The Financial and Staffing Nexus Between the Open Society Foundations and the United States Government
Advancing a Radical Leftist Agenda at U.S. Taxpayer Expense
This Special Report describes the activities of billionaire philanthropist George Soros and his Open Society Foundations (OSF), which are partially financed by U.S. taxpayers. Soros, his foundation and their affiliates promote and advance a radical, progressive agenda that seeks to destabilize legitimate governments, erase national borders and identities, target conservative politicians, finance civil unrest, subvert institutions of higher education, and orchestrate refugee crises for political gain. The Soros network is engaged in an active and ongoing effort to affect politics, economics, and societies in Europe (Albania, Macedonia, Romania, Hungary), Latin America (Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico), and across the globe. Judicial Watch has successfully investigated and litigated to document the paper trail left by the OSF network as it operates, at taxpayer expense, to subvert and manipulate the sovereignty of constitutional republics and allies of the United States.
The Soros operations are highly sophisticated and multi-faceted, working across academia; the courts; labor and agriculture; “social justice” organizations; religious associations; and, of course, political groups. OSF operations also utilize U.S.-based non- profit organizations to further their agenda. Key personnel in the Soros/OSF network (and their affiliates) are former U.S. government officials capable of leveraging their government status and access to benefit the OSF’s progressive goals.
Background and Context
The Open Society Foundations’ mission is to: “... work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.”1
The OSF, and its subsidiaries and affiliates, are subsidized with U.S. taxpayer money, totaling hundreds of millions of dollars. Senior U.S. government officials have leveraged their positions for post-government employment with OSF programs, sometimes seeking taxpayer funding for the very same specialties, functions and regions that involved their government employment.
It is important to contextualize the operations and financing of the Open Society Foundations. A year ago, Soros took dramatic action to step up his leftist political activities. As reported by the Wall Street Journal on October 17, 2017, Soros transferred $18 billion to his Open Society Foundation:
“The pioneer of hedge-fund investing has transferred the bulk of his wealth to Open Society Foundations”
“Open Society today has a broad mandate driven largely by its founder’s values. It operates through a network of more than 40 foundations and offices in countries from Afghanistan to South Africa.
Mr. Soros has urged developed countries in Europe and elsewhere to share the burden of increased migration from conflict-ridden countries [conflict, it appears, Soros groups help foment]. Anti- Soros politicians in Macedonia, Poland and some other European countries have attacked foreign-funded groups, including Open Society, for what they see as outside interference in their affairs.”2
1 The Open Society Foundations Internet website mission statement, https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org.
2 “George Soros Transfers $18 Billion to His Foundation, Creating an Instant Giant,” Wall Street Journal, October 17, 2017 (https://www.wsj.com/articles/george-soros-transfers-18-billion-to-his-foundation- creating-an-instant-giant-1508252926).
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Three years before this massive transfer of wealth to the Open Society Foundation, Inside Philanthropy reported:3
“The Open Society Foundations is bigger than you think. In fact, it may be the largest philanthropic organization ever built, with branches in 37 countries. While the Gates Foundation spends more money, OSF has a larger footprint worldwide thanks to its many local offices, including throughout Africa. OSF’s budget will be around $930 million this year—which is substantially more than Ford’s [Foundation] total grantmaking.”
One might reasonably wonder why U.S. taxpayers would be asked to fund the activities of such a wealthy, sophisticated, highly politicized, “philanthropic” organization.
In 2018, OSF projected expending $537,000,000 in grants and program funding throughout the world.4 The 2018 OSF budget exceeds $1 billion. While the OSF’s self- professed goals of strengthening the rule of law, supporting democratically elected governments, promoting fairness in political, legal, and economic systems, and safeguarding fundamental rights may seem innocuous – or even noble – the reality is far different. Soros promotes a radical left agenda. In the United States, this has included:
• Promoting an open border with Mexico and fighting immigration enforcement efforts;5
• Fomenting racial disharmony by funding anti-capitalist racialist organizations;6
3 “Philanthropy vs. Tyranny: Inside the Open Society Foundations' Biggest Battle Yet,” Inside Philanthropy, September 14, 2015 (https://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2015/9/14/philanthropy-vs-tyranny- inside-the-open-society-foundations.html)
4 “Open Society Foundations: About Us: Expenditures.” (https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/about/expenditures). OSF 2018 budget overview: (https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/sites/default/files/open-society-foundations-2018-budget- overview-20181107.pdf, p. 4). The organization’s “migration budget” nearly doubling between 2017 and 2018 (from $34.4 million to $63.3 million) and its spending on U.S. programs increasing by 21 percent (from $100.4 million to $121.1 million).
