Orrin Hatch, MoveOn, and George Soros: The truth

by Karoli on October 19, 2009 · 22 comments

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Senator Orrin Hatch seems to be a teeny bit unhappy with Moveon.org members’ recent protest at his office in Salt Lake City. The protesters were unhappy about Senator Hatch’s deep ties to the insurance industry; Senator Hatch was unhappy about being a target of protest.

Senator Hatch, in an interview with Andrea Mitchell:

Hatch: Now by the way MoveOn.org is a scurrilous organization. It’s funded by George Soros. He’s about as left wing as you can find in this country. And they’re up to just one thing, and that is to smear good people. And frankly, they’re not gonna smear me without getting kicked in the teeth by me.

As a proud MoveOn member and contributor, I take exception to the characterization of their organization as ‘scurrilous’, though Senator Hatch is certainly entitled to his opinion. But is it funded by George Soros, as the Senator contends?

A look at George Soros’ campaign contribution history shows that he made substantial contributions to MoveOn.org’s campaigns in 2003 and 2004. However, there have been no further contributions since then, up to and including the 2008 campaign and subsequent MoveOn efforts to advocate for health care reform.

Soros is certainly not the sole contributor to MoveOn.org, either. The list of contributors is quite long; in fact, it consumes the better part of over 12,000 pages of campaign disclosures for the first six months of 2009 alone.

According to MoveOn, they are 5 million members strong, with an average donation of $45/member. Whether Senator Hatch likes it or not, MoveOn.org is truly an organization of people, by people, for people.

Here is a breakdown of Senator Hatch’s top five campaign contributors for 2005-2010.

Blue Cross/Blue Shield $58,603
Fresenius Medical Care $58,202
Schering-Plough Corp $53,000
Xango LLC $47,700
Republican Party of Utah $45,000

(List of top 20 contributors here)

Why aim at Soros? He’s not even the top contributor to MoveOn; not even in the top 10 contributors to political campaigns. For Republicans, Soros is as much of a bogeyman to the Republicans as ACORN or the SEIU. Senator Hatch alludes to Soros as “about as left wing as you can get…” as though it’s a bad, terrible thing.

I took a quick look at Soros’ recent charitable projects. He gave $35 million to children in New York for Back to School supplies, donated $3 million to the Center for American Progress, $2.25 million to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and funds various initiatives for voter education and access, civic participation, justice and immigration issues.

Without question, George Soros is a man who stands for progressive values and is willing to fund them, just as similar conservative benefactors fund their causes and political projects. Case in point: Sheldon Adelson, who has donated nearly $3,000,000 to Newt Gingrich‘s “American Solutions for Winning the Future“, along with other Republican benefactors. Here’s a list of the top donors to the Gingrich organization, along with the amounts they’ve donated through August, 2009.

  1. Sheldon Adelson: $2,933,660
  2. Carl Lindner: $400,000
  3. Peabody Energy: $250,000
  4. Crow Holdings: $250,000
  5. Devon Energy Corp: $250,000
  6. Bernie Marcus: $250,000
  7. Frank/Lorenzo Fertitta: $250,000
  8. Terry Kohler: $125,000

These people have the right to use their money to fund causes they believe in, just as George Soros has the right to fund causes he believes in. Senator Hatch’s remarks about Soros and Moveon, his threat to kick “them in the teeth”, and refusal to acknowledge the facts that sparked the protest tells me who is ‘scurrilous’ and who is not. It certainly isn’t George Soros.

File this under examples of Republican twisted logic, where it seems to be okay for rich people to fund causes they’re passionate about unless those causes happen to be liberal causes.

As an aside: Keep an eye on the Gingrich group. They played a high-profile role in the teaparty movement this summer, and the “Drill here, drill now” movement in 2008. As the debate on cap and trade heats up, they’re sure to be a player. The influx of funds from energy, oil and gas companies is a leading indicator.

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  • http://www.drumsnwhistles.com/ Karoli

    I take it you have no objection to me referring to Adelson as a right-wing scurrilous neocon parasite who made his fortune feeding on people's worst vices, then?

  • kev

    Senator Hatch is 100% correct in has assessment of Soros.

  • http://www.drumsnwhistles.com/ Karoli

    I take it you have no objection to me referring to Adelson as a right-wing scurrilous neocon parasite who made his fortune feeding on people's worst vices, then?

