Throughout the 2016 U.S. Presidential election campaign it was often difficult to know who Republican candidate Donald Trump was fighting despite Hillary Clinton being named the nominee for the Democratic Party. The name George Soros often came up in the speeches of Donald Trump for the role he played in providing funding for the campaign of Clinton, but much of the rhetoric used by the eventual winner of the election worried Soros into adding more funds to those he had already given to Clinton and other Democratic candidates across the U.S.
George Soros through his political adviser, Michael Vachon, has already discussed the reasons why he felt so strongly about the need to defeat Trump and his associates during the Presidential election campaign; George Soros has been a major supporter of human rights around the world after establishing his own Open Society Foundations to battle Apartheid in South Africa during the 1980s. This dedication to political and social reform has remained a constant with Soros now seeing his group restricted in its operations across Russia because of the pro democracy stance the Open Society Foundations takes towards every country in the world.
In recent months George Soros has provided a large amount of funding for the campaign of Hillary Clinton to become the first female President of the United States. Records show George Soros donated around $25 million to the Clinton campaign in its various forms, including $9 million in donations to two Super PAC’s supporting Clinton and other Democratic candidates, the Priorities USA group and the American Bridge 21st Century Super PAC. 2016 has seen Soros return to activity in a range of areas, including his return to active trading with his own hedge fund and a greater level of interest in the European political situation. In fact, Soros refused an invitation to the Democratic National Convention to see Clinton receive the party’s nomination as he wished to monitor the situation in Europe regarding refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria.
The victory of Donald Trump has given George Soros reason to reflect on the role he plays in U.S. politics that will begin to be addressed at the three day meeting of donors for the Democracy Alliance in Washington D.C. The meeting was called before the election had taken place and has now taken on more significance than ever before as the group of Democrat donors will discuss their role in the future of the party. A late addition to the Democracy Alliance schedule, George Soros will provide his knowledge as political minds from the left leaning side of U.S. politics come together to form plans for the future of the party; the decision to attend the meeting shows George Soros is looking to oppose the plans for Trump’s first 100 days in office and his extended plans for his time in the White House.