Ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, billionaire left-wing political activist George Soros has invested hundreds of thousands in the swing state of Florida, the latest being a $250,000 donation to Forward Florida, a political action committee supporting Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in his run for governor.
In 2017, Soros contributed $200,000 to Forward Florida, along with his son, Alex Soros, who donated $50,000 to Gillum through the PAC, The Washington Free Beacon reported.
Soros’ donation to Forward Florida represented a sizable portion of the total funds raised in April to support Gillum, who describes himself has the only “true progressive” in Florida’s gubernatorial race.
Gillum’s campaign raised approximately $114,000 in direct donations to his campaign, while Forward Florida received a little more than $333,000.
Gillum has also won support from Hollywood. In March, he was invited to a Southern California fundraiser promoted by Alec Baldwin and Alyssa Milano.
Regarding the Soros donations, Gillum’s spokesman Geoff Burgan said, “Mayor Gillum, the son of a construction worker and a bus driver, is proud to have thousands of Floridians supporting him in this race, as well as one of the most prominent Democratic donors in America.”
Soros also recently contributed $450,000 to United for Progress, another Florida-based PAC, which intends to focus on “[building] community-based political power and influence in the growing Puerto Rican and Latino constituencies in Florida.”
According to the Beacon, “United for Progress PAC is known to have campaigned against Senator Marco Rubio’s reelection in 2016, but as of yet, there are no signals as to whether or not the PAC might play in the contentious senate race between Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson and Republican governor Rick Scott.”
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