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  • kev

    Senator Hatch is 100% correct in has assessment of Soros.

  • http://www.drumsnwhistles.com/ Karoli

    I take it you have no objection to me referring to Adelson as a right-wing scurrilous neocon parasite who made his fortune feeding on people's worst vices, then?

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  • volunteer

    Soros, Obama, etc they follow the very old process of divide and conquer for the socialist cause
    Follow Obamas demonizing of 1. Oil companies, 2. bankers, 3. insurance companies, 4. financers. 5. auto execs, 6. etc, etc, etc – see a pattern

  • http://www.drumsnwhistles.com/ Karoli

    LOL. but I'm impressed that you can spell socialist. Now if you could just define it.

  • So Sad

    Hi Karoli, I ask you to define Socialist please. Thanks in advance.

  • http://www.drumsnwhistles.com/ Karoli

    Socialism = government or public ownership of companies with the goal of equal distribution of resources and profits.

  • So Sad

    Please clarify… Equal distribution of resources and profits to whom?

  • So Sad

    Karoli, Please explain who qualifies to receive the equal distribution… Those associated with the government agency or public company or, to everyone in a state, country, continent, on the globe?
    Again, thank you for your reply.

  • http://www.drumsnwhistles.com/ Karoli

    In a socialist model, which we do not have now, companies are owned by the government to provide services which are not operated for profit, but to be accessible to all.

  • http://www.drumsnwhistles.com/ Karoli

    In a socialist model, which we do not have now, companies are owned by the government to provide services which are not operated for profit, but to be accessible to all.

  • So Sad

    Would a single payer healthcare system fit the socialist model?

  • http://www.drumsnwhistles.com/ Karoli

    Only if government owned and operated the system, like the NHS.

  • So Sad

    This has made the rounds for a while……
    Two Different Versions…. ………… …… Two Different Morals
    ——————————————————————————–
    OLD VERSION
    The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

    The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away…

    Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed.

    The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

    MORAL OF THE STORY: Be responsible for yourself!

    ——————————————————————————–

    MODERN VERSION

    The ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

    The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

    Come winter, the shiveringgrasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the antshould be allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving.

    CBS, NBC , PBS, CNN, and ABCshow up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.

    America is stunned by the sharp contrast.

    How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

    Kermit the Frog appears on Oprahwith the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, 'It's Not Easy Being Green.'

    ACORN stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house where the news stations film the group singing,“We shall overcome.” Then Rev. Jeremiah Wright has the group kneel down to pray to God for thegrasshopper's sake.

    President Obama condemns the antand blames President Bush, President Reagan, Christopher Columbus, and the Pope for the grasshopper's plight.

    Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid exclaim in an interview with Larry King that theant has gotten rich off the back ofthe grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.

    Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Actretroactive to the beginning of the summer.

    The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugsand, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government GreenCzar and given to the grasshopper.

    The story ends as we see thegrasshopper and his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he is in, which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant's old house, crumbles around them because thegrasshopper doesn't maintain it.

    The ant has disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again.

    The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the ramshackle, once prosperous and once peaceful, neighborhood..

    The entire Nation collapses bringing the rest of the free world with it.

    MORAL OF THE STORY: Be careful how you vote in 2010.

  • http://jackkessler.blogspot.com Jack Kessler

    Soros is an uncompromising enemy of Israel. He has spoken against Israel’s right to exist repeatedly. If moveon.org is dependent on Soros then it is profoundly morally compromised. Some of which is confirmed by this very article. Claiming that one has 12,000 contributors and an average contribution of $45 is a dishonest insult to the intelligence of moveon’s members. If 12,000 give a few bucks each and Soros gives millions, the average may be low, but Soros is the one footing the bill for moveon.org’s expenses – and he is the one calling the tune.

    The claim that Soros has not donated money to moveon.org since 2003 is equally dishonest. Independent research has shown that most of Moveon.org’s money is funneled from business associates of Soros. More than half of Moveon.org’s money comes through a Hong Kong racetrack operator who is a business associate of Soros’. The fact that Soros and Moveon.org have gone to the trouble to conceal and deny that Moveon.org’s budget comes from Soros means that they are the same set of cynical liars we see on the right where Koch denies funding the Tea Party even though almost every dollar it spends can be traced to him.

    Cynical liars of the left are just as hypocritical and despicable as cynical liars of the right. Moveon.org is just the mirror image of the Tea Party.

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