Soros donates $1 million to liberal super PAC
May 7th, 2012
09:40 PM ET
3 years ago

Soros donates $1 million to liberal super PAC

(CNN) - Billionaire financier George Soros has donated $1 million to the left-leaning super PAC American Bridge, a source with the organization said Monday.

The donation marks the first major foray into the 2012 presidential race for Soros, a high-profile supporter of President Barack Obama. In 2008 Soros helped the president raise a record amount of campaign cash.

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In a statement, American Bridge's founder David Brock said Soros' donation would help his organization influence the 2012 election.

"American Bridge is committed to being a permanent part of the progressive community by providing strategic support to organizations across the country and working to influence elections in 2012 and beyond," Brock wrote. "Thanks to investments by progressive leaders like Mr. Soros we have been able to build a cutting edge organization that we will continue to build upon in order to keeping providing effective and efficient services to the progressive movement."

Soros has been critical of Citizens United, the 2010 Supreme Court decision that made possible the creation of super PACs, which are allowed to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on a candidate as long as they don't coordinate with campaigns. In February, told CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" the new political organizations would "create an unequal playing field, which will further destroy the political system."

He made the comments shortly after Obama's re-election team announced it would urge donors to contribute to a super PAC supportive of the president's candidacy called Priorities USA. Records filed with the Federal Election Commission in April show Soros has not yet contributed to Priorities USA.

Super PACs backing Republican candidates played a major part in the GOP primary process, spending millions on mostly negative ads in early voting states. The super PAC supporting Mitt Romney, Restore Our Future, spent $38.9 million in the first three months of 2012, much of it on campaign television commercials in support of Romney and critical of his rivals for the GOP presidential nomination.

CNN's Jim Acosta, Ashley Killough and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Really, CNN?

    And leave it to the so-called "liberal" CNN to avoid any context whatsoever in this story. In particular, 100 extremely wealthy people have provided 70-80% of ALL campaign and PAC donations to ALL candidates this year, thanks to our horrible SCOTUS. Why isn't CNN covering the full story?

    May 8, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  2. Fair is Fair

    It's OK when democrats do it.

    May 8, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  3. db

    George Soros needs to quit running this country by throwing him money at incompentent people that do his wishes. This man is dangerous and wants to distroy the USA as we have known it, has financed the Liberal's to the degree that we no longer have free elections of any substance.

    May 8, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  4. db

    Super Packs should be outlawed.

    May 8, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  5. Veteran Woman for Obama

    The supporters of the president thank you greatly sir, I hope others who are able follow your lead.

    May 8, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  6. Darryl

    Is there something wrong with Mr.Romney ? He is so out of touch it isn't funny. He has NO place in GM or any auto mobile recovery at all whats so ever.He is not going to be POTUS and no matter what he thinks he believes or thinks he can make people believe he isn't going to get the Presidency. He needs to stay at Wallstreet and continue destroying companys, putting people out of work so he and his buddys can reep financial gain in ENORMUS ammounts and CHEAT on his TAXES like he does. Mr. Romney is not any kind of AMERICAN we need to be the POTUS and Comander & Chief of this country. He should go to the Cayman Islands and be POTCI (president of the Cayman Islands ).Thats where he belongs, NOT HERE!

    May 8, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  7. Jerry

    Zorro strikes again!!! This pompous/rich fool has got to be stopped. Don't count on Mr. Obama or his chums to do it, either!!!

    May 8, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  8. Dr. Knowitall

    Something needs to be done about this criminal. We need some AG somewhere to start investigating his posterier end.

    May 8, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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