George Soros

Why George Soros Just Donated $18 Billion to His Liberal Open Society Foundation

Yesterday (Oct. 18), news broke that billionaire philanthropist George Soros had transferred a whopping $18 billion to his Open Society Foundation (OSF) - a liberal-leaning organization responsible for injecting millions into U.S. elections for nearly a quarter century.

While the donation had actually been spread out over the past few years, reported The Wall Street Journal today, it was yesterday that the OSF became the second-largest philanthropic organization in the United States (behind the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation).

SorosSoros' net worth, by the way, was $23 billion, according to a Forbes tally yesterday - which means this latest contribution was no drop in the bucket. Rather, it constituted almost 80% of what was in the billionaire financier's bank accounts.

Since the society's inception in 1993, Soros had donated a sum total of $12 billion to the organization, according to the organization's own website.

Until this latest $18 billion donation, of course, which is 50% greater than that 24-year sum.

This massive donation will allow the OSF to more effectively pursue all of its objectives, but investors should keep their eyes on one goal in particular.

A goal that Soros alluded to last November, just 14 days after the presidential election...

George Soros Is Hell-Bent on Disrupting American Politics with Money

On Nov. 22, Soros declared, "we must do something to push back against what's happening here," reported to The New York Times. He went on to decry what he called the "dark forces that have been awakened" by the election of U.S. President Donald Trump.

Enter Soros' fortune - which he has a long history of using to disrupt American politics - especially since the Supreme Court ruled in 2010's Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations, unions, and certain nonprofits (like the OSF) should be allowed to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money to advocate for and against political candidates.

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Soros immediately began using the OSF to donate millions to various PACs and super PACs in an effort to put more Democrats in positions of power.

George SorosIn 2010, for example, the OSF gave progressive super PACs $1.7 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which keeps comprehensive records of federal campaign contributions and lobbying data.

Ahead of the 2014 midterms, OSF contributions to super PACs came to roughly $3.5 million, doubling the previous midterm sum, CNBC reported on Aug. 30, 2017.

In 2016, Soros donated $8 million to the Hillary Clinton campaign, according to Politico.

So, here we are today, quickly approaching the 2018 midterms with a full Republican government at the helm and with tax reform and healthcare on the brink of sweeping GOP-led changes.

Enter Soros' fortune once again - this time $18 billion stronger.

A portion of that sum will undoubtedly be discretely dispersed throughout America, which is Soros' quiet way of affecting mass change...

Soros' Quiet Overhaul of the U.S. Justice System

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Soros has a knack for distributing his wealth under the radar to affect major change...

For example, he channeled more than $3 million into seven local district attorney campaigns in six states throughout 2016, according to Politico in August of that year.

These smaller donations fueled a sea change in political party sway starting from the ground up - with liberal district attorneys across the country.

Soros and OSF could look to repeat this nationwide maneuver in 2018 by funneling money to progressive Congressional candidates who wish to make major reform changes once their seats in Washington are secure. These reform changes could impact immigration, tax reform, and healthcare.

Healthcare itself is a major sticking point for OSF. "Funding should be used to strengthen civil society engagement in developing health policies that promote and respect human rights and lead to greater accountability and transparency," the OSF site states.

The organization likewise hosted a panel in March that "explore[d] the possibilities for progressive coalition building around the right to health."

So while the public may not know which politicians will benefit the most from Soros' new multibillion-dollar gift, we do know where those funds will likely be allocated.

As far away from the GOP as possible.

And if Soros succeeds in significantly shaking up Congress, the markets will react. Any indication that Washington will become less effective than it already is could cause a hitch in the market's step, at the very least. Take tax reform, for example.

"If the administration's tax plans go to hell in a handbasket and the market tumbles, the banks will see a good amount of profit-taking," Money Morning Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani told readers on Oct. 2.

"I don't see Democrats going along with any plan. It's not that they don't want tax cuts, it's that they don't want to hand a victory to the president," he added.

Now, you shouldn't try to base your investment decisions on politics alone, but you'd be wise to keep one eye on the congressional campaigns next year, just in case the Senate changes hands.

It shouldn't be too hard to stay informed - especially since the Dems will be so flush with OSF's cash.

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