Already under scrutiny for receiving foreign donations, including from Middle East governments, while Hillary Clinton was U.S. secretary of state, the Clinton Foundation further has received regular donations from a George Soros-financed, far-left clearinghouse that also supports groups such as MoveOn.org, the former ACORN and a litany of anti-war organizations, WND has learned.
In 2008, after years of secrecy, the Clinton Foundation released a selected donor’s list that showed Soros’ Open Society Institute donated between $1 million and $5 million. It was also reported the Soros Foundation, the European arm of the Open Society, donated to the Clinton charity from $500,000 to $1 million.
Soros himself expressed interest in a Hillary Clinton presidential candidacy when he donated $25,000 to the Ready for Hillary PAC and was named a co-chairman of the PAC’s national finance committee.
While the Clinton Foundation has not released its full donor list, WND has found another Soros-financed group that has been a near-annual donor to the Clinton nonprofit.
The organization, the Tides Foundation, is heavily financed by Soros and by his various charities.
Tides functions as a money channel in which major leftist donors provide large sums that are dispersed to hundreds of radical groups.
The Clinton Foundation has come under scrutiny since the revelation this month that it received donations from foreign governments while the former first lady served as secretary of state and after she resigned in early 2013. In addition, the taxpayer watchdog group urging the Justice Department to investigate Clinton’s exclusive use of a private email account to conduct her business as secretary of state is now demanding emails and memos from her former state deputy protocol chief, who raised $248 million for the Clinton Foundation. The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust said it believes long-time Clinton associate Dennis Cheng has a conflict of interest for the Clinton Foundation and State.
Tides documentation reviewed by WND finds the group provided the following donations to various arms of the Clinton Foundation:
- 2013: $48,500 to the Clinton Foundation
- 2012: $12,000 to the Clinton Health Access Initiative, a program of the Clinton Foundation and another $3,000 directly to the foundation.
- 2011: $19,000 to the Clinton Global Initiative, another branch of the Clinton Foundation.
- 2009: $5,000 to the Clinton Foundation
The Tides Foundation is also a major donor to the progressive advocacy group Media Matters for America, run by longtime Clinton associate David Brock. Tides gave a total of $4.1 million to Media Matters during the fiscal years of 2004-2009, WND found.
Tides provided an additional $110,000 to Brock’s Media Matters Action Network, the group’s affiliated progressive lobby.
Brock is also in charge of American Bridge 21st Century, a pro-Hillary super-PAC.
Tides is one of the biggest financial backers of progressive and radical left groups in the U.S.
For example, Tides was a primary funder to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, and is closely tied to the group implicated in voter fraud. The Tides Center’s board chairman is Wade Rathke, ACORN’s founder and chief organizer.
Tides also is a primary funder to MoveOn.org, the American Civil Liberties Union, Campaign for America’s Future, the Center for American Progress, the Center for Community Change, the socialist-leaning Democracy Now!, the Marxist-founded Free Press and Marxist-oriented Institute for Policy Studies.
Tides has been closely linked to Occupy since the anti-Wall Street movement’s inception. The Tides-funded Adbusters magazine is reported to have come up with the Occupy Wall Street idea after Arab Spring protests toppled governments in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. The Adbusters website serves as a central hub for Occupy’s planning.
The Tides-funded Ruckus Society provided direct-action training to Occupy protesters as well as official training resources, including manuals, to Occupy training groups. Ruckus, which helped spark the 1999 World Trade Organization riots in Seattle, was also listed as a “friend and partner” of the Occupy Days of Action in October.
Another grantee of Tides, MoveOn.org, has joined Occupy.