Soros Gave $33 Million to Ferguson Protesters
(It's amazing how often his name comes up whenever you follow the money in connection with this country's major scandals.)
The Times followed the money trail and found that Soros contributed to many of the groups behind the street-level agitation -- to the tune of $33 million in one year.
According to the most recent tax filings of Soros' Open Society Foundations, the $33 million funded already-existing groups that, when Michael Brown was shot to death by Officer Darren Wilson, jumped on a local crime and blew it up into a national news drama.
Kenneth Zimmerman, director of OSF's U.S. programs told the Times that Soros' group had been "helping groups combine policy, research, data collection with community organizing" since the mid-1990s.
He admitted that beneficiaries of Soros' largess were involved in the Ferguson protests, but he denied that they had been ordered to do so by the OSF.
"The incidents, whether in Staten Island, Cleveland or Ferguson, were spontaneous protests — we don’t have the ability to control or dictate what others say or choose to say," Zimmerman said.
According to the Times, some Soros-funded groups mobilized protesters and built coalitions, while others crafted a national media campaign and monitored developments for anything that could be portrayed as a "conservative misstep."
The groups funded research and editorials that were disseminated to the media to keep the controversy alive, and they fed into each others' websites by referencing each others' articles and using key buzzwords to raise rankings on search engines. They also organized a campaign of Facebook "likes" and Twitter hashtags that helped direct the media feeding frenzy.
According to the Times, members of the Gamaliel Foundation; the Drug Policy Alliance, Make the Road New York and Equal Justice USA from New York; Sojourners, the Advancement Project and Center for Community Change from Washington; and the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference from Chicago were bused into Ferguson in August and were working to organize civil disturbances until last month.
Zimmerman's denials aside, it doesn't matter whether these groups and all the others funded by Soros received a memo ordering them to march on Ferguson. They were chosen for funding by Soros precisely because of their radical nature and ability to organize a mob.
Soros has for decades had a reputation for trying to manipulate world governments toward his idea of the perfect society.
His first job as a boy was working with the Nazis in delivering notices to Jewish families who were then sent to camps. The "60 Minutes" interview in which he described that job as the "happiest time" of his life can still be found on the Internet, despite extensive efforts by Media Matters and other Soros-connected sites like Snopes to bury it.
Obviously, his experience working with the Nazis had a lasting influence as, despite benefiting enormously from capitalist free markets, he has consistently worked to create a socialist utopia.
There may not have been an order from the OSF for the various Soros-funded groups to invade Ferguson, but I'll bet there was a thumbs-up given.
People suffered violence and lost their livelihoods in those riots and all the "Can't Breathe" and "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" protests Ferguson has inspired across the country. Soros thought his $33 million was buying him a pack of rabble, so I say he should also foot the bill for the resulting hospital bills, property damage and police and fire response.
Zimmerman said the funding was to help groups make society more "accountable." Accountability should start with Soros.