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                          GEORGE SOROS




                                   Multi-billionaire funder of leftwing causes and groups
                                   Founder of the Open Society Institute
                                   Stated that defeating President Bush in the 2004 election "is the central
                                   focus of my life"



                          George Soros was born on August 12, 1930 in Budapest, Hungary. His
                          father, Teodoro Schwartz, was an Orthodox Jew who, in 1936, changed the
                          family surname from Schwartz to Soros in order to enable his family to
                          conceal its Jewish identity and thus to survive the Nazi Holocaust. In 1947
                          Soros' family relocated from Hungary to England. Five years later, George
                          graduated from the London School of Economics. He subsequently worked
                          for a London stockbroker.

                          In 1956 Soros, with meager personal assets, emigrated to the United
                          States. He would go on to become one of the world's leading hedge fund
                          investors and currency traders. In 1969 he started his enormously successful
                          Quantum Fund, which, over the ensuing three decades, yielded its long-term
                          investors a four thousand-fold gain on their initial 1969 investments.

                          In a $10 billion 1992 deal whose success was contingent upon the
                          devaluation of the British Pound, Soros earned himself a $1 billion profit and
                          the title, "the man who broke the Bank of England." To date, he has amassed
                          a personal fortune exceeding $7 billion. In addition, his management
                          company controls billions of dollars more in investor assets.

                          In 1979 Soros established the Open Society Institute (OSI), which serves as
                          the flagship of a network of Soros foundations that donate tens of millions of
                          dollars each year to a wide array of individuals and organizations that share
                          the founder's agendas. Those agendas can be summarized as follows:

                                   promoting the view that America is institutionally an oppressive nation

                                   promoting the election of leftist political candidates throughout the
                                   United States


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                                   opposing virtually all post-9/11 national security measures enacted by
                                   U.S. government, particularly the Patriot Act

                                   depicting American military actions as unjust, unwarranted, and
                                   immoral

                                   promoting open borders, mass immigration, and a watering down of
                                   current immigration laws

                                   promoting a dramatic expansion of social welfare programs funded by
                                   ever-escalating taxes

                                   promoting social welfare benefits and amnesty for illegal aliens

                                   defending the civil rights and liberties of suspected anti-American
                                   terrorists and their abetters

                                   financing the recruitment and training of future activist leaders of the
                                   political Left

                                   advocating America's unilateral disarmament and/or a steep reduction
                                   in its military spending

                                   opposing the death penalty in all circumstances

                                   promoting socialized medicine in the United States

                                   promoting the tenets of radical environmentalism, whose ultimate goal,
                                   as writer Michael Berliner has explained, is "not clean air and clean
                                   water, [but] rather ... the demolition of technological/industrial
                                   civilization"

                                   bringing American foreign policy under the control of the United
                                   Nations

                                   promoting racial and ethnic preferences in academia and the business
                                   world alike

                                   promoting taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand

                                   advocating stricter gun-control measures

                                   advocating the legalization of marijuana

                          To view a list of many of the more important Soros donees that support the
                          foregoing agendas, click here.

                          Moreover, there are numerous "secondary" or "indirect" affiliates of the
                          Soros network. These include organizations which do not receive direct
                          funding from Soros and OSI, but which are funded by one or more

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                          organizations that do. These secondary affiliates also include groups that
                          work collaboratively or synergistically with Soros-funded entities. To view a
                          list of some of these organizations, click here.

                          All told, Soros' foundation network made an estimated $5 billion worth of
                          grants between 1979 and 2007.

                          PBS broadcaster and Schumann Center for Media and Democracy President
                          Bill Moyers is a trustee of the Open Society Institute's Board of Directors.

                          In 1996 Soros launched the Soros Documentary Fund with a mission to
                          "spur awareness, action and social change." Over the ensuing decade, this
                          Fund would help finance the production of several hundred documentaries.
                          In 2001, the Fund's leadership was turned over to Robert Redford's Sundance
                          Institute with a continuing mission: "to support the production of
                          documentaries on social justice, human rights, civil liberties, and freedom of
                          expression issues around the world."

                          According to journalist Rondi Adamson, most of the documentaries that that
                          the Fund supports "are highly critical of some aspect of American life,
                          capitalism or Western culture," and generally share Soros' worldview that
                          "America is a troubling if not sinister influence in the world, that the War on
                          Terror is a fraud and terrorists are misunderstood freedom fighters, and that
                          markets are fundamentally unjust." Films which have been produced with
                          the aid of Soros' funding include Soldiers of Conscience (2007), An
                          American Soldier (2008), and My Baghdad Family (in production as of late
                          2008).

