Monday, October 31, 2016
George Soros Only Funder of ‘Immigrant Voters Win PAC’
George Soros Only Funder of ‘Immigrant Voters Win PAC’
Soros has poured millions into campaign to mobilize Latino voters
BY: Joe Schoffstall
April 20, 2016 5:00 am
Liberal billionaire George Soros is the only person funding a new super PAC aimed at getting Latinos out to the polls to vote for Democrats in 2016, recent Federal Election Commission filings show.
The Immigrant Voters Win PAC was launched last month as part of a campaign, called “Families Fight Back,” organized by immigration activist groups opposed to the Republicans running for president.
The super PAC received a $3 million check from Soros on March 11, 2016—the only donation the group has received to this point. The group’s goal is to register 400,000 new Hispanic voters before the November elections.
Soros said at the beginning of March that the “anti-immigrant” and “anti-Muslim” rhetoric in the Republican primary should come with consequences.
“The intense anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric that has been fueled by the Republican primary is deeply offensive,” Soros told the Hill. “It is harmful to our democracy and our national interests. There should be consequences for the outrageous statements and proposals that we’ve regularly heard.”
The Latino Victory Project, another group involved in the campaign, was co-founded by actress Eva Longoria and San Antonio-based entrepreneur Henry R. Muñoz III, who has worked as the chair of the DNC’s national finance committee since 2013.
Muñoz came under fire last year for helping raise money for Hillary Clinton’s campaign despite rules saying officers must remain neutral in presidential primaries, Politico reported. Longoria was an early supporter of Clinton and provided a $2,700 contribution to her campaign in May 2015.
The super PAC is not the first project that Longoria and Muñoz have worked on together. The duo also ran the Futuro Fund, a former arm of President Obama’s reelection campaign, which pulled in $32 million for Obama’s campaign in 2012.
The Latino Victory Project has not disclosed any contributions, and expenditures by the group only appear in 2014, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. The group put $179,600 toward media and $147,100 toward salaries in 2014.
Waterfront Strategies, a political consulting group located in Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown area, received $179,575 from the Latino Victory Project, the largest amount the group dispersed that year.
Waterfront is an internal branch of GMMB Strategies, a major media consultancy firm that made President Obama’s ads during his reelection campaign and represents a number of high-profile Democratic politicians.
The group was the highest-grossing political vendor in 2012, recording payments of $435 million. That same year, Waterfront made an additional $96 million worth of payments on behalf of Democratic super PACs. One partner at the group, Jim Margolis, is a former top consultant to President Obama and is now a senior adviser to Hillary Clinton.
Deepak Bhargava—the executive director of the Center for Community Change, another organization involved in the launch of the Immigrant Voters Win PAC—sits on the advisory board of Soros’s Open Society Foundation.
The Center for Community Change has received more than $2.9 million in funding since 2010 from the Advocacy Fund, a liberal lobbying shop associated with the Tides Foundation, a donor-advised fund that has received millions from Soros.
America’s Voice, the third group in the coalition, carries a stated mission of fighting for “[a] direct, fair and inclusive road to citizenship for immigrants in the U.S. without papers” and for “channels for future legal immigration that are flexible and functional.”
America’s Voice received funding from the Advocacy Fund in the amount of $450,000. America’s Voice gave a $75,000 grant to the Campaign for Community Change in 2013.
In addition to funding the Families Fight Back campaign, Soros is also fueling the campaign challenging voter identification laws in numerous states with the help of Marc Elias, an attorney at the Washington, D.C.-based Perkins Coie law firm.
Elias is Hillary Clinton’s top campaign lawyer, although he is working independently of the campaign on the voter ID law challenges and in his capacity as a partner at Perkins Coie.
None of the groups involved with the Families Fight Back campaign returned a request for comment.
Hillary Rodham Clinton is the candidate for the 2016 Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign, and was a director at the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
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Open Society Foundations was a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, and the Economic Policy Institute.
George Soros is the founder & chairman for the Open Society Foundations, a co-chair, national finance council for the Ready PAC (Ready For Hillary), was the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society, and a contributor for the Immigrant Voters Win.
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Economic Policy Institute.
Raul Yzaguirre was a director at the Economic Policy Institute, a co-chair for the 2008 Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign, and the president & CEO for the National Council of La Raza (Latino).
Pritzker Family Foundation was a funder for the National Council of La Raza (Latino), and the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
Mary Kathryn Pritzker is a director at the Pritzker Family Foundation, a fundraiser for the 2016 Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign, and married to J.B. Pritzker.
J.B. Pritzker is married to Mary Kathryn Pritzker, the president of the Pritzker Family Foundation, and Donald Pritzker’s son.
Donald Pritzker was J.B. Pritzker & Penny S. Pritzker’s father.
Penny S. Pritzker is Donald Pritzker’s daughter, married to Bryan Traubert, a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce for the Barack Obama administration, was the national finance chair, fundraiser for the 2008 Barack Obama presidential campaign, a co-chair for the 2009 Barack Obama inaugural committee, a fundraiser, national co-chair for the 2012 Barack Obama presidential campaign, a contributor for the 2013 Barack Obama inaugural committee, the host for the Barack Obama fund-raising dinner, 7/2/2008, and Craig M. Robinson’s basketball coach for the children's team.
Bryan Traubert is married to Penny S. Pritzker, and a director at the National Park Foundation.
Henry R. Munoz III is a director at the National Park Foundation, and was a fundraiser for the 2012 Barack Obama presidential campaign.
Robert F. Bauer was general counsel for the 2012 Barack Obama presidential campaign, Barack Obama’s personal counsel, White House counsel the White House counsel for the Barack Obama administration, is a co-chair for the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, the general counsel for the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and a partner at Perkins Coie.
Barack Obama was the candidate for the 2012 Barack Obama presidential campaign, and an intern at Sidley Austin LLP.
R. Eden Martin is counsel at Sidley Austin LLP, and the president of the Commercial Club of Chicago.
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