate-fueled speech is not in the best interest of the country as a whole and certainly not conducive to democratic principles, he is very vocal about his support of immigrants’ participation in the voting process this presidential race.

Soros has always been willing to take a serious stands for his belief and literally puts his money where his political mouth is. Even as far back as the 1970s, Soros helped to raise and invest funds so that black students could attend the University of Cape Town in apartheid South Africa. Through his leadership of the Open Society Foundations in more than 60 countries around the world, Soros consistently takes a stand to protect human rights and defend democratic ideals in all corners of the globe.