To many people around the world George Soros is seen as a major part of the left leaning political scene who has played a big part in bringing democracy to many people around the world. The Holocaust survivor who made a dramatic refugee journey of his own from his native Hungary at the end of World War II has been a big part of U.S. politics for decades, and looked to use some of the estimated $25 billion fortune he has amassed to help Democratic candidates to office in the 21st century at both national and state levels.
Despite spending much of his time looking to protect democracy in the U.S. Soros has always taken an international view of his political work after creating his own philanthropic group, the Open Society Foundations in the 1980s; the group was created by Soros in a bid to educate those trapped by South Africa’s apartheid regime and has continued to back other groups and refugees over the last four decades. Soros maintains his international outlook at all times and turned down an invitation to the Democratic convention after becoming concerned over the issues facing Europe as the Syrian refugee crisis continued to cause issues around the world.
The victory of Republican Donald Trump during the 2016 election cycle has prompted George Soros to take an even more active role in the future of the Democratic party as the political group looks to regroup after Republican gains in 2016. Soros and a number of other political donors to the Democrat’s have come together under the Democracy Alliance banner in a bid to plot a return to power for Democratic candidates beginning with state level gains in 2017 and 2018; Soros will provide a talk for his fellow donors and some of the most influential figures in the party in a change of schedule announced the morning after the Presidential victory of Donald Trump.
Over the course of 2016, the political donations of George Soros had prompted headlines around the world when his giving reached around $25 million towards the campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Soros became well known for prompting major donations from other backers of the Democratic party during the 2016 cycle as major Super PAC’s lobbied for his support over the course of the Presidential campaign; Soros eventually backed the Priorities USA group to the tune of around $7 million, and provided around $10 million in backing for Clinton supporting Super PAC’s as a whole.