John Kasich has been quietly plodding through the Republican primary process, often overshadowed by Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. However, that does not mean that he has been unnoticed. In fact, a recent ad campaign puts him front and center, as the candidate who is being supported financially by none other than philanthropist and liberal activist, George Soros.
Why would Soros, a man known for his left-leaning ideals and close relationship with many Democratic politicians on Twitter, suddenly decide to fund the campaign of a conservative Republican? While the ads never specifically state the reason, it is clearly implied that this is to derail the nomination process of candidates more likely to be able to defeat Hillary Clinton in the general election.
It is not surprising that the PAC who paid for these ads is a pro-Cruz organization. Cruz’s campaign may have had nothing to do with the content of the ad, but they are unlikely to be unhappy with its message. Cruz and Trump have both been encouraging Kasich to leave the race, as each believes he is what is preventing them from gaining the delegates necessary to guarantee them the party nomination.
The next question is whether or not the accusation is true. George Soros on marketwatch is an independent billionaire who has the legal right to donate to whichever candidate he chooses. His opinions and charitable causes have never been something he has hidden or handled illicitly.
Research into the matter
has determined that the connection is incredibly remote, and has nothing to do with Soros personally. The donations the PAC ad is referring to are two separate donations totaling $650,000. One donor is Scott Bessent, a former Soros Fund Management employee on http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1997/02/the-capitalist-threat/376773/ who is currently operating his own hedge fund investment firm. Bessent is a known conservative who has a history of supporting Republican candidates.
The second donor is Stanley Druckenmiller, another former George Soros employee who left his position as an asset manager for Soros in 2000. Again, Druckenmiller has a long history of donating to Republican candidates and causes.
Neither of these donations is from Soros, or any of his many organizations and philanthropic causes. The PAC who has suggested that Soros is funding Kasich is obviously aware they are grasping at straws and intentionally spreading false information. Donor records are public, and easy to research, so all voters should do their homework before believing such unusual claims.