A Right Wing Conspiracy Theory
As the possibility of a Republican nomination for Donald Trump or Ted Cruz becomes more real every day, the right wing has been bubbling with conspiracy theories about secret liberal-funded Republican campaigns designed to knock Trump and Cruz out of the running before either one gets a chance to go up against the Democratic nominee in November. One of the main theories currently making the rounds is that liberal billionaire investor George Soros on politifact is funding Ohio governor John Kasich’s campaign for the Republican nomination.
A series of ads which are running in Wisconsin on http://www.marketwatch.com/story/george-soros-heres-my-plan-to-solve-the-asylum-chaos-2015-09-29 ahead of that state’s February 5th primary have directly claimed that Soros is pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into the Kasich campaign. Linked to the Super PAC backing Ted Cruz, the ads even show photos of Kasich and Soros together. Several blogs have picked up on this theory, with DCClothesline.com claiming that Soros is controlling a network of millionaires to back Kasich’s run.
The Real Facts
Political experts have been quick to point out the ridiculousness of this theory. Since there is no maximum limit for donations to Super PACs, it would not be against the law for George Soros to donate any amount of money to the Kasich campaign. Therefore, he would have absolutely nothing to hide no matter how much money he put into the campaign. There would be no reason to utilize a shadowy network of investors when he could legally donate the funds himself.
All one has to do is take a look at the campaign records to see that George Soros has not donated one cent to the Kasich campaign. He is on record as having donated $7 million to the campaign of Hillary Clinton, plus $1 million to an organization which funds research against Republican candidates. There are no records of any donations to the Kasich campaign. Since all donations are recorded and on public record, this can be treated as fact.
Of all the contributors to the Kasich campaign, only two have past professional connections to George Soros on latino.foxnews. Both of these individuals have long histories of conservative support, and their collective donation of under $700,000 in no way supports the vast conspiracy theory the right wing claims.
The Theory Crumbles
As the theory presented on opensocietyfoundations.org by the Cruz campaign continues to crumble, several television stations and at least one radio station have pulled the accusatory ads. Since there is direct proof that Santos has not donated directly to Kasich, it is known that at least one of the accusations put forward in the ads is a blatant falsehood. Plus, with the two donators in question having conservative histories and minimal donation amounts, the theory that they are being controlled by Santos is just not supported by the facts.
With his long history of liberal support, George Santos is clearly backing Hillary Clinton according to public campaign donation records. Any claims that he is masterminding a shadowy group of John Kasich investors can be looked at as false.