GEORGE SOROS’ WEB OF OBSTRUCTION

 

May 2005

 

 

Billionaire Financier George Soros And His Open Society Institute Have Given At Least $21,223,500 To 23 Groups Who Are Obstructing President Bush’s Legislative Agenda.

 

JUDICIAL NOMINEES

 

Soros And His Open Society Institute Have Given At Least $5,235,000 To Groups Opposing The President’s Judicial Nominations.

 

Alliance For Justice:

 

Billionaire Financier George Soros’ Open Society Institute Contributed $535,000 To Alliance For Justice Since 1999. (Open Society Institute Website, www.soros.org, Accessed 4/5/05; Capital Research Center Website, www.capitalresearch.org, Accessed 4/5/05)

 

Alliance For Justice Building Grassroots Network To Oppose The President’s Nominees. “[AFJ President Nan] Aron said her office had been flooded with calls from students, lawyers and activists ‘who were involved in get-out-the-vote work and now want to turn their attention to the Supreme Court.’ … Like the Presidential election, a Supreme Court nomination fight will feature polling, paid television advertising and grass-roots organizing. Ms. Aron said she had been ‘on the road for weeks,’ recruiting volunteers and trying to build networks in various states.” (Sheryl Gay Stolberg, “Prepping For The Next Big Battle: The Supreme Court,” The New York Times, 12/8/04)

 

Alliance For Justice Introduced Cartoon Character “Phil A. Buster” To Save The Filibuster. “‘Phil A. Buster’ debuts today as the centerpiece of Alliance for Justice Action Campaign’s innovative multimedia advertising campaign to preserve the filibuster and prevent an abuse of power. … The ad features Phil A. Buster and his friends, Checks and Balanz who teach with simple but powerful messages how the system of government designed by our Founding Fathers has worked well for over 200 years, protecting us from abuses of power.” (Alliance For Justice Action Fund, “Americans Encouraged To ‘Save Phil’ And Prevent Abuse Of Power,” Press Release, 4/5/05)

 

Common Cause:

 

“[Common Cause Spokeswoman Mary] Boyle Said That During The Past Four Years, Soros’ Open Society Institute Had Given $600,000 To Common Cause’s Education Fund – The Group’s 501(c)(3) Arm.” (Ben Pershing, “Gillespie Issues Challenge To BCRA Backers,” Roll Call, 11/18/03)

 

Common Cause President Chellie Pingree Kicked Off A Major Capital Hill Rally In Support Of Democrats Filibustering Judicial Nominees. “‘A longtime Senate procedure should not be scrapped simply because it is inconvenient to the goals of one political interest,’ Chellie said. ‘It’s an abuse of power to strip the Senate minority of a tool designed to protect its rights - rights both parties have defended throughout the Senate’s history.’” (Common Cause Website, www.commoncause.org, Accessed 4/11/05)

 

MoveOn.Org:

 

Billionaire Financier George Soros Gave $2,500,000 To MoveOn.Org Voter Fund. (Political Money Line Website, www.tray.com, Accessed 3/18/05)

 

MoveOn PAC Launched A National Cable TV Spot Asking, “Just Who Made Dick Cheney ‘King’” Of The Nominations Process. (National Journal Website, “Ad Spotlight,” www.nationaljournal.com, 3/16/05, Accessed 4/1/05)

 

Democrats Supported MoveOn PAC By Participating In Pro-Filibuster Rally Despite Moderate Democrats Urging To Distance The Party From MoveOn. (Byron York, “Right On, MoveOn!” National Review Online, 3/17/05)

 

ABC News’ “The Note” Reported MoveOn PAC Radio Ad Ran Against Sens. Specter (R-PA), Snowe (R-ME), Collins (R-ME), Nelson (D-NE), Smith (R-OR), And Warner (R-VA) From April 6 To April 8, 2005. (ABC News’ “The Note,” 4/5/05)

 

NARAL Pro-Choice America:

 

Billionaire Financier George Soros’ Open Society Institute Contributed $200,000 To NARAL Pro-Choice America In 2004. (Open Society Institute Website, www.soros.org, Accessed 4/25/05)

 

NARAL Pro-Choice America Website: “Don’t Let Frist Eliminate The Filibuster! Our Ability To Save The Supreme Court From President Bush Could Hang In The Balance ... Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) Is Hatching A Plan To Allow President Bush To Pack The Courts With Extremist Judges.” (NARAL Pro-Choice America Website, www.prochoiceaction.org, Accessed 4/22/05)