                          In 1998 Soros was a signatory to a public letter addressed to United
                          Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, declaring that "the global war on
                          drugs is now causing more harm than drug abuse itself." The letter blamed
                          the war on drugs for impeding such public health efforts as stemming the
                          spread of HIV, hepatitis, and other infectious diseases, as well as human
                          rights violations and the perpetration of environmental assaults.
                          Other notable signers included Peter Lewis, Tammy Baldwin, Rev. William
                          Sloan Coffin, Jr., Walter Cronkite, Morton H. Halperin, Kweisi Mfume, and
                          Cornel West.

                          In 2000, Soros was a signatory to a letter titled "Appeal for Responsible
                          Security" that appeared in the New York Times. "We call upon the United
                          States government," said the letter, "to commit itself unequivocally to
                          negotiate the worldwide reduction and elimination of nuclear weapons, in a
                          series of well-defined stages accompanied by increasing verification and
                          control." Other signers included Jimmy Carter, Martin Sheen, Marian Wright
                          Edelman, John Sweeney, and Ted Turner.

                          Also in 2000, Soros signed a letter addressed to President Bill Clinton,
                          asking him to place a moratorium on federal death penalty executions. The
                          letter maintained that the "death penalty system" was "distorted by bias and
                          arbitrariness." Other signatories included Mary Frances Berry, Julian Bond,
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                          Wade Henderson, Jesse Jackson, Norman Lear, Jim Wallis, Robert Reich,
                          and Barbra Streisand.

                          During the 2000 presidential election season, Soros first experimented with
                          the idea of raising campaign funds through "Section 527" groups. Such
                          organizations are used for raising "soft money" which is not intended for
                          "express advocacy" of any particular candidate, but rather for "voter
                          education," "issue-oriented" political advertising, and other such nebulous
                          enterprises. As such, there are no limits on how much money they may
                          receive from any given donor. In practice, however, 527s can exert --
                          through public statements, press releases, media citations, research reports,
                          and direct action campaigns -- immense influence on the political views
                          and voting decisions of the American public.

                          Soros assembled a team of wealthy Democrat donors to help him push two
                          of his pet issues -- gun control and marijuana legalization -- by funneling
                          large amounts of cash to some 527s that were committed to those particular
                          objectives. The financial contributions that Soros and his fellow donors made
                          to these 527s greatly exceeded the sums which campaign finance laws would
                          have permitted them to give to any political candidate, political party, or
                          Political Action Committee (PAC). By funding the 527s, Soros et al were
                          helping them promote messages and worldviews that were consistent with
                          those of leftist politicos; as such, the funders were indirectly but quite
                          substantially helping candidates of the left. In a sense, Soros and his fellow
                          donors effectively laundered their political contributions through Section 527
                          groups, which were dubbed "stealth PACs" by the media of that time.

                          Having experienced this success in 2000, Soros moved to exploit the power
                          of 527s on a much larger scale during the 2004 election cycle. Toward that
                          end, he was a key force in the creation of the so-called "Shadow Party" in
                          2003. This term refers to a nationwide network of unions, non-profit activist
                          groups, and think tanks whose agendas are ideologically to the left, and
                          which are engaged in campaigning for the Democrats. This network's
                          activities include fundraising, get-out-the-vote drives, political advertising,
                          opposition research, and media manipulation.

                          According to Richard Poe, co-author (with David Horowitz) of the book The
                          Shadow Party:

                                   "The Shadow Party is the real power driving the Democrat
                                   machine. It is a network of radicals dedicated to transforming
                                   our constitutional republic into a socialist hive. The leader of
                                   these radicals is ... George Soros. He has essentially privatized
                                   the Democratic Party, bringing it under his personal control. The
                                   Shadow Party is the instrument through which he exerts that
                                   control.... It works by siphoning off hundreds of millions of
                                   dollars in campaign contributions that would have gone to the
                                   Democratic Party in normal times, and putting those
                                   contributions at the personal disposal of Mr. Soros. He then uses
                                   that money to buy influence and loyalty where he sees fit. In

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                                   2003, Soros set up a network of privately-owned groups which
                                   acts as a shadow or mirror image of the Party. It performs all the
                                   functions we would normally expect the real Democratic Party to
                                   perform, such as shaping the Party platform, fielding candidates,
                                   running campaigns, and so forth. However, it performs these
                                   functions under the private supervision of Mr. Soros and his
                                   associates. The Shadow Party derives its power from its ability
                                   to raise huge sums of money. By controlling the Democrat purse
                                   strings, the Shadow Party can make or break any Democrat
                                   candidate by deciding whether or not to fund him. During the
                                   2004 election cycle, the Shadow Party raised more than $300
                                   million for Democrat candidates, prompting one of its
                                   operatives, MoveOn PAC director Eli Pariser, to declare, 'Now
                                   it's our party. We bought it, we own it.…'"

