George Soros and Other Donors to Fund Campaign to Bring Out Latino Voters
George Soros and other like-minded donors plan to fund the largest campaign ever to urge Latino and immigrant populations to vote. They are planning to raise $15 million, with Soros himself contributing $5 million.
Money would be sent to organizations in Colorado, Florida and Nevada as they have large Latino and Asian populations, are pivotal in the presidential race, and are key states in the battle for Senate control.
The donors hope Latinos and other immigrants will be inspired to vote in reaction to Donald Trump’s rhetoric regarding immigrants, mainly Latinos. The group hopes to recruit at least 400,000 voters, not only those who usually vote Democratic, but swing voters as well. The effort will be made by setting up a partisan and political “super PAC.”
Soros was quoted in the The New York Times article, saying, “The intense anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric that has been fueled by the Republican primary is deeply offensive. It is harmful to our democracy and to our national interests. There should be consequences for the outrageous statements and proposals that we’ve regularly heard.”
Soros has funded many liberal causes over the years. He has funded groups that organize and educate immigrants. He also contributed $200 million in an effort to unseat President George W. Bush in 2004, and donated $5 million to stop restrictive voting laws in certain states such as Wisconsin, Ohio, and North Carolina.
The plan is hoped to take off in May. Literature will be sent to 728,000 people in Colorado, Florida and Nevada, and there will be canvassers knocking on doors. Hopefully, this will make a difference in tight races.
Cristobal Alex, head of the Latino Victory Project, a group working with the superPAC, said, “From the first day he (Trump) attacked us, called us rapists and thieves. We could have a giant wall built and millions of families broken apart. The country is on the precipice.”
Soros has long been a supporter of the underdog. A native of Hungary, he saw the plight of the Roma, and together with the World Bank, he started an education fund for them in 2005. He felt they should be educated, and the donations reached over 100,000 people with over 1600 scholarships for college students.
At age 85, Soros has retired from his spectacularly successful hedge fund firm, Soros Fund Management. He now devotes much of his time to his philanthropies.