Karen Paget is a former Open Society Foundations fellow, author, and contributor to The American Prospect, a left-of-center publication that advocates for expanding the size of the federal government and increased welfare spending. 
Open Society Foundations
Karen Paget received a fellowship with the Open Society Foundations in 1998. The Open Society Foundations is a private grantmaking foundation created and funded by billionaire financier and liberal philanthropist George Soros.   Paget’s fellowship provided her with funding to author a book that depicted domestic Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) activities to quell communist viewpoints and tendencies among students in a negative light. The book, which Paget started to write the same year as her fellowship, was published in 2015 and titled Patriotic Betrayal: The Inside Story of the CIA’s Secret Campaign to Enroll American Students in the Crusade Against Communism. 
Paget’s work, referred to by critics as a “thoroughgoing but occasionally convoluted narrative,”  criticizes attempts by the CIA during the 1950s and 1960s to shift the National Student Association, a national high school student-led activism organization, away from communist ideology and closer to an organization devoted to “train[ing] a new generation of leaders, hopefully wedded to FDR’s New Deal policies and yet firmly anti-communist.” 
Criticism of Money in Politics
In 2001, while receiving support as a fellow from the Open Society Foundations, Paget authored a highly circulated article criticizing money in politics and free speech activity, when used by conservatives.  The article, written over twenty years ago, lamented the lack of organizational structure within the left-of-center non-profit movement, and called for increased lobbying of government by left-of-center organizations and for federal funds to support the activities of such organizations. 
Since 2004, Karen Paget has made political contributions to Democratic Party candidates, political action committees (PACs), and left-of-center organizations. 
In 2020, Paget contributed $1,000 to the Joe Biden presidential campaign and $490 to ActBlue, a Democratic Party-aligned PAC, referred to as the “online clearing house for Democratic action.”  The same year, Paget donated $500 to Emily’s List, a PAC that has devoted millions of dollars to electing Democratic Party legislatures that support taxpayer-funded abortion, the organization claims to have helped elect 26 pro-abortion Senators and 150 pro-abortion Representatives.