George Soros is a billionaire investor who offers generous donations to political movements and activist groups. He made headlines in 2004 after injecting more than $27 million to bring down President George W. Bush. During the 2016 campaign elections, Soros is believed to have donated over $25 million to fund Clinton’s presidential campaign and support, other Democratic candidates. To show his support for the cause of Democrats and the presidential nominee, Soros made plans to attend a Democratic convention where Clinton was to receive the Democratic presidential nomination. He later canceled the trip to monitor Europe’s economic situation where he is an active financial trader.
For years, George Soros continuously supported liberal causes. George Soros raised his stakes in 2016 owing to the hostile approach by the Republicans towards his interests and the causes he supported. He had supported reforms on immigration, criminal justice and religious tolerance in the United States for years. His contributions to the Democrats helped increase the campaign funds raised by Clinton supporters who also viewed his rival Donald Trump with suspicion of being an ally to the Russians. Part of his contributions included $7 million donated to Priorities USA Action a super PAC supporting Clinton’s campaigns. American Bridge 21st Century received $2 million and approximately $700,000 to Democratic Party committees and PACs working in support of Democrats.
Through his nonprofit Open Society Organization, George Soros supports numerous causes in Ferguson. He is the power behind protest movements modeled through his funding over the years. Kenneth Zimmerman, the director of Open Society Foundations in the US, said the funding for activist groups started in the 1990s with an aim to empower the community to live and participate in the government. He also denied allegations that the groups involved in Ferguson Protests acted in the name of Open Society Foundations despite being recipients of its funding. He attributes the protests by the groups to lack of democratic participation and accountability by relevant authorities. Visit his site to know more at opensocietyfoundations.org.
Different activist groups from across the United States organized the Ferguson protests. The sponsored groups mobilized protesters through social media platforms and formation of grass-root coalitions on the ground. The activists then descended on Ferguson city where numerous rallies and organized protests ran for days creating global media attention. After the incident, a follow-up of academic research and news articles from the funded groups continued to stream to the media giving a constant update and keeping the story alive.
Ferguson protests sought to bring and maintain the attention of the media in the city. With the attention, awareness on the ills and injustices in the city received more focus and came into play at the time of seeking solutions for the city. Ms. Frederique, one of the protest organizers and co-creator of #BlacklivesMatter said the move was intended to promote and protect the sovereignty of the people. Learn more on Biography about George