The growth of the influence afforded to major political donors in the U.S. in the 21st century is something not every person in the world believes is a good or democratic aspect of American society. One of the major donors to the Democratic Party, George Soros, recently raised eyebrows when he provided the End Citizens United PAC with the largest possible financial donation of $50,000. Citizens United is the 2010 Supreme Court decision that allowed wealthy donors across the U.S. to provide almost unlimited donations to the political party or candidate of their choice; despite committing an estimated $27 million to the 2004 Presidential election and a further $25 million to the 2016 ballot, George Soros has often claimed to feel uncomfortable about the level of influence he is afforded by his vast wealth. In fact, Politico explains Soros felt so uncomfortable with his role as a major donor to the Democratic Party he largely sat out the 2008 and 2012 elections seasons.
In 2005, Soros did set out on a path that would allow the Democratic Party to benefit from major donors coming together on a regular basis to help discuss strategy and form policy for the future of the party. George Soros did assist in forming this group, but has largely avoided appearing at the events organized for the group that became known as the Democracy Alliance; this group of major donors often comes together and meets with top political figures in the Democratic Party and others with reasons to be involved with the inner workings of the party. In his work as a philanthropic and political donor the major cause taken up by George Soros in the U.S. has been the protection of the rights of individuals and the need to reform a criminal justice system Soros and his advisors believe has been subverted in a racist and economic way. George Soros established the Open Society Foundations.
After making a major political donation to the Clinton campaign in 2016 George Soros was quick to spot the power vacuum that was becoming the norm at the top of the Democratic Party with the stepping aside of Hillary Clinton. Politico reports George Soros has been looking to work ever more closely with the Democracy Alliance in a bid to build pressure on President Donald Trump and his Administration from the very first day they took occupancy of The White House. Soros believes the work of the Democracy Alliance has become ever more important and Soros went so far as to change his own schedule and attend a Democracy Alliance event in the days after the election. George Soros has been instrumental in the growing calls among Democrats to look to grassroots candidates at the 2018 midterm elections where the party agrees with George Soros that the first steps to regaining control of Washington can be taken. Read more at Washington Times about George Soros.