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Soros-supported ‘Secretary of State Project’ dealt blow in midterm elections

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      Matthew Vadum

      Matthew Vadum is a senior editor at Capital Research Center, a Washington, D.C. think tank that studies the politics of philanthropy with a special focus on left-wing advocacy groups. An award-winning investigative reporter, Vadum's book, <em>Subversion Inc.: How Obama's ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers</em>, was published in 2011.

The plans of radical philanthropist George Soros and his billionaire allies to make it easier for state officials to affect the outcomes of elections through chicanery were dealt a temporary setback last week.

That’s because five out of seven candidates backed by the Soros-supported “Secretary of State (SoS) Project” went down in flames November 2. Of the SoS candidates endorsed by the “527” political committee, only incumbents Mark Ritchie of Minnesota and Debra Bowen of California failed to drown in the GOP tidal wave. Using 527 groups, which may accept unlimited contributions, is a Soros trademark. Soros gave close to $24 million to 527 groups in 2004 in a failed attempt to defeat President Bush.

Even with last week’s results, the SoS Project still takes credit for electing “11 of 18 election reform candidates in key states like Minnesota” since it began funding candidates in 2006. “Winning in these states has made a difference already, and now we’re gearing up for more wins in 2012,” the group’s website declares.

The reason Soros and his allies want to influence the elections for a state office few people understand or care about is because in most states the secretary of state is the chief elections officer. Political observers know that a relatively small amount of money can help swing a little-watched contest. As Joseph Stalin is said to have once remarked, “The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.” The lesson has not been lost on Soros.

Soros and company know that once elected, a leftist secretary of state can help deliver a close election to Democrats as critics accuse Minnesota’s Ritchie of doing in the protracted slug fest of a recount that followed the 2008 U.S. Senate contest between Al Franken and then-incumbent Norm Coleman. (Soros also funded an effort to take away democratic elections for state supreme courts, as John Gizzi noted in a recent paper for my employer, Capital Research Center.)

The SoS Project holds up former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris as a reason why liberals should send the group money. Claiming to support “election protection,” the group recites well-worn liberal talking points about how Harris was part of an alleged conspiracy that helped deliver the 2000 presidential election to George W. Bush.

The secretary of state candidates the SoS Project endorses sing the same familiar song about electoral integrity issues that is routinely heard from Marxist academic Frances Fox Piven and ACORN: Voter fraud is largely a myth, voter suppression of minorities is used widely by Republicans, cleansing the dead and fictional characters from voter rolls shouldn’t be a priority, and anyone who demands that a voter produce photo identification before pulling the lever is hostile to poor people and minorities.

The SoS Project, which raised at least $182,035 in the 2010 election cycle, is an officially approved grant recipient of the Democracy Alliance, a financial clearinghouse that directs its members’ money toward left-wing political infrastructure such as media outlets and activist groups. Soros belongs to the ultra-secretive Alliance, along with billionaires Peter B. Lewis and Herb and Marion Sandler and more than 100 other wealthy liberals.

  • rockhard

    Glen Beck exposed George Soros who is no doubt an enemy of America for the last three day Beck used Georges own words, and now of course the ADL has come out and attacked Glen Beck as “anti Semitic” the ADL is protecting George the thief who wants to bring down America.

    He would like us to become slaves to the world and take away our independence so he and his boys could continue to rob us blind and make slaves of Americans…

    the ADL should hang their head in shame using lies and false smears to go after Beck, using the anti Semitic card against anyone who say’s anything some Jews don’t like, sorry it doesn’t work like that ADL ..WE ARE NOT YOUR SLAVES AND YOU ARE NOT OUR MASTERS EVEN THOUGH IM SURE YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE OUR MASTERS JUST LIKE YOUR BOY GEORGE WANTS TO MAKE SLAVES OF US, HE’S BUSY BE BUYING AND CREATING 100′S OF LEFT WING ORGINXATIONS WITH HIS MONEY TO BRING DOWN AMERICA, WE KNOW WHAT GAME NOW AND IT WILL NEVER WORK.

  • truebearing

    For the next two years the spotlight should never be taken off Soros, and I’m glad to see the DC putting the focus on his rather obvious intention of overthrowing this country. He is an enemy of this country, and has pretty much admitted he is.

    He wants a global government and has said the U.S. is the biggest impediment to his internationalist schemes. He also said that if Bush got re-elected in 2004 he would destroy the U.S. economy.

    Guess who ended up owning a large portion of Indy Mac, the financial institution whose collapse started the subprime meltdown? You guessed it, George Soros.

    Soros, like Obama, is a raging megalomaniac who once said in an interview that he sometimes thinks of himself as a god.

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  • Branded

    Traitors like Soros need put in prison and their wealth needs put to the National Debt. The traitors against America needs to be held accountable, but like everything else the Public Servants that are supposed to work for the people are on their payroll. Which in turn should be in the same prison waiting to be HUNG, for crimes against America and her people. It’s time for the American people to rid our country of such corrupt and evil people. Either you are FOR America or you are AGAINST America, if you are against us then a prison cell waits for you. Semper Fi.

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  • snappercat

    Soros is the shining example for taxing the rich into poverty.

    • JillianO

      Unfortunately, Soros uses the Netherlands Antilles for his finances and is not subject to income taxes in the U.S. He would probably agree with you that all those “rich” people who are stupid enough to pay taxes in the U.S. should be taxed 100% of their incomes.

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  • chai

    Soros is totally evil, a wicked, selfish, grasping, power-mad person who nearly wrecked the economies of Malaysia and Britain. Evil.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Madeleine-Tector/1346178094 Madeleine Tector

    I have just finished signing petitions to send to my Senators, I have never seen such horrible dehumanizing bills in my life, if people could see them they would be frightened at first the way I was and then becoem enraged, the way I did. You can thank George Soros and his ilk , the CFR, of which he is a member , for all of this. A bunch of sick in the head old men who don’t know what to do with their money. I have been reading and researching for months now and in one way I’m sorry I did, ignorance is bliss. I would like to buy a small home to enjoy with my husband, all I have heard is doomsday predictions and of course the foreclosure mess, then Obama signed the Law of the Seas Treaty, and although it has not yet been ratified it probably will be, if they are squeezed hard enough and then this world won’t be worth living in, the UN hasd ot go, that would end a lot of our troubles, we don’t need them. Then you have the livable communities act and the clean water act , all land grabs and control methods, you have to be afraid to buy a house with all of that going on.

    I would like to know why Obama was on the phone talking to an Indian VIP in India that was set up by the CFR, I would like to know why Iraq and afghanistan have democratic votes and we here in the USA can’t get a fair voting practice going, why Acorn has not been abolished and defunded as promised, why the CFR, run by another rich old poop, David Rockefeller, is allowed to move along their treasonous agenda, and why someone like this evil disgusting shell of a man who actually has children is allowed to breathe the same air as Americans.why? The Republicans are in, so what, what are they going to do.Darrell Issa said he was going to investigate Obama when he got into office, now he says he is there to make the President look good and no one punched him in the face.

    I think we ought to bring the rest of the troops home and put them in charge of our Government, how about those apples, they know what traitors and treason is all about . I think that’s a mighty fine idea, a military run Gvernment , without the CFR General Petraeus in charge of course, they can teaach in our schools too. Just some smart average Joe who cares about America enough to lay his life down for it, unlike the draft dodging, lying Fops we have in there now and the supreme court could use an overhauling too. I’m going to work on it.