By: Tina Trent
Posted: April 28th, 2012
Newly recently released tax documents reveal how billionaire “philanthropist” George Soros expanded his U.S.-based empire by using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the Obama stimulus. Soros and Obama worked hand-in-glove through the stimulus, which has been called the largest single partisan wealth transfer in American history.
In 2010, tax records show that Soros, a convicted inside trader with extensive knowledge of the American financial system and government policies under Obama, deployed grantees from his Open Society Foundations1 to lobby for and acquire federal contracts for job training, green energy, and community redevelopment programs. By gaining control over those resources, Soros advanced his agenda for “green economics,” open borders, and increased government handouts. In short, he grew his empire, which includes much of the “progressive” movement in the U.S., as the federal government and Obama’s political constituencies grew in power and influence.
This report analyzes George Soros’s grants to organizations in 2010. The records show massive coordination of non-profit networks in the states and nationally. Four powerful organizations and coalitions — The STAR Coalition, The Gamaliel Foundation, the Apollo Alliance, and Green for All — are given detailed scrutiny in this regard, with the involvement of Van Jones getting special ment]]ion. Jones is the former Obama “Green Jobs Czar” fired after information about his communist past surfaced through the work of anti-communist blogger Trevor Loudon and then-Fox News personality Glenn Beck. The lobbying power of such efforts ensured that stimulus funds flowed from taxpayers into union coffers and into the hands of other activists who had been instrumental in putting President Obama into office.
This report, “Obama Stimulus Dollars Funded Soros Empire,” includes an analysis of how Soros-funded organizations and networks operate, the strategies used to steer stimulus money to special interest lobbies, and an explanation of how taxpayers were forced to subsidize the “progressive” movement in the U.S. However, only Congress, with its investigative powers, can get to the bottom of how this money was spent and into whose coffers it ultimately ended up.
America’s Survival, Inc. (ASI) began the process of analyzing the Soros empire, which has been financed with almost $8 billion from the controversial billionaire, during an October 27, 2011, “Soros Files” conference in Washington, D.C. Reports and speeches from this conference are posted at www.sorosfiles.com The reports available at this website include How Soros Finances Marxism in America, Soros Funds Marxist Legal Groups and Terrorists, and How Soros is Subverting the Criminal Justice System. This website is updated on a regular basis.
John Lott, an economist and co-author with Grover Norquist of the just released Debacle: Obama’s War on Jobs and Growth and What We Can Do Now to Regain Our Future, writes that the Obama stimulus was “a massive partisan wealth transfer — the largest single transfer in American history.” In his book, Throw Them All Out, Peter Schweizer reveals that Soros helped craft the stimulus then invested in companies benefiting from it.
Surprisingly little has been written about George Soros’s role in the Recovery Act. This may be due in part to the fact that Soros’s Open Society Foundations in the U.S. (Open Society Institute and Fund to Promote Open Society) only recently disclosed their 2010 federal tax records. Whatever the reason for this delay, for almost two years it effectively concealed the influence the billionaire currency speculator exercised over the federal government’s efforts to “stimulate” the economy. Such “stimulation,” as we can see, was political in nature.
(This title is from a Soros-sponsored conference on how to use Obama stimulus dollars).
By the time hundreds of billions in federal Recovery Act dollars started flowing to the states, George Soros’s grantees were poised to take advantage of key provisions of the stimulus package. This is unsurprising, for Soros had already distributed grants to dozens of activist groups who lobbied for inclusion of those provisions. These organizations were then first in line for stimulus funds earmarked for “green jobs training,” “neighborhood stabilization” and other activist-driven projects.
In the alchemy of Open Society, a dollar spent on an activist can translate into ten dollars in federal subsidies. Hence, Soros and his rich allies give to the poor (and their representatives) in order to take from everyone in the middle.
For Soros, and the activist network he supports, the stimulus program represented a once-in-a-generation opportunity to play Robin Hood with other people’s money. The Obama administration earmarked $787 billion, and much of that was for precisely the types of activities Soros favors: jobs programs, green jobs programs, green jobs programs for felons, “food justice” activism, mortgage assistance that transferred private debts to taxpayers, “neighborhood stabilization” and “weatherization” schemes that enriched community organizers, billion-dollar loans to “sustainability” start-ups, federal subsidies for schools, and social service money-sinks like Head Start. Meanwhile, Soros found other ways to meddle in the stimulus. Many Open Society grantees received funds from Soros specifically earmarked to demand “equity” and racial diversity in the distribution of Recovery Act funds.
Soros deployed his usual arsenal of socially divisive strategies in these efforts. He handed out grants to key minority groups to allege “inequality” in the distribution of Recovery Act funds. These activists injected racial and ethnic politics into mortgage relief efforts and jobs programs. Recovery Act measures to address the mortgage defaults especially empowered activists to denounce “the one percent” and accuse their fellow citizens of purported racial and anti-immigrant discrimination.
