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Leftist billionaire George Soros has been using his enormous fortune to buy influence around the world through news and activist media organizations for decades.

A new MRC Business analysis revealed that Soros specifically funneled at least $131,111,250  between 2016 and 2020 into 253 journalism and activist media groups worldwide to spread his radical leftist ideas on abortion, Marxist economics, anti-Americanism, defunding the police, environmental extremism and LGBT fanaticism. Soros pumped a whopping $103,236,632 into media groups that circulated his extreme views throughout the U.S. and abroad between 2000 and 2014. Fast forward to the period between 2016-2020, and Soros blew past the $100 million global media funding milestone again in just a four-year timespan.

This report is the second in a three-part series that reveals the extent of Soros’ influence over the international media to inundate the world with his radical leftist ideas. It is easy to criticize Soros’ politics. But he is a savvy investor —whether he’s trying to make money or use it to push his agenda. Soros once told The New York Times that he was working to “bend” the arc of history “in the right direction,” and he’s using his global media clout to do it.

  • $131 Million to Advance Soros’ Leftist Global Media Agenda: Soros’ Open Society Foundations (OSF) gave $131,111,250 to journalism and activist media organizations around the globe between 2016 and 2020 to push his radical global agenda on issues like climate change, opposition to the traditional family, anti-Americanism, abortion and race. This just scratches the surface of Soros’ global influence. The Soros Economic Development Fund, the impact investment arm of the Open Society Foundations, spends hundreds of millions of dollars around the world in “private-sector investments to advance” OSF’s left-wing agenda on topics such as “racial equity” and “climate justice.” The organization states it has doled out $400 million to 54 countries as of April 2022, $9.3 million of which went toward “independent media.” 
  • Views Pushed by Soros-Funded Outlets Are Radical, Dystopian: Global outlet openDemocracy — which received $1,633,457 from Soros between 2016-2020 — published an op-ed from aqueer communism” activist who said the COVID-19 crisis “shows it's time to abolish the [nuclear] family.” The outlet also justified Palestinian terrorist rockets being fired into Israel as “a necessary counter-discourse” to what it dubbed a “colonial power.” Project Syndicate, which received $1,532,105 in Soros cash between 2016 and 2020 — pushed a piece by a Soros-funded economist who argued the need for a global “climate lockdown” if the world didn’t undergo a radical green economic transformation. It also published propaganda by former Iranian president and anti-American extremist Hassan Rouhani, who threatened further conflict with the U.S. in his 2014 column for Project Syndicate if an agreement on his country’s nuclear program wasn’t reached. The Soros-backed Free Press — financed to the tune of $1,625,000 between 2016 and 2020 — pressured the Federal Communications Commission to label former President Donald Trump’s coronavirus briefings “hoaxes” and censure broadcasters that aired them.
  • 253 Journalism/Media Groups Tied to Soros: MRC Business’ first report in its three-part series on Soros discovered that he funded at least 253 organizations across the world that focus on news and activist media. A number of these groups wield massive power over the flow of information in international politics. Project Syndicate claimed its commentaries were published 20,393 times in 156 countries in 2021. Project Syndicate boasted its articles also have appeared in 66 different languages. openDemocracy claimed it “attracts more than 11 million visits per year” and has projects published “in Russian, Spanish and Portuguese as well as English.” The Poynter Institute’s Soros-funded International Fact-Checking Network controls global fact-checking for 100 organizations and influences much of Big Tech content and social media with that power.


Propaganda Avalanche: Soros Spreads $131M to Influence Global Media


Soros Report Part 3: MRC Business will expose who in the establishment media have deep ties to George Soros. 

MRC Business Researcher Jeffrey Clark contributed to this report.