 

People For The American Way:

 

Billionaire Financier George Soros’ Open Society Institute Contributed At Least $450,000 To People For The American Way Since 1999. (Open Society Institute Website, www.soros.org, Accessed 4/5/05; Capital Research Center Website, www.capitalresearch.org, Accessed 4/5/05)

 

PFAW Calls President Bush’s Nominees “Appalling.” “These nominees – some of whom are being nominated for the third time after failing to be confirmed in two consecutive Congresses – have an appalling record in the important areas of civil rights and civil liberties, privacy and reproductive choice, environmental protection, workers’ rights, consumer protection, and religious liberty, and have often dedicated themselves to promoting an extreme ‘federalist’ philosophy that would severely limit federal authority to protect Americans’ rights, health, and safety.” (People For The American Way Website, www.pfaw.org, Accessed 3/27/05)

 

·        PFAW: “The Re-Nomination Of These 12 Controversial Nominees Sends A Clear Signal That, In His Second Term, The President Plans To Continue Shunning Consensus And Bi-Partisan Cooperation In Favor Of Working To Pack The Courts With Right-Wing Ideologues.” (People For The American Way Website, www.pfaw.org, Accessed 3/27/05)

 

Planned Parenthood:

Billionaire Financier George Soros’ Open Society Institute Contributed $950,000 To Planned Parenthood Federation Of America Since 2002. (Open Society Institute Website, www.soros.org, Accessed 4/25/05)

 

Planned Parenthood Email: “In Less Than A Week, The Senate Leadership Could Push The Button On Its So-Called Nuclear Strategy – A Measure, That If Passed, Would Change The Rules Of The Senate And, Along With It, The Social Tenor Of Our Country For Generations To Come.” (Planned Parenthood Email, “Count Down To Save The Court Starts Now,” 4/22/05)

 

·        Planned Parenthood Email: “To Win, We Must Convince Six Republicans To Vote Against This Measure — The Letters And Calls Generated Thus Far Have Already Helped Secure The Support Of Three Key Republicans.” (Planned Parenthood Email, “Count Down To Save The Court Starts Now,” 4/22/05)

 

SOCIAL SECURITY

 

Soros And His Open Society Institute Have Given At Least $11,050,000 To Groups Opposing The President’s Plans To Strengthen Social Security.

 

America Coming Together:

 

Billionaire Financier George Soros Was Largest Individual Contributor To America Coming Together, Donating $7,500,000. (Political Money Line Website, www.tray.com, Accessed 4/26/05)

 

ACT Email: “This Coming Tuesday Your Time Is Urgently Needed To Stop President Bush And His Republican Allies From Dismantling Social Security. Please Join ACTivists In Your Area … For One Of The Many Rallies Around The Country Scheduled To Coincide With The Senate Finance Committee’s First Official Hearings On Social Security Privatization.” (America Coming Together Email, “ACT On Tuesday To Save Social Security,” 4/23/05)

 

Campaign For America’s Future:

 

Billionaire Financier George Soros Was Top Contributor To Campaign For America’s Future, Donating $300,000. (Political Money Line Website, www.tray.com, Accessed 1/8/05)

 

“Americans United To Protect Social Security, As The Group Will Be Known, Is Being Spearheaded By The American Federation Of State, County And Municipal Employees, The AFL-CIO, And Two Liberal Advocacy Groups, The Campaign For America’s Future And USAction. Another 200-Odd Interest Groups Are Also Supporting The Effort.” (Chris Cillizza, “Coalition To Battle Social Security Plan,” Roll Call, 2/17/05)

 

Center For American Progress:

 

Billionaire Financier George Soros Reportedly Pledged $3 Million To CAP. (Amy Westfeldt, “Billionaire Puts His Money Where His Mouth Is – Toward Ousting Bush,” The Associated Press, 6/10/04)

 

Several Liberal Groups Met To Organize Efforts Against The President’s Plan To Strengthen Social Security. “The myriad outside groups that oppose President Bush’s plan to overhaul Social Security met in Washington, D.C., … . Representatives from … The Center for American Progress … Attended [the meeting].” (Chris Cillizza, “Private Account Critics Huddle,” Roll Call, 4/14/05)

 

Democracy For America:

 

