For George Soros, the building of a personal fortune totaling over $25 billion, according to Forbes, is the chance to use the money for the good of the world around him. Soros has not been the kind of Wall Street expert to simply sit back and enjoy his success, instead, he has set out to make sure the citizens of the world have the chance to live their lives in a free and democratic way; Soros has set out to have an impact on the world through his Open Society Foundations and the sporadic political donations he has completed over the course of the 21st-century. Political donations have always played a major role in the life of George Soros, but he has also backed the work of End Citizens United, a PAC dedicated to eliminating the political influence of major financial donors to either party on the U.S. political spectrum.
Although he has pledged to support the work of End Citizens United and feels the power he himself has wielded as a financial donor to the Democrats is odious, George Soros has set out to help as many Democrats as possible make their way to Washington and take up local political positions. The work of George Soros as a political donor has taken on an even greater level of significance over the course of the 21st-century as the decisions of the Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor have reflected the mood of many of his fellow liberals in the U.S. Politico reports George Soros has expressed his unhappiness with his own decision not to back the candidacy of former First Lady Hillary Clinton in 2008 when the founder of Soros Fund Management decided to back President Barrack Obama for The White House; Soros would later explain his unhappiness with President Obama was based on his belief the liberal agenda promised by the President had not been completed.
The popular view of George Soros is a man intent on pushing forward his own political agenda, but the truth is Soros has largely sat out a number of elections in the 21st-century as he did not share a political philosophy with the candidates. In 2004, George Soros made the decision to fight the power of the right-wing in the Administration of President George W. Bush. Soros provided around $27 million in backing to Senator John Kerry in 2004; among the reasons for the large donation to Kerry was a fear the right-wing agenda of the Bush Administration would threaten global trade and security. In 2016, a similar threat appeared in the shape of President Donald Trump, who the man widely regarded as breaking the Bank of England in 1992 accused of doing the work of ISIS during the 2016 election cycle.