Political Party/527

Democracy PAC

Location:

Washington, DC

Formation:

2019

Type:

Super PAC

Democracy PAC is a super PAC created by George Soros in 2019 for the purpose of influencing the American 2020 presidential election. [1] [2]

Activity

In the first three months of 2020, George Soros put $28.3 million into Democracy PAC to support various efforts to on the Democratic side of the 2020 election. [3][4] Of the $28.3 million, $10 million went to Win Justice for its programs against voter disenfranchisement, namely to mobilize “people of color and other infrequent voters” that might be affected by states choosing to suspend in-person voting come November due to the coronavirus pandemic. [5] The voters that Win Justice talk to are “are among those who will most deeply and disproportionately affected by the upheaval the Covid-19 pandemic appears likely to cause in November,” said a Soros spokesperson. [6]

Soros also gave $5 million to left-of-center PAC Priorities USA and $7 million to the Democratic Senate Majority PAC. Soros’ early 2020 giving also targeted several feminist groups, including EMILY’s List and Supermajority. [7][8]

Democracy PAC is a super PAC created by liberal activist financial billionaire George Soros in 2019 for the purpose of influencing the 2020 American elections. [9]

Contributors

George Soros donated $5.1 million to Democracy PAC upon its creation. [10] Between July 2019 and April 2020, Democracy PAC accumulated $40.5 million to support various efforts to influence the Democratic side of the 2020 election, of which $31.2 million has been spent as of May 2020. [11] Throughout the entire 2016 and 2018 election cycles, Soros spent $20.7 million and $16.7 million, respectively. [12]

Expenditures

Democracy PAC’s biggest recipient has been Senate Majority PAC, which received $7 million. The next largest recipient was Priorities USA Action, a PAC founded by senior Obama administration staffers Bill Burton and Sean Sweeney, which received $5 million. [13]

Win Justice, a left-of-center PAC whose biggest funder in the 2018 election cycle was George Soros, received $2.5 million[14] from Democracy PAC for its programs against voter disenfranchisement, namely to mobilize “people of color and other infrequent voters” that might be affected by states choosing to suspend in-person voting come November due to the coronavirus pandemic. [15] The voters that Win Justice talk to are “are among those who will most deeply and disproportionately affected by the upheaval the COVID-19 pandemic appears likely to cause in November,” said a Soros spokesperson. [16]

Democracy PAC gave $2 million to Illinois Justice and Public Safety and American Bridge 21st Century, a PAC founded by former conservative journalist turned liberal political consultant David Brock. [17]

Democracy PAC gave $1.75 million to PACRONYM, the PAC associated with ACRONYM, the digital advertising nonprofit that created Shadow, the software company whose failed application delayed the release of 2020 Iowa caucus results. [18]

NARAL Freedom Fund, a pro-abortion PAC, received $1 million from Democracy PAC. [19]

Democracy PAC funded two left-wing racial advocacy groups, Color of Change and State Victory Action, each of which received $1 million. [20]

Democracy PAC supported several feminist groups, including giving $2 million to the Supermajority PAC and $1 million to EMILY’s List. [21][22]

References

  1. Severns, Maggie. “Soros Launches Super PAC for 2020.” POLITICO, August 6, 2019. https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/31/soros-launches-super-pac-2020-1442748. ^
  2. Willis, Derek, Sisi Wei, and Aaron Bycoffe. “FEC Itemizer.” ProPublica, August 12, 2015. https://projects.propublica.org/itemizer/committee/C00693382/2020. ^
  3. Severns, Maggie. “Soros Launches Super PAC for 2020.” POLITICO, August 6, 2019. https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/31/soros-launches-super-pac-2020-1442748. ^
  4. Willis, Derek, Sisi Wei, and Aaron Bycoffe. “FEC Itemizer.” ProPublica, August 12, 2015. https://projects.propublica.org/itemizer/committee/C00693382/2020. ^
  5. “Soros Pumps More than $28 Million into Democratic Groups for 2020.” POLITICO. Accessed April 15, 2020. https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/10/soros-pumps-28-million-democratic-groups-2020-179367. ^
  6. “Soros Pumps More than $28 Million into Democratic Groups for 2020.” POLITICO. Accessed April 15, 2020. https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/10/soros-pumps-28-million-democratic-groups-2020-179367. ^
  7. Severns, Maggie. “Soros Launches Super PAC for 2020.” POLITICO, August 6, 2019. https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/31/soros-launches-super-pac-2020-1442748. ^
  8. “Democracy PAC Expenditures.” OpenSecrets.org. Accessed April 15, 2020. https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/expenditures.php?cycle=2020&cmte=C00693382. ^
  9. Severns, Maggie. “Soros Launches Super PAC for 2020.” POLITICO. Accessed May 11, 2020. https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/31/soros-launches-super-pac-2020-1442748. ^
  10. Friedman, Gabe. “George Soros donates $5.1 million to new super PAC ahead of 2020 election.” The Times of Israel. Accessed May 11, 2020. https://www.timesofisrael.com/george-soros-donates-5-1-million-to-new-super-pac-ahead-of-2020-election/. ^
  11. Willis, Derek, Sisi Wei, and Aaron Bycoffe. “FEC Itemizer.” ProPublica. Accessed May 11, 2020. https://projects.propublica.org/itemizer/committee/C00693382/2020. ^
  12. “Top Donors to Outside Spending Groups.” Open Secrets. Accessed May 11, 2020. https://www.opensecrets.org/outsidespending/summ.php?cycle=2018&disp=D&type=V&superonly=N. ^
  13. “Expenditures, 2020 cycle.” Open Secrets. Accessed May 11, 2020. https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/expenditures.php?cmte=C00693382&cycle=2020. ^
  14. “Expenditures, 2020 cycle.” Open Secrets. Accessed May 11, 2020. https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/expenditures.php?cmte=C00693382&cycle=2020. ^
  15. “Soros Pumps More than $28 Million into Democratic Groups for 2020.” POLITICO. Accessed May 11, 2020. https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/10/soros-pumps-28-million-democratic-groups-2020-179367. ^
  16. “Soros Pumps More than $28 Million into Democratic Groups for 2020.” POLITICO. Accessed May 11, 2020. https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/10/soros-pumps-28-million-democratic-groups-2020-179367. ^
  17. “Expenditures, 2020 cycle.” Open Secrets. Accessed May 11, 2020. https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/expenditures.php?cmte=C00693382&cycle=2020. ^
  18. “Expenditures, 2020 cycle.” Open Secrets. Accessed May 11, 2020. https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/expenditures.php?cmte=C00693382&cycle=2020. ^
  19. “Expenditures, 2020 cycle.” Open Secrets. Accessed May 11, 2020. https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/expenditures.php?cmte=C00693382&cycle=2020. ^
  20. “Expenditures, 2020 cycle.” Open Secrets. Accessed May 11, 2020. https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/expenditures.php?cmte=C00693382&cycle=2020. ^
  21. Severns, Maggie. “Soros Launches Super PAC for 2020.” POLITICO. Accessed May 11, 2020. https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/31/soros-launches-super-pac-2020-1442748. ^
  22. “Expenditures, 2020 cycle.” Open Secrets. Accessed May 11, 2020. https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/expenditures.php?cmte=C00693382&cycle=2020. ^

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Democracy PAC


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