An independent government watchdog group has found that left-wing billionaire donor George Soros was illegally funding a campaign to repeal the Eighth Amendment of Ireland’s constitution, which protects “the right to life of the unborn.”
According to The Daily Caller, Ireland’s Standards in Public Office Commission has ordered Amnesty International to return a donation of more than $162,000 from Soros’ organization, Open Society Foundations.
The donation was found to be in violation of Ireland’s 1997 Electoral Act, which prohibits foreign organizations from donating more than $100 for “political purposes,” SIPO said.
Claiming that the law is unfair, Amnesty International has refused to return the donation, a decision that is supported by Soros’ OSF.
An OSF spokesman told The Times, a British newspaper, that the group is “proud to be one of the sources of support for local advocacy efforts to bring Ireland’s abortion law in line with its commitments under international human rights law.”
Conversely, pro-life organizations in Ireland have criticized Soros’ interference in their politics.
“It is important to recall that the Open Society Foundation stated when giving the money to Amnesty that it was to assist the coordination of groups in Ireland with a view to repealing the 8th Amendment and taking away legal protection for the baby in the womb,” Cora Sherlock, a spokeswoman for the Irish Pro-Life Campaign, told the Catholic Herald.
“The involvement of this U.S. based organization in the Irish abortion debate represents a gross interference in our democracy and in safeguarding the right to life. Amnesty should immediately return the money and stop trying to portray itself as a victim in all of this,” Sherlock said.
Soros, a Hungarian-American who considers himself “some kind of god,” has previously been criticized for interfering in the political processes of other countries.
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