Soros will give $1 million to American Bridge 21st Century, a super PAC that provides opposition research for the Democrats.
American Bridge reported last month that it had raised about $2 million in the first quarter.
Soros also has pledged $1 million to America Votes, an advocacy group that works with other organizations to increase the political influence of the left.
The last real splash by Soros was in 2004, when he poured $27.5 million into efforts to defeat President George W. Bush.
Last year, he gave $175,000 to Democratic PACs, and he has given to individual campaigns where the per-election ceiling is $2,500.
But the announcement of the American Bridge donation has to warm the hearts of Democrats hoping for more to come.
The New York Times quoted a spokesman as saying that Soros was concerned that the Citizens United decision “opened the floodgates to special interests’ paying for political ads.”
Soros has not made a donation to Priorities USA Action, the super PAC supporting President Obama. He did contribute to the Obama campaign in 2008.
About American Bridge 21st Century:
David Brock is Founder of Media Matters AND American Bridge 21st Century (**Also listed as Treasurer**). Ties to the White House?
David Brock is also the founder of American Bridge 21st Century Another SuperPac.
Note: Since this posting website for American Bridge 21st Century Pac has been undergoing “maintenance”
American Bridge 21st Century
“super PAC” formed Nov. 23, 2011 [FEC] and 501(c)(4)
“American Bridge 21st Century is a progressive research and communications organization committed to holding Republicans accountable for their words and actions and helping you ascertain when Republican candidates are pretending to be something they’re not.”
Founder David Brock
Founder (May 2004) and CEO of Media Matters for America. Renounced conservative ties in 1997 (Esquire “Confessions of a Right-Wing Hit Man”). Investigative writer for The American Spectator. Editorial page editor at the Washington Times. Writer and senior editor at Insight magazine. B.A. in history from UC Berkeley, 1985. Author of five books.
Muckety Map of American Bridge:
Information about American Bridge 21st Century SuperPac: FEC filing
AMERICAN BRIDGE 21ST CENTURY
700 13TH STREET, NW, SUITE 600
WASHINGTON, DC 20005
Read full FEC report on American Bridge 21st Century HERE
In the FEC filing, David Brock is listed as the Treasurer. The founder of the organization is ALSO THE TREASURER?
Is this so David Brock can funnel money from Media Matters into American Bridge 21st Century without questions being asked about this?
Look at the email address for Amer. Bridge 21st Century: PLGroup@PerkinsCoie.com
Perkins Coie is the Lawyer group that has been protecting Obama from birthers and those looking for his school/SS records. Obama’s Chief White House Counsel, Robert Bauer is from Perkins Coie.
American Bridge 21st Century
20005 _ ZIP CODE
ADDRESS (number and street)
700 13th Street, NW, Suite 600
CITY COMMITTEE’S E-MAIL ADDRESS (Please provide only one e-mail address)
Call it “political archaeology.”
When wealthy donors want to help dig dirt about the right, they often turn to American Bridge 21st Century.
Roll Call describes the super PAC as “the opposition research hub of the Democratic fundraising apparatus.”
The committee was founded by David Brock, a reformed conservative who started Media Matters, a group that monitors Fox and other conservative media.
The PAC, in turn, follows Republican and conservative politicians. When Sen. Scott Brown attacked Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren on earmarks, the PAC published his own promise to “continue to bring home the pork.”
American Bridge videographers track GOP candidates around the country, hoping to capture any “macaca” moments.
The PAC reported raising $3.7 million and spending $2.9 million last year.
The above Muckety map shows some of the most generous, most connected contributors. (We recommend looking at the larger version, where you have more room to expand and move relationships.)
Major donors include two bundlers for the 2012 Obama campaign – Wayne Jordan and Paul Egerman.
Unions such as the AFL-CIO, AFSCME and SEIU have also supported the PAC’s efforts. Other contributors come from the entertainment, tech and financial sectors.
Several heirs are also on the list, including Agnes Gund, former president of the Museum of Modern Art, Anne Earhart of the Getty family and Robert McKay of the Taco Bell fortune.
Big donors to American Bridge 21st Century
Items appearing in this Big donors to American Bridge 21st Century relationship map:
**Did it surprise you to see GOOGLE as a Big Donor?**
***Notice the 2012 Barack Obama Presidential campaign is included?***
Soros Makes 2012 Splash With Big Donations
May 7, 2012
By Brody Mullins
The big story in the 2012 election so far is the dominance of a set of outside campaign entities that plan to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in an attempt to defeat President Barack Obama and elect Republicans to Congress.
That might be starting to change.
Billionaire investor George Soros plans to donate $1 million to super PAC American Bridge 21st Century, a pro-Democratic outside group that is helping Mr. Obama and fellow Democrats.
A spokesman for Mr. Soros says that he will also donate $1 million to America Votes, an organization run by Democrats that helps to coordinate the grassroots activities of progressive groups around the country. (Mr. Soros previously gave $1 million to America Votes last year, bringing to $2 million the total given to the organization for the 2012 campaign season.)
“George is focusing his political giving in 2012 on grassroots organizing and holding conservatives accountable for the flawed policies they promote,” said the spokesman, Michael Vachon, in an email Monday night. “Both groups are part of a progressive infrastructure, or center left establishment, that plays an increasingly important role in elections.”
The donations from Mr. Soros are among the largest by an individual Democratic donor in the 2012 election.
So far, the largest donor to any pro-Democratic super PAC is DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg and his wife, who gave a total of $2 million last year to the pro-Obama Priorities USA.
Mr. Soros was one of the top Democratic donors in the 2004 presidential election when he contributed $23 million to a set of pro-Democratic outside campaign entities that spent a total of nearly $200 million in an attempt to defeat then-President George Bush.
Since then, Mr. Soros has given a relatively modest amount. He said he no longer wanted to be a big player in electoral politics. Other than regular donations to the Democratic Party, he has focused his money on progressive organizations that promote policy.