According to disclosure documents from 2007-2009, Soros’ Open Society gave grants of $3.5 million to the Tides Center, a San Francisco-based group that acts almost like a clearing house for other donors, directing their contributions to liberal non-profit groups. Among others the Tides Center has partnered with are the Ford Foundation and the Gates Foundation.
Disclosure documents also show Tides, which declined comment, gave Adbusters grants of $185,000 from 2001-2010, including nearly $26,000 between 2007-2009.
Aides to Soros say any connection is tenuous and that Soros has never heard of Adbusters. Soros himself declined comment.
Adbusters, which launched the campaign in its magazine, says it hasn’t gotten any money from Soros, but would take it if offered. ”George Soros’s ideas are quite good, many of them,” founder Kalle Lasn (who the story refers to as a “she” even though he’s a man) said. “I wish he would give Adbusters some money, we sorely need it. He’s never given us a penny.” What’s your take on this story? Did Reuters really need to check these claims?