                          In a November 11, 2003 interview with Laura Blumenfeld of the Washington
                          Post, Soros described how he had jump-started the Shadow Party during the
                          summer of 2002 by summoning a team of political strategists, activists, and
                          Democrat donors to his Southampton beach house in Long Island. The
                          attendees included: Morton H. Halperin (Director of Soros' Open Society
                          Institute); John Podesta (Democrat strategist and former Bill Clinton chief of
                          staff); Jeremy Rosner (Democrat strategist and pollster, and ex-foreign
                          policy speechwriter for Bill Clinton); Robert Boorstin (Democrat strategist
                          and pollster); Carl Pope (America Coming Together co-founder, Democrat
                          strategist, and Sierra Club Executive Director); Steve Rosenthal (Labor
                          leader, CEO of America Coming Together, and former advisor to Clinton
                          Labor Secretary Robert Reich); Peter Lewis (major Democrat donor and
                          insurance entrepreneur); Rob Glaser (major Democrat donor and Silicon
                          Valley pioneer); Ellen Malcolm (co-founder and President of America
                          Coming Together and founder of Emily's List); Rob McKay (major
                          Democrat donor); and Lewis and Dorothy Cullman (major Democrat
                          donors).

                          At that meeting, Soros laid out his plan to unseat incumbent President
                          George W. Bush.

                          Profoundly contemptuous of Bush, Soros blamed the President not only for
                          many of the ills that plagued the United States, but for a host of problems
                          afflicting other nations as well. Speaking at a conference of the Jewish
                          Funders Network in November 2003, for example, Soros said:

                                   "There is a resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe. The policies
                                   of the Bush administration and the [Israeli prime minister Ariel]
                                   Sharon administration contribute to that.... I'm critical of those
                                   policies.... If we change that direction, then anti-Semitism also
                                   will diminish."

                          Asserting that America needed "a regime change" to oust Bush, Soros
                          declared that derailing the President's reelection bid in 2004 "is the central
                          focus of my life ... a matter of life and death." "America under Bush," he

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                          said, "is a danger to the world, and I'm willing to put my money where my
                          mouth is."

                          Soros had previously experienced considerable success in effecting "regime
                          change" elsewhere in the world. For instance, he helped fund the 1989
                          "Velvet Revolution" that brought Vaclav Havel to power in the Czech
                          Republic. And by his own admission, he helped engineer coups in Slovakia,
                          Croatia, Georgia, and Yugoslavia.

                          When Soros targets a country for "regime change," he begins by creating a
                          shadow government -- a fully formed government-in-exile, ready to assume
                          power when the opportunity arises. The Shadow Party he has built in
                          America greatly resembles those he has created in other countries prior to
                          instigating a coup.

                          Claiming that "the Republican party has been captured by a bunch of
                          extremists," Soros accused the Bush administration of following a
                          "supremacist ideology" in whose rhetoric he claimed to hear echoes from his
                          childhood in occupied Hungary. "When I hear Bush say, 'You're either with
                          us or against us,'" Soros explained, "it reminds me of the Germans. It
                          conjures up memories of Nazi slogans on the walls, Der Feind Hort mit (The
                          enemy is listening). My experiences under Nazi and Soviet rule have
                          sensitized me."

                          Soros likened Republicans generally, and the Bush administration in
                          particular, to "the Nazi and communist regimes" in the sense that they are
                          "all engaged in the politics of fear." "Indeed," he wrote in 2006, "the Bush
                          administration has been able to improve on the techniques used by the Nazi
                          and Communist propaganda machines by drawing on the innovations of the
                          advertising and marketing industries." Soros would elaborate on this theme
                          at the January 2007 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where
                          he told reporters: "America needs to ... go through a certain de-Nazification
                          process."

                          In 2004 Soros spent some $26 million of his own money in an effort to drive
                          Bush from office. That sum included a $5 million donation to MoveOn.org,
                          a $10 million grant to a Democratic Party 2004 get-out-the-vote initiative
                          called America Coming Together, and $3 million to the Center for American
                          Progress (CAP), a think-tank headed by former Clinton chief-of-staff John
                          Podesta. (Soros himself was instrumental in establishing CAP in 2003 as "a
                          nonpartisan research and educational institute" aimed at "developing a long-
                          term vision of a progressive America.")

