George Soros reinvests in progressive-cause data company
November 14th, 2013
01:26 PM ET
1 year ago

George Soros reinvests in progressive-cause data company

(CNN) - A data analytics company specializing in progressive causes is getting a new round of investment funding, including $2.25 million from liberal billionaire George Soros, the company said Thursday.

Catalist maintains a massive database of over 280 million Americans that can be applied to political data analytics, helping successful 2013 campaigns like Bill de Blasio in New York City and Terry McAuliffe in Virginia to better target their messaging person by person.

Soros - a lightning rod for conservatives because of his willingness to throw millions of dollars into liberal causes - was an initial investor of Catalist’s in 2006.

“Catalist is a vital part of the progressive infrastructure, helping hundreds of organizations better reach, educate, and persuade people,” Soros spokesman Michael Vachon said in a Catalist statement announcing the investment.

A member of the McAuliffe camp praised Catalist and its reinvestment in the statement.

“Catalist provided data and services that allowed our campaign to target cable TV far more effectively than has ever been previously possible in a gubernatorial race," said McAuliffe Deputy Campaign Manager Michael Halle.

According to the statement, Catalist is owned by a non-profit trust. Company profits are “reinvested in improving services and cutting costs for progressive organizations.”


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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. tom l

    Hey look! It's the democrat version of the Koch brothers.

    November 14, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. Rufus

    George Soros, liberal icon and a genuine POS.

    November 14, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. smith

    The puppet master up to his tricks again. Now liberals, you can`t say anything about the Koch Bros. while this guy is running around the liberal ranks and vice versa for repubs.

    November 14, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. just saying

    the puppet master of the democrat party pokes his head up once again. looks like he is investing heaviliy into focring more of his obamacare type scams on the american people. wake up america!

    November 14, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. Warren

    Hey look! It's the democrat version of the Koch brothers. Without the hate!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 14, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. Malory Archer

    tom l

    Hey look! It's the democrat version of the Koch brothers.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yeah, except no. The kochs have made no secret of their desires and quest to own the entire world, inhabitants be damned. Soros, OTHO supports causes that ADVANCE quality of life for everyone who isn't a koch or one of their sychophants.

    November 14, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    This man seeks to bring America to its knees.........and he IS succeeding.

    November 14, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. Downhill We Go

    The rot behind behind America's destruction.

    November 14, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. Bill from GA

    The population of the USA is about 315 million; he has 280 million in his database.
    Must be everybody over the age of 8 years.
    Wow!!

    November 14, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. Thomas

    The Guy lived through Nazi Europe , He doesn't find fascism a appealing .

    November 14, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. just asking

    Malory Archer
    The kochs have made no secret of their desires and quest to own the entire world, inhabitants be damned.
    --

    wow!!!! they must have truly awesome gigantic powers like megatron!! have you told the autobots about this?!!

    Soros, OTHO supports causes that ADVANCE quality of life for everyone who isn't a koch or one of their sychophants.
    -–
    yeah, with insanity like obamacare... reallly improving our life. or more accurately, wrecking it and controlling it.

    November 14, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  12. $$$$

    Soros should be happy. Because his stooge (Obama) is still preventing the U.S. economy from recovering, the Federal Reserve has to keep printing money. This only helps the fat cats like Soros and other hedge fund managers get rich while the rest of the peasants have the purchasing power of their paper money eroded.

    November 14, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. HenryMiller

    "Catalist maintains a massive database of over 280 million Americans that can be applied to political data analytics..."

    So it's not enough that we're being spied on by Obama's NSA, we're also being spied on by George Soros.

    Lenin had the Cheka, a predecessor to the KGB, so I guess it's not unreasonable that Soros has Catalist.

    November 14, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. What Happened

    Mr. Soros,
    Rumors are you sold out some of your fellow countrymen to the Nazis in Hungary during World War II. Care to address that?

    November 14, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    'Hey look! It's the democrat version of the Koch brothers."