Billionaire Financier George Soros Was Top Donor To Democracy For America’s 527 In 2004 Cycle, Giving $250,000. (Political Money Line Website, www.tray.com, Accessed 3/11/05)

 

Democracy For America Chairman Jim Dean: “And We Will Be Getting Into The Fight To Stop George Bush From Dismantling Social Security.” (Democracy For America Email, “Hello There,” 2/16/05)

 

Jim Dean: “We Hoped That Putting A Human Face On Social Security Would Help Shape The Debate Over The Republican Plans To Privatize And Phase It Out. … With Your Help, We’ll Make Sure That Every Politician Understands The Real Impact Of The President’s Plan.” (Democracy For America Email, “The Social Security Story In Your Community,” 3/10/05)

 

Democracy For America Executive Director Tom Hughes: “The Best Thing That We Can Do To Stop The Bush Plan To Phase Out Social Security Is To Focus On The Individual Americans Whom The Program Protects. In The Coming Months We Can Be The Clearinghouse For Personal Testimony About Its Success. Will You Help?” (Democracy For America Email, “What’s Your Story?” 3/1/05)

 

ProtectYourCheck.Org:

 

“The [Former Clinton Aide Harold] Ickes Organization Will Twin Its Efforts With The Ongoing Operations Of Americans United To Protect Social Security, A Grass-Roots Organization Being Run By A Handful Of Former Democratic Senate Campaign Operatives.” (Chris Cillizza, “New Group To Join Social Security Battle,” Roll Call, 3/16/05)

 

·        In 2004, Ickes Helped Found America Coming Together. (Richard Lacayo and Joel Stein, “The Outside Players,” Time, 11/15/04)

 

o       Billionaire Financier George Soros Gave $14.5 Million To ACT. (Katharine Q. Seelye, “Anti-Bush Billionaire Plans To Give More,” The New York Times, 9/29/04)

 

“Under The Immutable Laws Of Political Spending, However, The Money Is Already Going Elsewhere. And This Time, It Is Likely To Go To 501(c)(4) Organizations, Known In Short As C4s, Named For The Subsection Of The Internal Revenue Service Code Which Allows Their Formation.” (Byron York, “New Campaign-Finance-Reform Follies,” National Review Online, 4/19/05)

 

·        “A New Group Known As ProtectYourCheck.Org, Put Together By Harold Ickes, The Former Clinton Deputy White House Chief Of Staff Who Was One Of The Leaders Of The Anti-Bush 527 Effort Last Year, Is A C4. It Plans To Raise $15 Million To Fight Social Security Reform. Where Is That Money Coming From? Ickes Is Not Required To Say.” (Byron York, “New Campaign-Finance-Reform Follies,” National Review Online, 4/19/05)

 

ENERGY BILL

 

Soros And His Open Society Institute Have Given At Least $2,815,000 To Groups Opposing National Energy Legislation.

 

BushGreenwatch.Org:

 

Billionaire Financier George Soros Gave $2,500,000 To MoveOn.Org Voter Fund. (Political Money Line Website, www.tray.com, Accessed 3/18/05)

 

Soros Gave $5,000 To Environmental Media Services. (Open Society Institute Website, www.soros.org, Accessed 4/21/05)

 

“BushGreenwatch Is A Project Of Environmental Media Services, A Nonprofit Communications Clearinghouse, With Support From Moveon.Org, The Online Advocacy Group.” (Bush Greenwatch Website, www.bushgreenwatch.org, Accessed 4/21/05)

 

Campaign For America’s Future:

 

Billionaire Financier George Soros Was Top Contributor To Campaign For America’s Future, Donating $300,000. (Political Money Line Website, www.tray.com, Accessed 1/8/05)

 

CAF Email Against Energy Plan Promotes Apollo Plan, “That Will ... Free America From Over-Reliance On Unstable And Undemocratic Oil Regimes … Create Millions Of New Jobs Here In America … Protect Our Natural Environment Through Real Investments In Pollution-Reducing Technologies … Reduce Gas Prices By Helping Americans Reduce Oil Demand …” (Campaign For America’s Future Email, “The REAL Price Of Gas,” 4/21/05)

 

CAF Has Fill-In-The-Blank Email On Website: “Just Say No To Big Oil, And Yes To American Energy Independence!” (Campaign For America’s Future Website, www.ourfuture.org, Accessed 4/21/05)