                          Though Soros and his Shadow Party failed to bring about "regime change" in
                          2004, the vast network of interrelated Shadow Party groups would prove to
                          be key players in the 2006 midterm elections that saw Democrats seize
                          control of Congress. Of particular significance was Democracy Alliance, a
                          non-tax-exempt nonprofit entity registered in the District of Columbia,
                          which Soros had founded in 2005, and whose long-term objective was to
                          develop a funding clearinghouse for leftist groups.
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                          In 2008, Soros' Shadow Party was again a major force in the movement that
                          not only expanded the Democratic Party's congressional majorities, but also
                          delivered the presidency to Barack Obama.

                          Soros' ties to Obama date back to 2004, when the multi-billionaire hosted a
                          fundraiser for Obama during the latter's 2004 campaign for the U.S. Senate.
                          In December of 2006, as Obama contemplated making a run for the
                          presidency in 2008, Soros met in his New York office with the Illinois
                          senator. Then, on January 16, 2007, Obama announced the creation of a
                          presidential exploratory committee. Within hours, Soros sent the senator a
                          contribution of $2,100, the maximum amount allowable under campaign
                          finance laws. Later that week, the New York Daily News reported that Soros
                          would back Obama over the Democrat he had previously favored for the
                          presidency, Hillary Clinton. Soros averred, however, that he would support
                          Mrs. Clinton if she (rather than Obama) were ultimately to win the
                          Democratic Party's nomination.

                          In 2008, Obama announced that upon his election to the office of President,
                          he would create a "Social Investment Fund Network," which would provide
                          federal money to "social entrepreneurs and leading nonprofit organizations
                          [that] are assisting schools, lifting families out of poverty, filling health care
                          gaps, and inspiring others to lead change in their own communities."
                          According to columnist Michelle Malkin, "this Barack Obama brainchild
                          would serve as a permanent, taxpayer-backed pipeline to Democratic
                          partisan outfits masquerading as public-interest do-gooders," and would
                          serve as a "George Soros Slush Fund" by continuing to bolster numerous
                          Soros-founded and funded organizations.

                          Soros has been a vocal critic of America's military endeavors and foreign
                          policies in recent years. He also has rejected the very notion that a war on
                          terror needs to be fought. In August 2006 he wrote a Wall Street Journal
                          piece titled "A Self-Defeating War," whose premise was that "the war on
                          terror is a false metaphor that has led to counterproductive and self-defeating
                          policies." "Five years after 9/11," Soros elaborated, "a misleading figure of
                          speech applied literally has unleashed a real war fought on several fronts --
                          Iraq, Gaza, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Somalia -- a war that has killed thousands
                          of innocent civilians and enraged millions around the world. Yet al Qaeda
                          has not been subdued."

                          According to Soros:

                                   "[T]errorism is an abstraction. It lumps together all political
                                   movements that use terrorist tactics. Al Qaeda, Hamas,
                                   Hezbollah, the Sunni insurrection and the Mahdi army in Iraq
                                   are very different forces, but President Bush's global war on
                                   terror prevents us from differentiating between them and dealing
                                   with them accordingly. It inhibits much-needed negotiations
                                   with Iran and Syria because they are states that support terrorist
                                   groups.... The war on terror emphasizes military action while

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                                   most territorial conflicts require political solutions.... [It] drives
                                   a wedge between 'us' and 'them.' We are [supposedly] innocent
                                   victims. They are [supposedly] perpetrators. But we fail to
                                   notice that we also become perpetrators in the process; the rest
                                   of the world, however, does notice. That is how such a wide gap
                                   has arisen between America and much of the world. Taken
                                   together, these ... factors ensure that the war on terror cannot be
                                   won. An endless war waged against an unseen enemy is doing
                                   great damage to our power and prestige abroad and to our open
                                   society at home."