The Recovery Act was only one government initiative through which Soros prevailed upon taxpayers (largely without their knowledge or consent) to subsidize his non-profit programs. In New York City, Soros joined forces with Mayor Bloomberg and the Robin Hood Foundation to provide seed money for expensive social programs and new charter schools.
Such projects, which enjoy rabidly enthusiastic press, frequently end up being only fractionally funded by the wealthy philanthropists who start them, while taxpayers foot the bills. In the hands of George Soros, such private/public initiatives are a key back-door method of seizing control of the government. They are also a back-door method of implementing socialism. The Recovery Act speeded this process exponentially.
On May 10, 2010, a two-day event, “Organizing the Recovery,” was held in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Open Society Institute and the Ford Foundation. The STAR (States for a Transparent and Accountable Recovery) Coalition promoted the event and described itself as a network of groups working at the state and local levels to ensure that the Recovery Act was used to “address vital social needs and benefit those most harmed by the failed economic policies of the past.” This was an open invitation for the liberal/left to apply for funds.
The STAR Coalition consisted of:
- Apollo Alliance
- California Green Stimulus Coalition
- Center for Community Change
- Common Cause
- Consumer Federation of America
- Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN)
- Good Jobs First
- Green For All
- National Employment Law Project
- National Training and Information Center/National People’s Action
- OMB Watch
- Partnership for Working Families
- Policy Matters Ohio
- Progressive States Network
- Right to the City
- Smart Growth America
- The Opportunity Agenda
- Transportation Equity Network
- U.S. PIRG
- Wider Opportunities for Women
Of the organizations involved in the Soros effort, several are worth mentioning at this point. Green for All was founded by Van Jones, the communist “Green Jobs” czar forced to resign from the Obama Administration; the Apollo Alliance was advised by former Weather Underground terrorist Jeff Jones; the Center for Community Change; and the Transportation Equity Network, a project of the Gamaliel Foundation, which gave Barack Obama his start in community organizing and has connections to Marxist elements in the Catholic Church.
Green for All
As Cliff Kincaid points out, “When the list of donors to the Van Jones Green for All organization is examined, one name stands out — the Open Society Institute of billionaire George Soros. The Green for All 2008 annual report is also notable for the pictures of the powerful people who associated with Jones. They include House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Vice President Al Gore.”
“No matter where you find Van Jones, there is a funding stream from George Soros. The Open Society Institute was supporting Green for All in 2008, when Jones was running it; the Soros-funded organization was also financially underwriting the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights when Jones was in charge of that group,” said Kincaid. The Open Society Institute gave the Ella Baker Center $151,800 in 2006 and $140,000 in 2007. Jones ran this group during the years 1996-2007. He then emerged as a senior fellow at the Soros-funded Center for American Progress.
Other funders of the Green for All group included Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection, the Rockefeller family, Men’s Warehouse, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the New World Foundation, the Schwab Charitable Fund, the Streisand Foundation, the Service Employees International Union, and the Tides Center and Foundation. Soros additionally underwrote both Tides’ and the Alliance for Climate Protection’s activities during the time they were subsidizing Van Jones: Open Society gave Gore’s group more than $10 million and Tides nearly $10 million between 2005 and 2008. Green for All is simply a Soros functionary.
The Apollo Alliance
Jeff Jones, a longtime director of the Apollo Alliance’s New York affiliate, is one of the former Weather Underground members who joined Mark Rudd, Bill Ayers, and Bernardine Dohrn on an organization called Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS), which operated as a parent body for Progressives for Obama. Jones, who says he voted for Obama, openly advertises his past on his own website, as well as his current activities in the firm “Jeff Jones Strategies.” Under the “Protest” section, he even included an FBI mug shot and his fingerprints. It declares, “As a leader of the Weather Underground, Jeff evaded an intense FBI manhunt for more than a decade. In 1981, they finally got him. Twenty special agents battered down the door of the Bronx apartment where he was living with his wife and four-year-old son.”
Jones said that he was arrested in October of 1981 but was only in jail for a couple of weeks. He said he was “not really guilty of all that much” and got community service and probation after pleading guilty to an explosives possession charge.
The Apollo Alliance is a New York-based project of the Blue Green Alliance Foundation. The Blue Green Foundation’s coalition of unions, environmental groups, and community organizers was highly instrumental in making “green jobs” initiatives a priority of the stimulus: they then received millions in Recovery Act funding earmarked for green jobs and union apprenticeship training. Predictably, such training appears to have been ineffectual in creating new jobs — unless one counts jobs for activists and union leaders.
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