5 “Open Society U.S. Programs Board Meeting,” DC Leaks. September 3-4, 2013. (https://fdik.org/soros.dcleaks.com/download/index.html%3Ff=%252Ffinal%2520book.pdf&t=us); and, WND, “Border Caravan? Call It The George Soros Express,” April 29, 2018. (https://www.wnd.com/2018/04/border-caravan-call-it-the-george-soros-express/).
6 “Open Society Foundations’ 2015-2018 U.S. Programs plan lists a number of redistributionist policy goals and sets out the organizations that will function as either “anchor” or “core” grantees for that specific set of goals. Included among these grantees are a number of hot-button left-wing contemporary organizations such as the Black Lives Matter aligned group Color of Change, UnidosUS (formerly the National Council of La Raza), and the NAACP.” Influence Watch,
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• Financing the Black Lives Matter movement and other organizations involved in the riots in Ferguson, Missouri;7
• Weakening the integrity of our electoral systems;8
• Promoting taxpayer funded abortion-on-demand;9
• Advocating a government-run health care system;10
• Opposing U.S. counterterrorism efforts;11
• Promoting dubious transnational climate change agreements that threaten American sovereignty;12 and,
• Working to promote gun control and erode Second Amendment protections.13 The Soros foundations funded the liberal think tank Center for American Progress
(CAP) (founded by former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, who remains
(https://www.influencewatch.org/non-profit/open-society-foundations/); and, Meza, Summer, “ Black Lives Matter Wants to Bring Down White Capitalism with Black Christmas, Newsweek, November 28, 2017. (https://www.newsweek.com/black-lives-matter-black-christmas-capitalism-724309).
7 Richardson, Valerie. “Black Lives Matter cashes in with $100 million from liberal foundations.” Washington Times. August 16,2016. ( http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/aug/16/black-lives-matter-cashes- 100-million-liberal-foun/); and, Riddell, Kelly, “George Soros funds Ferguson protests, hopes to spur civil action,” Washington Times, January 14, 2015. (https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jan/14/george-soros-funds-ferguson-protests-hopes-to- spur/).
8 Higgins, Sean, “Soros' $5 million bankrolls suits to stop voter ID laws,” Washington Times, June 6, 2015. (https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/soros-5-million-bankrolls-suits-to-stop-voter-id-laws).
9 Open Society Foundation, Women’s Rights Program. (https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/about/programs/women-s-rights-program).
10 VanBooven, Valerie, “Billionaire Soros Funding Effort to Put Universal Home Care on Ballot in Maine,” Home Care Daily, February 14, 2018. (https://www.homecaredaily.com/2018/02/14/billionaire-soros-funding- effort-to-put-universal-home-care-on-ballot-in-maine/).
11 Open Society Foundation, National Security and Counterterrorism Program. (https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/topics/national-security-counterterrorism).
12 George Soros was a member of the U.N.’s High-Level Advisory Group on Mobilizing Climate Change Resources, https://www.un.org/press/en/2010/sga1223.doc.htm, and the Open Society Foundation was a founding funder of the Climate Policy Initiative (https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/sites/default/files/open-society-foundations-2018-budget- overview-20181107.pdf, p. 8; https://climatepolicyinitiative.org/us/)
13 NRA Institute for Legislative Action, “Anti-Gun Billionaire George Soros Pumps $18 Billion into His Political Apparatus,” October 20, 2017. (https://www.nraila.org/articles/20171020/anti-gun-billionaire-george- soros-pumps-18-billion-into-his-political-apparatus).
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on the CAP Board of Directors14), and the related 501c(4) CAP Action Fund to the sum of $1.835 million dollars in 2016 and 2017.15 OSF program strategy documents describe CAP as an “anchor” grantee of the organization.16 The current President of CAP, Neera Tanden, was Policy Director of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, and domestic policy director for the Obama campaign. Additional CAP Board members include Tom Steyer and Sen. Tom Daschle.17
Soros foundations also funded the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) and its related entities, and Democratic voter turnout initiatives. In 2003, Soros described defeating President George W. Bush as, “the central focus of my life,” and donated more than $15 million to anti-Bush organizations and efforts.18 At the January 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Soros attacked President Trump and described him as a “danger to the world.”19
Similarly, in Europe, Soros and his foundations have sought to erase national borders and identities,20 targeted conservative politicians,21 financed civil unrest,22