Well known liberal and Hungarian-born businessman, George Soros, has quadrupled his cash flow into U.S. Congress lobbying efforts.
Since 2013, Soros’ donations have been greater than all of his donations in the last decade combined.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, “The Open Society Policy Center, a 501(c)4 nonprofit that is separate from Soros’ Open Society Foundations, is a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. that focuses on advocacy efforts.”
“Between 2002 and 2012, the policy center reported spending $19,120,000 on lobbying for legislation and policy efforts with a number of government agencies and Congress. The group averaged $1,912,000 on lobbying per year during this time period.”
“However, the group “increased its lobbying expenditures from $3.4 million in 2012 to $11 million in 2013 with and the bulk of this lobbying increase was said to be due to the group’s push for “comprehensive immigration reform.”
“The policy center increased lobbying funds yet again the next year, spending $12.4 million. The policy center spent $8.2 million on lobbying in 2015 and the comparatively low sum of $3.7 million in 2016—an amount still higher than any year between 2002-12.”
From 2013 to 2016, “the OSPC group spent $35 million on lobbying, with an average of $8.8 million per year. This constituted an increase of nearly $6.9 million per year from the yearly average between 2002-12.”
An OSPC spokesman for the policy center told the Washington Free Beacon in an email statement that, “OSPC engages on a range of issues in Congress, which have been fairly consistent over time. The level of spending on those issues tends to rise and fall depending on their state of play in Congress.”
“During the period you ask about, Congress debated legislation on immigration reform, criminal justice reform, disability rights, and several national security and human rights issues, so there was more activity on our part,” they continued. “Overall, the number of OSPC staff in Washington and our level of activity on most issues in the past five years has been stable.”
The Open Society Policy Center receives money from Soros’ Open Society Institute and Alliance for Open Society International Inc., and gives large monetary grants each year to “liberal advocacy” groups.
According to the OSPC Form 990s for 2013 and 2014, the most recent tax documents, “OSPC received $26,000,000 in contributions during the two-year span.”
The group favors investing in projects that call for comprehensive immigration reform and battle “the criminalization or people of color, police brutality, and mass incarceration.”
It also backs ventures to build progressive media outlets. The policy center disbursed millions to groups such as the Advocacy Fund, an organization that helps to navigate “lobbying, political and funding rules to win campaigns for social change.”
Hacked documents taken from the Open Society Institute and released last year, revealed that Soros lobbied the Obama administration to accept over 100,000 refugees per year.
Obama claimed in his farewell address Tuesday night that “We should reduce the influence of money in our politics.”
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