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Democrat donor spent $80 million to ‘silence Americans’: Report

Voters cast their ballots at Ada County, Idaho's mobile unit in 2016. (Kyle Green/Idaho Statesman/TNS)
May 15, 2024

A new report by the Media Research Center (MRC) claims left-wing billionaire George Soros has spent over $80 million to “silence regular Americans” by backing organizations calling for censorship ahead of the 2024 election.

According to the MRC, Free Press, which is one of the organizations funded by Soros, is “looking to incorporate global pressure to push Big Tech platforms to juice their censorship operations before the 2024 U.S. presidential election.” The MRC’s report claims that Soros has given more than $80 million over the past several years to groups affiliated with “censorship” efforts championed by Free Press and other organizations.

“One of the wealthiest men in the world is using his vast wealth and power to silence regular Americans ahead of the 2024 election,” Dan Schneider, vice president of MRC Free Speech America, told Fox News. “At a time when defending free speech is key, leftists are trying their best to shut down the voices of half of America, especially those who disagree with the radical agenda promoted by Biden, Soros and most Big Tech executives.”

On Wednesday, Joseph Vazquez, associate editor for the MRC, reported that Free Press is “at the helm of a new push to restrict free speech online.” Vazquez pointed to a press release published by Free Press last month regarding a letter that called for Big Tech executives at Google, Meta, Instagram, Discord, Reddit, Rumble, Snap, TikTok, Pinterest, Twitter, Twitch, and YouTube to maintain “safe and healthy” online platforms throughout the election year through a list of “interventions.”

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Of the 200 organizations, journalists, and researchers that signed the letter, the MRC reported that “at least 45 of the signatories have had their coffers packed with Soros cash to the tune of a whopping $80,757,329 between 2016 and 2022 alone.”

Vazquez claimed that while Free Press said the letter was written to reduce “real-world harms” and “the rise of extremism and violent attempts to overthrow democratic governments,” the real purpose of the letter was to pressure Big Tech to censor free speech as 60 nations prepare for elections in 2024.

“But even more disturbing was the letter’s implication that its primary target is interfering in the 2024 U.S. election,” Vazquez added. “This development is directly in line with Soros’ brand, who has dedicated millions of his ungodly fortune to groups looking to interfere in elections by stifling online speech.” 

Vazquez warned that every American should be concerned that Free Press is “at the tip of this Soros-tied spear.” Vazquez said Free Press has an “obsession” with “censorship and gaining control of the Internet.”

“Americans beware. The Soros network is coming after your free speech just in time for the U.S. elections — again,” Vazquez concluded.