In his first major political donations this election cycle, George Soros has pledged $1 million apiece to America Votes, a group that coordinates political activity for left-leaning groups like environmental and abortion rights groups, and American Bridge 21st Century, a super PAC that focuses on election research, reports the New York Times.
Soros spokesperson Michael Vachon offered a statement on the donations, via the Times:
“George Soros believes the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United opened the floodgates to special interests’ paying for political ads,” said Michael Vachon, a spokesman for Mr. Soros. “There is no way those concerned with the public interest can compete with them. Soros has always focused his political giving on grass-roots organizing and holding conservatives accountable for the flawed policies they promote. His support of these groups is consistent with those views.”