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George Soros strengthen the world around him

George Soros has become a beloved political contributor inside Democratic circles. He has also become one of the leading philanthropists in the country. George Soros has given more than $12 billion dollars to a variety of organizations and causes. He has financially contributed to organizations and people who fight freedoms that every man deserves to have including freedom of expression. He is also fighting for governments to be held accountable and transparent. George Soros’ financial contributions has been geared towards people groups who have discrimination strictly for who they are.

George Soros has financially supported the Roma people, drug users, sex workers and the LGBTI people. George Soros has faced discrimination as a child. In 1930, George Soros was born in Hungary and later survived the 1944-1945 Nazi occupation of his home, which saw the murder of more than 500,000 Hungarian Jews. George Soros and his family escape the violence by hiding their true background, using fabricated identity papers and helping others do the same. Read his profile at Forbes.

George Soros left Hungary in 1947, when the Communists were beginning to seize power. He left for London, where we found work as a porter and waiter. He attended the London School of Economics. In 1970, George Soros emigrated to the United States. Upon arriving to New York he opened his hedge fund group the Soros Fund Management, which ended up making him one of the most successful investors in the history of America. George Soros then used his successes to launch the Open Society Foundations.

The Open Society Foundations is a collaborative network of organizations, partners and projects in over 100 countries. According to Politico, George Soros believes that that societies can only flourish when they allow a democratic government to grow, freedom of expression and respect individual rights.

George Soros first got into philanthropy in the late 1970s, giving scholarships to black kids living under apartheid in South Africa. In the 1980s, George Soros spoke on the need for the exchange of ideas in the Communist Eastern Bloc. After the Berlin Wall fell, George Soros opened the Central European University. The university became a school that stimulated critical thinking. After the Cold War, George Soros grew his philanthropy work to the United States, Africa and Asia. In the United States, George Soros fired back against the “war on drugs,” saying it does not help but only harms people.

Learn more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jan/14/george-soros-funds-ferguson-protests-hopes-to-spur/

George Soros continues to tire but still takes an active role in the Open Society Foundations. George Soros travels advocating for positive changes meeting with global leaders who will listen, both in private and in public. He is also a supporter of several organizations including the International Crisis Group. Read more on NYTimes.com.

Website Addresses Popular but Inaccurate Beliefs About the Koch Brothers

On March 10, the Bill Moyers website published an article by Alexander Hertel-Fernandez and Theda Skocpol about what they call “myths” popularly believed about the Koch Brothers.

Charles and David Koch together own and run Koch Industries, making them multibillionaires each. Koch Industries is the second-largest privately held corporation in the United States.

They are now well-known, especially Charles Koch. Most people, especially the politically active, know the two brothers raise money for conservative political causes. However, according to the article writers, most people believe things about the two brothers which are inaccurate. They want to correct the record.

One of the “myths” the authors wish to debunk is the idea that the Charles Koch funds hundreds of conservative groups, that they are behind virtually every rightwing group in the United States from Americans United for Life to the Heritage Foundation. The Center for Responsive Politics published a chart of their “Maze of Money” which makes it look like the organizations they support form a vast hydra-headed conspiracy.

According to the authors, the reality is, in a way, worse. Rather than fund everybody to the left of Hillary Clinton with a political shotgun, they focus and concentrate their spending for maximum effectiveness. Instead, they have some core organizations.  The main organization is Americans for Prosperity (AFP). It has a large staff, a bankroll and lists of millions of conservative donors. It opposes Democratic candidates, supports conservative Republican candidates and pushes to pass laws the Koch Brothers support.

They also fund a few organizations oriented toward specific groups. The Libre Initiative aims at Hispanics, Generation Opportunity at young people and Concerned Veterans for Americans at veterans. Aegis Strategic looks out for promising young politicians to train and recruit.

After all, they employ more people than the Republican Party and raise more money. According to the authors, the Koch Brothers need and interact as part of the Republican Party. They point out the Republican Party frontrunner, Donald Trump, is not a member of the Koch network, and is appealing to ordinary voters with policies the Koch Brothers disagree with.

Charles is Chief Executive Office of Koch Industries and David Koch is Executive Vice President. Their father, Fred Koch, founded the company. Together, they have grown it by a large amount since Charles Koch took over from Fred.

This article recapped http://billmoyers.com/story/five-myths-about-the-koch-network-and-why-it-matters-to-set-them-straight/