Whether or not there was Russian state influence in our U.S. presidential election remains a topic of debate — depending on which side of the fence you stand. The man behind Wikileaks, Julian Assange, denies his source was either Russian or had any state backing, but perhaps one could argue his source was supplied information from a Russian source.
Regardless, even if there was Russian interference in the election, can you blame them? “BREAKING: Russians supported candidate who opposed war with Russia.”
The fact is, despite the horrific gasps from the Left about Russia intentionally trying to scupper Hillary Clinton’s campaign (which she seemed quite capable of doing herself), they’re no strangers to a little election meddling themselves.
Remember it was B. Hussein Obama who sent operatives to Israel in an attempt to upend Benjamin Netanyahu’s election.
And there was another creepy meddler who got basically zero media attention after his email account was hacked. Yes our friend, George Soros.
Per Investor’s Business Daily: Leaked documents released (in August) provide juicy insider details of how a fabulously rich businessman has been using his money to influence elections in Europe, underwrite an extremist group, target U.S. citizens who disagreed with him, dictate foreign policy, and try to sway a Supreme Court ruling, among other things. Pretty compelling stuff, right?
Not if it involves leftist billionaire George Soros. In this case, the mainstream press couldn’t care less.
A group called DC Leaks posted more than 2,500 documents going back to 2008 that it pilfered from Soros’ Open Society Foundations’ servers. Since then, the mainstream media have shown zero interest in this gold mine of information. We couldn’t find a single story on the New York Times, CNN, Washington Post, CBS News or other major news sites that even noted the existence of these leaked documents, let alone reported on what’s in them.
The leaked documents show how Soros’ far-flung international organizations attempted to manipulate Europe’s 2014 elections. The “List of European Elections 2014 Projects” details over 90 Soros efforts he had under way that year. The documents reveal that Soros has poured nearly $4 million into anti-Israel groups, with a goal of “challenging Israel’s racist and anti-democratic policies.”
Here at home, they show that Soros proposed paying the Center for American Politics $200,000 to conduct a smear campaign against conservative activists.
More recently, an October 2015 document came to light showing that Soros’ Open Society U.S. Programs had donated $650,000 to “invest in technical assistance and support for the groups at the core of the burgeoning #BlackLivesMatter movement.” Since then, several BLM protests have turned violent. That same document details how this group successfully used its “extensive networks” to pressure the Obama administration into increasing the number of refugees it would take to 100,000, despite concerns that Islamic terrorists could use the refugee program to infiltrate the U.S.
A separate memo details how Soros tried to use his clout to sway Supreme Court justices into approving President Obama’s unilateral effort to rewrite immigration law. “Grantees are seeking to influence the Justices (primarily via a sophisticated amicus briefs and media strategy) in hopes of securing a favorable ruling in U.S. v Texas,” the memo, dug up by the Daily Caller, states.
When Soros speaks, Clinton listens. A separate email released by WikiLeaks shows Soros giving what read like step-by-step instructions to then-Secretary of State Clinton on how to deal with unrest in Albania in early 2011, including a list of people who should be considered as candidates to become an official mediator sent to that country. Days later, the EU dispatched one of the people on Soros’ list.
If it were billionaire donors on the right meddling in the affairs of other nations, such as the Koch brothers, don’t you think liberals would take notice?
Of course, but when it’s one of their own, it’s business as usual.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]