George Soros, an investor billionaire and philanthropist, is known for his attempts to retain the democratic values not only in the home country, the U.S. but across the world. It was quite evidenced when he tried to stop the President Donald Trump in the Presidential election 2016 by supporting Hillary Clinton. Soros felt that the divisive speeches of Donald Trump clubbed with the lack of clarity in major policies making him not fit for the job. The environment of fear created by Trump forced Soros to call him “doing the job of ISIS.”
Due to that reason, he went on a spent spree in the election and reportedly donated more than $25 million for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. It was the first time after a decade, Soros was significantly contributing in elections – in 2004, he contributed $27 million to defeat the then President George W. Bush. Soros contributed large sums to Hillary supporting groups and PACs, and that provided a significant financial edge for her in the election against Trump. Soros donated $7 million to one of the largest Super PACs backing Clinton named Priorities USA Action. Soros also gave away $2 million to another PAC named American Bridge 21st Century that is working to resist all the Republican candidates including Trump. Read this story about George at politico.com
Immigrant Voters Win, a PAC working for increased turnout from Hispanic voters in critical swing states, received $5 million from Soros. He donated another $5 million to Voting Rights Trust, a group working to resist the conservative attempts to restrict voting. It is also revealed that Soros donated $2 million to America Votes, a voter mobilization group. Soros also contributed $1.5 million each to Planned Parenthood Votes – a PAC supports candidates who are backing abortion rights – and Senate Majority PAC – a PAC working for the victory of Democratic Senate candidates.
Read more: http://www.cnbc.com/george-soros/
While coming to his thoughts on capitalism, Soros says that it is endangering the democratic and open society largely. Though he earned billions from financial markets, Soros admits that the biggest threat to open society in today’s world is capitalism. He felt that both communism and Nazism are totalitarian concepts that do not support any free thinking and resist open societies. Due to that reason, Soros founded Open Societies in 1979 to spread the concept of open societies to make a total transformation in various societies.
Soros tried to intervene in many countries including South Africa, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary, China, the Soviet Union, and more, in the initial years. He could significantly transform many of those societies and make political changes in some of them. George Soros feels that open societies can also be threatened by even excessive individualism or capitalism. He says that too much competition added with very little cooperation can create inequities and instability in the society. Read more at The New York Times about George.
Eric Lefkofsky is an American entrepreneur who is most known for being the chairman and co-founder of the very popular e-commerce website Groupon. He was born in Michigan in 1969 and has been involved in many different business and philanthropic endeavors ever since. Continue reading to find out more about Eric Lefkofsky’s educational background as well as his philanthropic endeavors.
Eric Lefkofsky graduated high school in 1987. He attended the Southfield-Lathrup High School located in Lathrup Village, Michigan. It is one of the oldest high schools in the Southfield area. They are known for their extensive and well supported music program. They are also known locally for their amazing basketball team which earned a state title.After graduating high school Lefkofsky attended the University of Michigan located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It is known as one of the top schools. He eventually graduated with honors in 1991.After graduating from the University of Michigan in 1991 Eric Lefkofsky then went on to continue his education at the University of Michigan Law School also located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Lefkofsky ended up receiving his Juris doctor degree in 1993.
Throughout his busy career Eric Lefkofsky has also been involved in many different philanthropic endeavors. In 2013 he and his wife joined The Giving Pledge which is a big charitable organization run by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. The idea of the pledge is that wealthy individuals will donate much of their money to different charities throughout their life and death. To date The Giving Pledge has pledged to donate over 700 billion dollars to worthy causes.Eric Lefkofsky and his wife Elizabeth also started their own charitable trust back in 2006 named the Lefkofsky foundation. It works to support a variety of different charitable organizations. They work to enhance the well-being of women and men all over the world. To date they have helped fund more than 50 different charitable organizations.These are just a few of the many different philanthropic endeavors that Eric Lefkofsky has been a part of. He continues to work every day to make the world a better place for people to live.
Andrea McWilliams, a native Austenite, is a lobbyist and political fundraiser. She has been a political force in Texas since she became a Chief of Staff at the tender age of 21. She combines grace and grit along with patience and persuasion. Andrea brings her unique touch to every matter that she deals with, drawing from her experience in both the private and public sector.
She is the co-founder, along with her husband Dean, of McWilliams — a full-service firm of governmental affairs consultants. The husband and wife team, having a unique Republican/Democrat lobby, work together making sure that their clients are represented on both sides of the political arena. Their company is trusted at all levels, local, state, and national.
Leading news agencies acknowledge her role as a political strategist and her ability to raise funds for various causes. Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce has acknowledged her as, “consigliere to the powerful and political.”
Andrea McWilliams has an extensive list of awards that she has won, among them are:
- Austin Business Journal’s “Profiles in Power.”
- Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce’s “2016 Texas Businesswomen of the Year Finalist.”
- Girl Scouts of Central Texas, “Woman of Distinction.”
- Austin American-Statesman honored her as a member of its Glossy 8 list
- Austin Fashion Week’s “Style Setter” — this award is in recognition of her work and dedication to nonprofit organizations in the area.
- She is also the recipient of “Austin Under 40” Award.
- Andrea is a respected community volunteer and well-known for her philanthropy.
Here is a short list of non-profit organizations that she serves at:
- Texas Lyceum
- Maxi-Arte Museum
- Rise Across Texas Challenge
- The Elizabeth Ann Seton Hospital
- Austin Children in Crisis
- Long Center’s Notable Women (inaugural member)
She has represented result oriented cancer societies, among them, Susan G. Women Breast Cancer Foundation and KillCancer.
Among her political achievements, she passed $100 million in incentives during the 81st Legislative Session, to give Texas the primary spot on the globe for advanced clean coal power plant that captures carbon. She lives with her husband and three children in the historic Old Enfield neighborhood, continually contributing to its preservation.