 

Earthjustice:

 

Billionaire Financier George Soros’ Open Society Institute Gave At Least $5,000 To Earthjustice. (Open Society Institute Website, www.soros.org, Accessed 4/26/05)

 

“On Thursday, April 21, The House Of Representatives Passed The Same Dirty Energy Bill That Was Ultimately Defeated During The Last Congress. … Even Worse, This Bill Is Saddled With Special-Interest Provisions That Would Weaken Clean Air And Water Protections And Promote Reckless Development In Some Of Our Most Pristine Wild Places In The Rocky Mountain And Arctic Regions.” (Earthjustice Website, “Energy Bill Loaded With Special-Interest Provisions Passes The House: 249 To 183,” Accessed 4/26/05)

 

Natural Resources Defense Council:

 

Billionaire Financier George Soros’ Open Society Institute Gave $5,000 To Natural Resources Defense Council. (Open Society Institute Website, www.soros.org, Accessed 4/21/05)

 

NRDC Has Fill-In-The-Blank Email To Send To Members Of Congress On Website: “The House Of Representatives Is Moving Forward An Energy Bill That Would Damage The Environment And Do Nothing To Advance Energy Efficiency Or Renewable Energy.” (Natural Resources Defense Council Website, www.nrdc.org, Accessed 4/21/05)

 

TORT REFORM/MED MAL

 

Soros And His Open Society Institute Have Given At Least $2,121,500 To Groups Opposing Tort Reform.

 

Alliance For Justice:

 

Billionaire Financier George Soros’ Open Society Institute Contributed $535,000 To Alliance For Justice Since 1999. (Open Society Institute Website, www.soros.org, Accessed 4/5/05; Capital Research Center Website, www.capitalresearch.org, Accessed 4/5/05)

 

Alliance For Justice Ran Ad In Roll Call Opposing Tort Reform. (Alliance For Justice Advertisement, Accessed Via Alliance For Justice Website, www.allianceforjustice.org, Accessed 4/26/05)

 

Consumers Union:

 

Since 2001, Billionaire Financier George Soros’ Open Society Institute Gave At Least $325,000 To Consumers Union. (Capital Research Center Website, www.capitalresearch.org, Accessed 4/26/05; Open Society Institute Website, www.soros.org, Accessed 4/26/05)

 

Consumers Union Senior Product Safety Counsel Sally Greenberg: “Consumers Union Is Greatly Disappointed That Members Of The Senate Have Chosen To Side With The Largest Corporations In America – Many Of Whom Lobbied Heavily For This Bill – And Against The Interests Of Regular People Seeking Access To Justice.” (Consumers Union, Consumers Union Calls Vote Today In Senate On Class Action Bill A ‘Sad Day For Consumers,’” Press Release, 2/9/05)

 

Earthjustice:

 

Billionaire Financier George Soros’ Open Society Institute Gave At Least $5,000 To Earthjustice. (Open Society Institute Website, www.soros.org, Accessed 4/26/05)

 

Earthjustice Legislative Counsel James Cox: “The Corporate Class-Action Bill Currently Under Consideration In The U.S. Senate, S.5, Is A Bad Bill For The Environment. The Bill Would Reward Polluters By Giving Them A Powerful Tool With Which To Delay Cleanup And The Payment Of Medical Costs To Those They Have Hurt.” (Earthjustice, “Corporate Class Action Bill Denies Victims Of Environmental Harms Their Day In Court,” Press Release, 2/3/05)

 

Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law:

 

Billionaire Financier George Soros’ Open Society Institute Gave At Least $263,000 To Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law. (Open Society Institute Website, www.soros.org, Accessed 4/26/05)

 

“The Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law Calls Upon Senators To Amend The Class Action Bill To Insure That America’s Workers Are Protected. Senate Bill S. 5, The So-Called ‘Class Action Fairness Act,’ Is Anything But Fair To Workers And Victims Of Discrimination.” (Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law, “Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law Urges Senate To Exempt Civil Rights And Wage And Hour Cases From Class Action Bill,” Press Release, 2/3/05)

 

Leadership Conference On Civil Rights:

 

Billionaire Financier George Soros’ Open Society Institute Gave At Least $808,500 To Leadership Conference On Civil Rights And Its Education Fund. (Open Society Institute Website, www.soros.org, Accessed 4/26/05)

 

