Hedge fund mogul’s Open Society Foundations made huge donations
Organizers bussed in from New York and D.C. to take over campaigning
Different cash recipients would repeat each others’ messages
Helped to keep events and messages at the top of news agenda
Soros cash, from speculating on markets, is given to many liberal causesLiberal billionaire George Soros donated $33million to social justice organizations which helped turn events in Ferguson from a local protest into a national flashpoint.The handouts, revealed in tax filings from Soros’s private foundation, were given to dozens of different groups which weighed in on the crisis.Organizers from professional groups in Washington, D.C., and New York were bussed into the Missouri town to co-ordinate messaging and lobby to news media to cover events using the billionaire’s funding.The flood of donations were uncovered in an analysis of the latest tax return by Soros’s Open Society Foundations by theWashington Times.The cash was reportedly funneled into keeping up numbers of protesters in the community over a period of months by bringing in outside activists.Meanwhile papers from think tanks were disseminated to bring in extra coverage of the civil unrest, also linked to the police killings of Eric Garner in Staten Island and Tamir Rice, 12, in Cleveland, Ohio.Outlets which covered the research, and the movements themselves, included one,Colorlines, which Soros himself has funded.
From a memo Podesta sent to Soros and others during the 2008 election season:
Control the political discourse. So much effort over the past few years has been focused on better coordinating, strengthening, and developing progressive institutions and leaders. Now that this enhanced infrastructure is in place—grassroots organizing; multi-issue advocacy groups; think tanks; youth outreach; faith communities; micro-targeting outfits; the netroots and blogosphere— we need to better utilize these networks to drive the content of politics through a strong “echo chamber” and message delivery system.