George Soros is often referred to as one of the world’s biggest political donors for the work he completes on behalf of the U.S. Democratic Party; however, the Hungarian born hedge fund expert has actually sat out the majority of elections after his $27 million in funding for the election campaign of Democrat John Kerry in 2004. The return of George Soros in 2016 to major political giving coincided with the nomination of Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination after a 25 year political relationship she has shared with George Soros, and resulted in around $25 million in funding for her campaign.
The 2016 Presidential election results may not have gone the way George Soros was hoping as Republican Donald Trump swept to a shocking victory, but George Soros had won major victories with his major backing of state level election Democrat candidates. In a major change of direction George Soros provided around $3.5 million in funding in 2015 and 2016 for state level candidates hoping to gain office as district attorney’s and prosecutors; according to advisors for George Soros the Holocaust survivor made the decision to back candidates at state level in a bid to provide more diversity in law making at state level at http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/george-soros-democratic-convention-226267. Soros and his team of political advisors believe the inequality seen at state level has resulted in African-American and Hispanic groups being prosecuted differently to other groups.
George Soros has always had an eye on how best to help the people of the world in fighting oppression and the rise of extreme right wing conservatism; in the U.S. Soros founded the Democracy Alliance to allow wealthy donors with left leanings to come together and discuss policy with major Democrat figures on opensocietyfoundations.org. Following the election victory of Donald Trump in November 2016 a Democracy Alliance meeting planned for the days after the election took on extra importance for Soros as he decided to attend the three day event and speak about the election campaign and future direction of the party. Not only is George Soros looking to help the Democrat’s return to power starting with the 2017 state level elections on Forbes, he is also looking at how his own involvement in politics is viewed and how best wealthy donors like himself should influence elections and policy in the future.