    Aaaw, how shocking...more broken analogies, deliberately ignoring stark difference all to play the false equivalence game in an attempt to have a "gotcha" moment. Soros is investing in a data company that provides useful campaign information. Koch brothers are funding people to go to college campuses, don a creepy Uncle Sam costume and hand out beer and pizza in an attempt to convince college students not to get health insurance. Soros never helped manufacture, organize, fund and train an entire astroturf movement designed to completely radicalize an entire party and its base...and then pay to send them all across the country in tour busses to share their uniquely spelled and frequently racist signage with the rest of the country.

    November 14, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. Silence DoGood

    @What Happened "Mr. Soros, Rumors are you sold out some of your fellow countrymen"
    yeah yeah
    and Obama has no birth certificate
    and Ms.Clinton arranged Benghazi
    and former pres.Clinton killed Vince Foster
    .......... at some point the conservative rumor mongers have to bring in Big Foot, just to change things up.

    November 14, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. Borderless

    Soros isn't investing millions of dollars in liberal causes. He's investing millions of dollars in Democrats. Huge difference.

    November 14, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. Jasmine

    Please keep this bug eyed freak away from me and this country.

    November 14, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. O'drama ya Mama

    Republicans ignore the jabs at Koch brothers until they can find a comparison then they continue to ignore the jabs at the Koch brothers and make the same claims about Soros. Double Standards?

    November 14, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. just asking

    is he the guy that said he had bought and paid for the democrat party??? democrats the party of the people??? yeah right! just another democrat lie.

    November 14, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. $$$$

    Powerful man with a database on nearly everyone in the country.

    George Orwell could only dream of this stuff.

    November 14, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. Donna

    Borderless
    Soros isn't investing millions of dollars in liberal causes. He's investing millions of dollars in Democrats. Huge difference.
    ---

    Close but to be more accurate....

    Soros isn't investing millions of dollars in liberal causes. He's investing millions of dollars in Progressive/Socialist/Communist Democrats. Huge difference.

    I doubt he is investing in Joe Mnachin or other Blue Dog Democrats. Do you all honestly think that JFK would be caught dead with this criminal?

    November 14, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. The Real Tom Paine

    -just asking

    Malory Archer
    The kochs have made no secret of their desires and quest to own the entire world, inhabitants be damned.
    -

    wow!!!! they must have truly awesome gigantic powers like megatron!! have you told the autobots about this?!!

    Soros, OTHO supports causes that ADVANCE quality of life for everyone who isn't a koch or one of their sychophants.
    -–
    yeah, with insanity like obamacare... reallly improving our life. or more accurately, wrecking it and controlling it.
    ****************
    Yes, things were so great when you could be denied for pre-existing conditions. I guess holding an industry that has robbed us blind for decades to a basic minimum standard is really wrecking and controlling your lives. What does Soros get out of it?

    November 14, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. Democrat Party - An Ongoing Criminal Conspiracy

    According to the New York Times, this guy is a convicted criminal. It figures he backs Democrats.

    The panel, the Cour de Cassation, upheld the conviction of Soros, 75, an American citizen, for buying and selling Société Générale shares in 1988 after receiving information about a planned corporate raid on the bank.

    Soros has often drawn criticism for speculating heavily on the collapse of fragile currencies.

    November 14, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    ""Catalist maintains a massive database of over 280 million Americans that can be applied to political data analytics..."

    So it's not enough that we're being spied on by Obama's NSA, we're also being spied on by George Soros.

    Lenin had the Cheka, a predecessor to the KGB, so I guess it's not unreasonable that Soros has Catalist."

    Oh brother. Nobody's spying. These guys aggregate and analyze publicly available information and information freely and voluntarily provided in response to inquiries. But hey, if fabricating imaginary conspiracies and 1984-esque nightmare scenarios to work yourself into a breathless, pearl-clutching, sweating, raving, hysterical lather is how you get your rocks off, don't let reality stop you.

    November 14, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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