“Prior To Voting On [Tort Reform], The Senate Also Voted Against An Amendment (40 To 59) That Would Have Exempted Civil Rights Suits And State Law Wage-And-Hour Cases From The Bill, Thereby Preventing Those Cases From Being Moved To Federal Courts. … The Leadership Conference On Civil Rights (LCCR) Had Expressed Its ‘Extreme Disappointment’ Of The Vote Against The Amendment, Saying It Was ‘A Dark Day For The Rights Of Workers And Ordinary Americans.’” (Leadership Conference On Civil Rights Website, www.civilrights.org, 2/15/05, Accessed 4/26/05)

 

Natural Resources Defense Council:

 

Billionaire Financier George Soros’ Open Society Institute Gave $5,000 To Natural Resources Defense Council. (Open Society Institute Website, www.soros.org, Accessed 4/21/05)

 

NRDC Letter To U.S. Senators: “Our Organizations Are Opposed To The Sweepingly Drawn And Misleadingly Named ‘Class Action Fairness Act Of 2005.’” (NRDC et al., Letter To United States Senators, 2/7/05)

 

Public Citizen:

 

Since 2001, Billionaire Financier George Soros’ Open Society Institute Gave More Than $180,000 To Public Citizen. (Capital Research Center Website, www.capitalresearch.org, Accessed 3/16/05)

 

Public Citizen President Joan Claybrook: “The U.S. Senate Today Has Given Banks, Credit Card Companies, Insurers, Hmos, Drug Manufacturers And Other Big Corporations A Green Light To Defraud And Deceive Consumers Without Fear Of Being Held Accountable. Passage Of The Class Action Legislation Will Mean That Many Class Action Lawsuits Will Not Be Heard In Either State Courts Or Federal Courts.” (Public Citizen, “U.S. Senate Gives Green Light To Market Fraud And Deception,” Press Release, 2/10/05)

 

BANKRUPTCY

 

Soros And His Open Society Institute Have Given At Least $2,825,000 To Groups Opposing Revising Bankruptcy Laws.

 

Consumers Union:

 

Since 2001, Billionaire Financier George Soros’ Open Society Institute Gave At Least $325,000 To Consumers Union. (Capital Research Center Website, www.capitalresearch.org, Accessed 4/26/05)

 

CU Letter To House Members: “Consumers Union, The Non-Profit, Independent Publisher Of Consumer Reports®, Strongly Urges You To Reject The Bankruptcy Legislation Expected To Be Considered This Week On The House Floor. Contrary To The Claims Of Its Sponsors, The Legislation Is Not Narrowly Focused On Bankruptcy Abuses.” (Consumers Union, Letter To U.S. Representatives, 4/10/05)

 

MoveOn.Org:

 

Billionaire Financier George Soros Gave $2,500,000 To MoveOn.Org Voter Fund. (Political Money Line Website, www.tray.com, Accessed 3/18/05)

 

MoveOn.Org PAC: “Last Week, The House Of Representatives Passed Bankruptcy Legislation (302-126) That Will Make Life A Lot Harder For A Lot Of Good People. Usually Congress Wouldn’t Feel Any Consequences For A Vote Like This, But Moveon PAC Has Developed Radio Ads That Will Shine A Bright Light On The Legislation And The Representatives Who Supported It – Dissuading Wrong Votes Next Time.” (MoveOn.Org PAC Website, www.moveonpac.org, Accessed 4/26/05)

 

BUDGET

 

Soros And His Open Society Institute Have Given At Least $3,337,000 To Groups Opposing The President’s Budget.

 

Campaign For America’s Future:

 

Billionaire Financier George Soros Was Top Contributor To Campaign For America’s Future, Donating $300,000. (Political Money Line Website, www.tray.com, Accessed 1/8/05)

 

CAF Website Features Fill-In-The-Blank Email To Congress: “President Bush’s Indecent Budget Proposal Slashes Education, Health Care And Essential Services For The Most Vulnerable Americans While Lavishing More Tax Breaks On The Wealthiest. None Of Bush’s Cuts Will Happen Though If Congress Rejects His Budget.” (Campaign For America’s Future Website, www.ourfuture.org, Accessed 4/26/05)

 

Center For Community Change:

 

Billionaire Financier George Soros’ Open Society Institute Gave At Least $3,037,000 To Center For Community Change. (Open Society Institute Website, www.soros.org, Accessed 4/26/05; Capital Research Center Website, www.capitalresearch.org, Accessed 4/26/05)

