Billionaire leftist George Soros has long been accused of being the financial giant behind an array of progressive advocacy groups in the United States — and now, there are concrete figures that reveal just how extensive that liberal lobbying effort has been.
The Washington Free Beacon reported last week that a Soros-funded organization known as the Open Society Policy Center (OSPC) recently disclosed that it spent almost $50 million on advocacy and lobbying efforts in 2019.
Rolling in the dough
A Lobbying Disclosure Act form filed for the fourth quarter of 2019, which spanned from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, showed that the OSPC had spent a whopping $24 million on lobbying during that time period.
Prior disclosures revealed that OSPC had spent about $24.5 million combined through the first three quarters of the year, for an overall total of approximately $48.42 million put toward advocacy and lobbying efforts over the course of 2019.
The Free Beacon noted that the $24 million in the fourth quarter was a record amount for a quarterly period for the organization and propelled the OSPC to near the top of the chart of big-spending advocacy groups.
According to the Free Beacon, the group has spent nearly $100 million on such efforts since President Donald Trump took office.
Of course, that $100 million over the past three years dwarfs (by about $40 million) the combined total spent on advocacy efforts by the group over the prior 14 years, from 2002–2016.
Indeed, the massive amount of spending places the OSPC ahead of virtually all other major lobbying groups, including such corporate giants and big spenders as Alphabet (the parent company of Google), Amazon, Boeing, and Facebook, among others.
Advocacy and lobbying
The OSPC serves as the lobbying arm of Soros’ Open Society Foundations and provides funding for a network of smaller like-minded advocacy groups.
That network of advocacy groups uses the funding provided by OSPC for lobbying efforts to promote a variety of liberal causes from environmental protections to immigration reform, from gun control to sexual identity issues, and everywhere in between.
The liberal media can try and turn a blind eye to the incredible amount of money spent on lobbying efforts by Soros and his organizations, but the numbers don’t lie.
Everyone can see the outsized influence the leftist billionaire has exerted on America’s political debates — and with Trump in office, it only continues to get worse.