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Soros group pledges $20 million to pass Biden plan

Soros group pledges $20 million to pass Biden plan

by Hans Nichols | Axios  |  Published on April 5, 2021

The Open Society Foundations are pledging $20 million to jumpstart as much as $100 million for a campaign to rally progressives around President Biden’s infrastructure and social welfare proposals.

Why it matters: Backing from the George Soros-founded group could serve as an important call to action for Democratic donors and activists who support Biden’s initial $2 trillion+ infrastructure plan but want to see him go bigger.

A second phrase of Biden’s plan could be rolled out later this month, with a broader focus on health care, the care-giving economy, climate and community colleges.

What’s they’re saying: “Every initiative proposed by President Biden has broad public support,” said Tom Perriello, the executive director of Open Society-U.S.

“But we’ve seen popular reforms get demonized before by partisans and special interests, and we are not going to let that happen,” he said.

“Facts don’t always win without some real muscle put behind getting those facts in front of the American people.”
The intrigue: Progressives are walking a fine line between encouraging and antagonizing the White House.

Some say Biden isn’t going nearly far enough. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants $10 trillion in spending. But any ultimatums that force up the price tag and raise taxes more could cost moderate Democratic votes that Biden can’t afford to lose.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has said his party will fight Biden’s plans in their current form “every step of the way.”

But top Biden officials are determined not to dial back their ambitions too much. Many believe the Obama administration didn’t fight hard enough for a bigger stimulus package in 2009, and they don’t want to repeat that pattern.

Details: The $20 million investment will come from George Soros’s main foundation and his 501(c)4 advocacy group to activate many of the grassroots progressive organizations that took the lead in opposing President Trump’s agenda.

This round of money would be directed to grassroots organizing — not paid advertising.

“We hope this effort on the part of organizers and donors will give the Biden administration and Congress the assurance that they need to go as big, bold and fast as possible,” said Leah Hunt-Hendrix, who co-founded Way to Win, a progressive donor network.

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