 

“[T]he Center For Community Change Launched ‘Jericho,’ A 30-Second TV Spot … The Ad Features Snippets From Bush’s First Inaugural Address In 2001 … Statistics On Poverty, Homelessness And Hunger Appear On Screen As An Announcer Says The New Budget Will Show If Bush’s ‘Actions Live Up To His Words.’” (Meg Kinnard, “Group: Will Bush Budget Actions ‘Live Up To His Words’?” NationalJournal.com, nationaljournal.com, 2/3/05)

 

PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION/LACI’S LAW

 

Soros And His Open Society Institute Have Given At Least $1,150,000 To Groups Opposing Outlawing Partial-Birth Abortions.

 

Planned Parenthood:

 

Billionaire Financier George Soros’ Open Society Institute Contributed $950,000 To Planned Parenthood Federation Of America Since 2002. (Open Society Institute Website, www.soros.org, Accessed 4/25/05)

 

“Planned Parenthood Federation Of America (PPFA) … Announced Today At A Press Conference That They Have Filed A Lawsuit In A San Francisco Federal Court To Challenge The So-Called Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act Of 2003, A Federal Abortion Ban That Was Passed By Congress On Oct. 20 And Has Been Sent To President Bush For His Signature.” (Planned Parenthood Federation Of America, “Planned Parenthood Files Lawsuit To Block Unconstitutional, Reckless Abortion Ban,” Press Release, 10/31/03)

 

“Today The House Is Set To Take Action On The So-Called ‘Unborn Victims Of Violence Act.’ The Bill Creates A Separate Crime For Harm Done To A Fetus – At Any Stage Of Development – In The Commission Of Certain Federal Crimes, Or Crimes Committed On Federal Property. … The Bill The House Will Consider Today Has Been Dubbed ‘Laci And Connor’s Law’ …” (Planned Parenthood Federation Of America Website, “The Born Victims Of Politics,” www.saveroe.com, 2/26/04, Accessed 4/26/05)

 

NARAL Pro-Choice America:

 

Billionaire Financier George Soros’ Open Society Institute Contributed $200,000 To NARAL Pro-Choice America In 2004. (Open Society Institute Website, www.soros.org, Accessed 4/25/05)

 

“The NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation, The Leading National Advocate For Personal Privacy And The Right To Choose, Today Announced The Launch Of A New Television Ad Campaign In Response To President Bush’s Planned Signing Tomorrow Of The So-Called ‘Partial Birth Abortion’ Ban Legislation.” (NARAL Pro-Choice America, “NARAL Pro-Choice America Launches Ad Campaign As President Signs First Criminal Abortion Ban,” Press Release, 11/4/03)

 

“The ‘Unborn Victims Of Violence Act’ Is A Deceptive Bill That Threatens Women’s Rights. Although Supporters Of The Bill Claim That Their Goal Is To Protect Women From Acts Of Violence, Their True Intent Is To Undermine Roe V. Wade.” (NARAL Pro-Choice America Website, “The ‘Unborn Victims Of Violence Act’: A Misguided Bill That Threatens Women’s Rights,” www.naral.org, Accessed 4/26/05)

 

JOHN BOLTON NOMINATION

 

Soros And His Open Society Institute Have Given At Least $3,000,000 To Groups Opposing John Bolton Nomination To Be U.N. Ambassador.

 

Center For American Progress:

 

Billionaire Financier George Soros Reportedly Pledged $3 Million To CAP. (Amy Westfeldt, “Billionaire Puts His Money Where His Mouth Is – Toward Ousting Bush,” The Associated Press, 6/10/04)

 

“Two Groups Explicitly Associated With George Soros – The Open Society Policy Center And The American Progress Action Fund – Are Working With Citizens For Global Solutions To Defeat Bolton.” (Accuracy In Media, “Aim Says ‘Follow The Money’ To George Soros And One-Worlders Against John Bolton,” Press Release, 4/12/05)

 

Citizens For Global Solutions:

 

“Citizens For Global Solutions Used To Be Known As The World Federalist Association (WFA), A Group That Favors World Government And Global Taxes On American Citizens To Pay For It. The Organization … Is Leading The Opposition To Bolton Through Television Ads And A ‘Stop Bolton’ Web Site …” (Accuracy In Media, “Aim Says ‘Follow The Money’ To George Soros And One-Worlders Against John Bolton,” Press Release, 4/12/05)

