The arch-liberal billionaire George Soros is the shadowy funder behind the “Latino Victory Fund,” which was recently forced to pull a disgusting ad, depicting Trump supporters as savage hunters of minorities and immigrant children. Released to support the Democrat candidate for Virginia governor, the Soros ad immediately sparked controversy.
The Latino Victory Fund, a group that specifically carries a mission of “growing Latino political power by increasing Latino representation at every level of government,” released this advertisement that showed a man driving a pickup truck with a Gillespie campaign bumper sticker, the truck was shown chasing minority children down the streets and alleyways. “Is this what Donald Trump and Ed Gillespie mean by ‘the American dream?'” the voiceover had said in the advertisement.
Cristóbal J. Alex, the president of the Latino Victory, says that the ad was produced to show how exactly Gillespie has “eagerly embraced racism and xenophobia” during his campaign. The group pulled the ad following the terror attack in New York City on Tuesday and had issued a non-apology when announcing their move.
“We knew our ad would ruffle feathers,” Alex had said in a statement late Tuesday night. “We held a mirror up to the Republican Party, and they don’t like what they see. We have decided to pull our ad at this time. Given recent events, we will be placing other powerful ads into rotation that highlight the reasons we need to elect progressive leaders in Virginia.”
Soros is the top individual donor to the Latino Victory Fund this year and has given $150,000 so far to the group, as shown by the Federal Election Commission filings. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) BOLD PAC, the fundraising arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, also donated $150,000 to the Latino Victory Fund.
Soros produced the funding for a campaign during last year that involved the group.
Numerous immigration activist groups, including the Latino Victory, the Center for Community Change, and America’s Voice, had launched the “Families Fight Back” program during the 2016 election cycle.
The Immigrant Voters Win PAC was created as a part of the campaign with the sole goal of registering the 400,000 new Hispanic voters before the start of November elections. Soros, who had vowed to spend $15 million to court these Hispanic voters, initially cut a $3 million check for the committee and for months was the sole donor to the PAC.
“The intense anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric that has been fueled by the Republican primary is deeply offensive,” Soros had said previously. “It is harmful to our democracy and our national interests. There should be consequences for the outrageous statements and proposals that we’ve regularly heard.”
Deepak Bhargava, the executive director of the Center for Community Change, a group that has worked very closely with Latino Victory on the “Families Fight Back” campaign, sits on the advisory board of the Soros’s Open Society Foundations.
As per an un-redacted tax documents that reveal the donors for the Center for Community Change, which does not disclose their contributors found by a source, Soros gave millions in funding to the group. It has also received funding from the likes of the Ford Foundation, which was first created by members of the Ford Motor Company, but is no longer connected to the company.
Latino Victory’s senior management previously worked with Soros and Ford Motor Company’s philanthropic arm, the radically progressive Ford Foundation.