October 8th, 2018 9:19 PM
CONSERVATIVE THINK TANKS -vs- LIBERAL PROTESTS
—“The Kochs fund conservative think tanks whose members publish thoughtful papers on current issues. The Kochs also fund a lot of PBS series and are involved in other educational endeavors. There is no comparison between what these philanthropists do and what Soros does.”—
SOROS’ CONTRIVED MEDIA CIRCUS IN WASHINGTON:
By Asra Q. Nomani
In a series of tweets and rally comments, President Trump described the crowd as âan angry left-wing mobâ of âprofessional protesters who are handed expensive signsâ and âpaid for by [George] Soros and others.â Mr. Trumpâs detractors accused him of engaging in conspiracy theories, and even of anti-Semitism against Mr. Soros, a billionaire donor to liberal causes. ( … )
I started following the money for the âresistanceâ when it was born, hours after Election Day 2016. I have organized my findings in a spreadsheet I have made public.
At least 50 of the largest organizations that participated as âpartnersâ in the Jan. 21, 2017, Womenâs March had received grants from Mr. Sorosâs Open Society Foundations or similar funds in the âHouse of Soros,â as his philanthropic empire was once called internally. The number of Soros-backed partners has grown to at least 80. At least 20 of the largest groups that led the Saturday anti-Kavanaugh protests have been Open Society grantees.
On Saturday I also studied the fine print on the signs as protesters waved them defiantly at the Capitol and the high court. They came from a familiar list of Democratic interest groups that have received millions from Mr. Soros: the American Civil Liberties Union, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the Center for Popular Democracy, Human Rights Campaign and on and on. MoveOn.org, a Democratic organizing and lobbying group founded with Soros money, sent its army of partisan followers regular missives that led them to a Google form to ask for train tickets and places to stay.
Under a ginkgo tree on the East Lawn of the Capitol, Center for Popular Democracy field marshals put protesters through a âtrainingâ Saturday morning. âAre you ready to be arrested?â she asks. âYes!â the crowd shouts, although one woman asks quietly: âFor what?â
âIf not,â the field marshal orders, âstand in line for the visitorâs gallery so an experienced protester can go inside and yell.â One organizer hands out tickets to the Senate visitors gallery for the express purpose of violating the law. That they didâthe proceedings were repeatedly interrupted by shrieks from the gallery.
The agitators even have help with their handmade signs. Across the street from the Supreme Court, a woman uses supplies provided by UltraViolet Action to write, in Spanish: âNo more rapists in power.â
Back on the Capitol lawn, people from Megaphone Strategies, a public-relations firm founded by former Obama adviser Van Jones, manage interview requests from USA Today and other news outlets. Womenâs March lieutenants exchange T-shirts for completed âLegal Support Sheetsâ with information in case of arrest.
Suddenly everyone stands to walk in unison to the Capitol steps. When they arrive, the few Capitol Police officers on the scene silently watch them. The protesters walk up the stairsâthough they donât âstormâ them, as the leaders have claimed. There are no barricades, no phalanx of armed police.
Rethink Media created a âsocial media strategy sheetâ back in August for anti-Kavanaugh protesters. One talking point: âKavanaugh was hand-picked by dark money groups and their billionaire backers.â Rethink Media is itself a Soros grantee, and Saturdayâs protests and unlawful disruptions were part of a well-funded, orchestrated network that books buses, hotel rooms and churches for such agitation.
MoveOn.org wrote a guide, âHow to Bird Dogââharass officials in public placesâin the spring of 2017, in preparation for town-hall meetings during a congressional recess. Over the past year, I have dialed in to MoveOn.orgâs Sunday evening phone calls where they plan the operations and tell their âtroublemakersâ how to corner lawmakers. I still get alerts for their planning sessions. The last ones have been to # stopKavanaugh.
MoveOn.org announced that its call the night after Justice Kavanaughâs confirmation would feature Ana Maria Archila, the Colombia-born sexual-assault victim who cornered Sen. Jeff Flake in a Senate elevator last month while a confederate screamed âLook at me!â She is co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy. Her salary was listed as $156,333, with a bonus of $21,378, in a recent Internal Revenue Service 990 form.
What I have pieced together is an open secret but one that journalists tend to avoid. Many (including me) sympathize with the liberal causes Open Society champions. Some have been paid Open Society Fellows or grantees. And many are put off by conservative anti-Soros rhetoric, which gets truculent at times.
Mr. Soros, much like the Koch brothers, funds causes he cares about. Thereâs nothing wrong with that, but democracy is better served if we follow the money on the right and left and find solutions where they are likeliest to lie: in the middle.