 

“Two Groups Explicitly Associated With George Soros – The Open Society Policy Center And The American Progress Action Fund – Are Working With Citizens For Global Solutions To Defeat Bolton.” (Accuracy In Media, “Aim Says ‘Follow The Money’ To George Soros And One-Worlders Against John Bolton,” Press Release, 4/12/05)

 

Open Society Policy Center:

“[Soros] Opened A $2-Million Office In Washington … And Created The Open Society Policy Center, Which Will Focus On Foreign Policy And Civil Liberties.” (Ian Wilhelm, “Soros, In Major Shift, Will Focus Giving On Advocacy And Globalization,” The Chronicle Of Philanthropy, 6/27/02)

 

“The Open Society Policy Center, Former U.S. Ambassadors And Other Groups Will Hold A Press Conference On Monday, April 4 To Announce Their Opposition To John Bolton’s Nomination As Ambassador To The UN.” (Open Society Policy Center Website, www.opensocietypolicycenter.org, Accessed 4/20/05)

 

ALBERTO GONZALES

 

Soros And His Open Society Institute Have Given At Least $2,763,000 To Groups Opposing Alberto Gonzales’ Nomination To Be Attorney General.

 

Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law:

 

Billionaire Financier George Soros’ Open Society Institute Gave At Least $263,000 To Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law. (Open Society Institute Website, www.soros.org, Accessed 4/26/05)

 

“The Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law … Urged Senators On The Judiciary Committee Not To Confirm The Nomination Of Alberto Gonzales For United States Attorney General Until There Has Been A More Probing Examination Of His Views On Civil Rights Law Enforcement.” (Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law, “Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Urges Senate Committee Not To Confirm The Nomination Of Alberto Gonzales Until More Is Known About His Commitment To Civil Rights,” Press Release, 2/3/05)

 

MoveOn.Org:

 

Billionaire Financier George Soros Gave $2,500,000 To MoveOn.Org Voter Fund. (Political Money Line Website, www.tray.com, Accessed 3/18/05)

 

MoveOn.Org Ran Ad Against Alberto Gonzales. “Call your Senator today and say no to torture. Say no to Alberto Gonzales.” (MoveOn.Org, “Horrified,” Press Release, 1/6/05)

 

ATTACKS AGAINST MAJORITY LEADER TOM DELAY

 

Soros And His Open Society Institute Have Given At Least $7,890,000 To Groups Attacking Majority Leader DeLay.

 

Campaign For America’s Future:

 

Billionaire Financier George Soros Was Top Contributor To Campaign For America’s Future, Donating $300,000. (Political Money Line Website, www.tray.com, Accessed 1/8/05)

 

“The Campaign For America’s Future Unveiled A New Television Ad Today That Urges Congress To ‘Wash Its Hands’ Of Rep. Tom DeLay, Highlighting The Controversy Surrounding The House Majority Leader, Who Is Increasingly Seen As A Liability To His Party.” (Campaign For America’s Future, “New TV Ads Highlight Tom DeLay’s Corruption,” Press Release, 3/30/05)

 

Center For American Progress:

 

Billionaire Financier George Soros Reportedly Pledged $3 Million To Center For American Progress. (Amy Westfeldt, “Billionaire Puts His Money Where His Mouth Is – Toward Ousting Bush,” The Associated Press, 6/10/04)

 

“DropTheHammer.org Is A Campaign Of The American Progress Action Fund.” (DropTheHammer.org Website, www.dropthehammer.org, Accessed 4/20/05)

 

Common Cause:

 

“[Common Cause Spokeswoman Mary] Boyle Said That During The Past Four Years, Soros’ Open Society Institute Had Given $600,000 To Common Cause’s Education Fund – The Group’s 501(c)(3) Arm.” (Ben Pershing, “Gillespie Issues Challenge To BCRA Backers,” Roll Call, 11/18/03)

 

“Eight Watchdog Groups, Which Banded Together In 2003 As The Congressional Ethics Coalition, Held A News Conference [January 3, 2005] To Protest The Proposed Changes [In House Ethics Rules] …” (Mike Allen, “GOP Abandons Ethics Changes,” The Washington Post, 1/4/05)

 