                          In the April 12, 2007 issue of the New York Review of Books, Soros penned
                          an article titled "On Israel, America and AIPAC," wherein he derided the
                          Bush administration for "committing a major policy blunder in the Middle
                          East" by "supporting the Israeli government in its refusal to recognize a
                          Palestinian unity government that includes Hamas, which the U.S. State
                          Department considers a terrorist organization." In Soros' calculus, "This
                          precludes any progress toward a peace settlement at a time when progress on
                          the Palestinian problem could help avert a conflagration in the greater
                          Middle East." Added Soros:

                                   "Israel, "with the strong backing of the United States, refused to
                                   recognize the democratically elected Hamas government and
                                   withheld payment of the millions in taxes collected by the
                                   Israelis on its behalf. This caused great economic hardship and
                                   undermined the ability of the government to function. But it did
                                   not reduce popular support for Hamas among Palestinians, and it
                                   reinforced the position of Islamic and other extremists who
                                   oppose negotiations with Israel.… [Hamas] was not willing to
                                   go so far as to recognize the existence of Israel but it was
                                   prepared to enter into a government of national unity which
                                   would have abided by the existing agreements with Israel.… But
                                   both Israel and the United States seem to be frozen in their
                                   unwillingness to negotiate with a Palestinian Authority that
                                   includes Hamas. The sticking point is Hamas's unwillingness to
                                   recognize the existence of Israel; but that [recognition] could be
                                   made a condition for an eventual settlement rather than a
                                   precondition for negotiations.… The current policy of not
                                   seeking a political solution but pursuing military escalation—not
                                   just an eye for an eye but roughly speaking ten Palestinian lives
                                   for every Israeli one—has reached a particularly dangerous
                                   point."

                          In a November 2008 interview with Spiegel, Soros made some comments
                          that accurately outlined precisely the course that President Obama's
                          administration would eventually pursue in 2009:

                                   "I think we need a large stimulus package which will provide
                                   funds for state and local government to maintain their budgets --
                                   because they are not allowed by the constitution to run a deficit.

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                                   For such a program to be successful, the federal government
                                   would need to provide hundreds of billions of dollars. In
                                   addition, another infrastructure program is necessary. In total,
                                   the cost would be in the 300 to 600 billion dollar range [in
                                   addition to the $700 billion bailout which the government
                                   already had given to the financial industry]…. I think this is a
                                   great opportunity to finally deal with global warming and energy
                                   dependence. The U.S. needs a cap and trade system with
                                   auctioning of licenses for emissions rights. I would use the
                                   revenues from these auctions to launch a new, environmentally
                                   friendly energy policy. That would be yet another federal
                                   program that could help us to overcome the current stagnation."

                          The interviewer then said: "Your proposal would be dismissed on Wall
                          Street as 'big government.' Republicans might call it European-style
                          'socialism.'" Soros replied:

                                   "That is exactly what we need now. I am against market
                                   fundamentalism. I think this propaganda that government
                                   involvement is always bad has been very successful -- but also
                                   very harmful to our society…. I think it is better to have a
                                   government that wants to provide good government than a
                                   government that doesn't believe in government…. At times of
                                   recession, running a budget deficit is highly desirable. Once the
                                   economy begins to recover, you have to balance the budget. In
                                   2010, the Bush tax cuts will expire and we should not extend
                                   them. But we will also need additional revenues."

                          Soros and his foundations have had a hand in funding such noteworthy
                          leftist organizations as the American Constitution Society for Law and
                          Policy; the Tides Foundation; the Tides Center; the National Organization
                          for Women; Feminist Majority; the American Civil Liberties Union; People
                          for the American Way; Alliance for Justice; NARAL Pro-Choice America;
                          America Coming Together; the Center for American Progress; Campaign for
                          America's Future; Amnesty International; the Sentencing Project; the Center
                          for Community Change; the National Association for the Advancement of
                          Colored People Legal Defense and Educational Fund; Human Rights Watch;
                          the Prison Moratorium Project; the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement; the
                          National Lawyers Guild; the Center for Constitutional Rights; the Coalition
                          for an International Criminal Court; The American Prospect; MoveOn.org;
                          Planned Parenthood; the Nation Institute; the Brennan Center for Justice; the
                          Ms. Foundation for Women; the National Security Archive Fund; the
                          Pacifica Foundation; Physicians for Human Rights; the Proteus Fund; the
                          Public Citizen Foundation; the Urban Institute; the American Friends Service
                          Committee; Catholics for a Free Choice; Human Rights First; the
                          Independent Media Institute; MADRE; the Mexican American Legal
                          Defense and Education Fund; the Immigrant Legal Resource Center; the
                          National Immigration Law Center; the National Immigration Forum; the
                          National Council of La Raza; the American Immigration Law
                          Foundation; the Lynne Stewart Defense Committee; and the Peace and

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                          Security Funders Group.

                          Apart from the more than $5 billion that Soros' foundation network has
                          donated to leftist groups like those listed above, Soros personally has made
                          campaign contributions to such notable political candidates as Charles
                          Rangel, Al Franken, Tom Udall, Joe Sestak, and Sherrod Brown.




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