Common Cause President Chellie Pingree Accused Tom DeLay Of Trying To “Fix The Ethics Process.” “‘If he can’t somehow transcend the politics and fix the ethics process, then he will be seen as just a partisan player,’ said Chellie Pingree, President of Common Cause, a group that advocates replacing DeLay as the House’s no. 2 Republican.” (Matthew Daly, “Lawmaker Takes Job As Ethics Investigator,” The Associated Press, 4/7/05)

 

Common Cause Circulating Petition Calling For Tom DeLay To Step Down. “Tom DeLay is ethically unfit to serve as a leader of the people’s House. America has higher standards than to let someone with his track record lead an institution as important to our democracy as the United States House of Representatives. We believe the time has come for Rep. DeLay to step down.” (Common Cause Website, www.commoncause.org, Accessed 4/11/05)

 

Democracy 21:

 

Billionaire Financier George Soros’ Open Society Institute Contributed $310,000 To Democracy 21 Since 1999. (Open Society Institute Website, www.soros.org, Accessed 4/6/04)

 

“Eight Watchdog Groups, Which Banded Together In 2003 As The Congressional Ethics Coalition, Held A News Conference [January 3, 2005] To Protest The Proposed Changes [In House Ethics Rules] …” (Mike Allen, “GOP Abandons Ethics Changes,” The Washington Post, 1/4/05)

 

Democracy For America:

 

Billionaire Financier George Soros Was Top Donor To Democracy For America’s 527 In 2004 Cycle, Giving $250,000. (Political Money Line Website, www.tray.com, Accessed 3/11/05)

 

Democracy For America Email: “We’re Buying Billboards In The 22nd Congressional District, And If Your Slogan Is Selected, It Will Be Part Of Democracy For America’s Big Splash In Tom DeLay’s Backyard.” (Democracy For America Email, “Beware Of Falling Congressmen?” 4/12/05)

 

MoveOn.Org:

 

Billionaire Financier George Soros Gave $2,500,000 To MoveOn.Org Voter Fund. (Political Money Line Website, www.tray.com, Accessed 3/18/05)

 

MoveOn.Org PAC: “It Is Time To Fire Tom DeLay As House Majority Leader. Please Sign Our Petition Urging Congress To Remove DeLay From His Leader Post.” (MoveOn.Org PAC Email, “Help Fire Tom DeLay,” 4/6/05)

 

Public Campaign:

 

Since 2001, Billionaire Financier George Soros’ Open Society Institute Has Given $750,000 To Public Campaign. (Open Society Institute Webpage, www.soros.org, Accessed 3/30/05)

 

“Eight Watchdog Groups, Which Banded Together In 2003 As The Congressional Ethics Coalition, Held A News Conference [January 3, 2005] To Protest The Proposed Changes [In House Ethics Rules] …” (Mike Allen, “GOP Abandons Ethics Changes,” The Washington Post, 1/4/05)

 

“A Copy Of The Letter, Which Called On House Leaders ‘To Reinstate The Old Rules,’ Was Provided To The New York Times By The Public Campaign Action Fund, A Private Group That Monitors Campaign Fund-Raising And Has Long Been Critical Of Mr. Delay.” (Philip Shenon and Sheryl Gay Stolberg, “10 Ex-G.O.P. Lawmakers Attack Changes In Ethics Rules,”

The New York Times, 4/15/05)

 

The Public Campaign Action Fund, A Nonprofit Funded In Part By Billionaire George Soros, Is Spending $25,000 To Sponsor An Online Petition Drive That Calls For Delay To Resign.” (Mary Curtius, “Delay Fires Up GOP Troops For Counterattack,” Los Angeles Times, 4/3/05)

 

“The Daily DeLay Weblog, Maintained By The Public Campaign Action Fund, A Liberal Group …” (Richard E. Cohen, “Doubts Over DeLay,” National Journal, 12/18/04)

 

Public Citizen:

 

Since 2001, Billionaire Financier George Soros’ Open Society Institute Gave More Than $180,000 To Public Citizen. (Capital Research Center Website, www.capitalresearch.org, Accessed 3/16/05)

 

“Eight Watchdog Groups, Which Banded Together In 2003 As The Congressional Ethics Coalition, Held A News Conference [January 3, 2005] To Protest The Proposed Changes [In House Ethics Rules] …” (Mike Allen, “GOP Abandons Ethics Changes,” The Washington Post, 1/4/05)