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Soros bankrolls ‘nonpartisan’ critics of Kansas governor

By   /   July 9, 2013  /   14 Comments

BIG MONEY: While Justice at Stake and the League of Women Voters claim to be nonpartisan organizations, the two groups have been heavily-funded by George Soros’ non-profits.

By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog

OSAWATOMIE — Here’s a shocker: the “nonpartisan” criticism being lobbed at Gov. Sam Brownback’s new judicial selection plan may not be as even-handed as it seems.

The organizations Justice at Stake and the Kansas chapter of the League of Women Voters have been among the most vocal opponents to the Kansas governor’s changeup in appointing appellate court judges. Distributing press releases, posting columns and, in the case of the LOWV, filing an open records request, together the two organizations have helped lead a charge against Brownback for opting to not release the names of judicial nominees under the new federal-style appointment process.

While JAS and LOWV claim to be non-partisan, their finances say a different story.

A Kansas Watchdog investigation has revealed that in recent years both organizations have received hundreds of thousands of dollars – if not millions – from a pair of liberal non-profits backed by billionaire George Soros.

Since 2006, JAS has been awarded more than $2.4 million from the Open Society Institute, a non-profit which Soros founded in 1993. OSI also gave $555,000 to the League of Women Voters education fund, which serves as a 501 (c)(3) for the national organization.

Furthermore, the league’s education fund has received more than $180,000 from the Soros-backed Tides Foundation since 2004.

Both the Open Society Institute and the Tides Foundation fund hundreds of groups devoted to pushing America to the left, including extreme environmentalists and avowed communists.

The Topeka Capital-Journal was among the media outlets to republish comments from JAS. In a Twitter exchange, reporter Andy Marso said the newspaper was aware of Soros’ ties to JAS more than six months ago. He said the information was not included in the recent story because Soros’ connection is “old news.”

Kansas switched to a federal style of appointing appellate judges earlier this year. It’s a process rooted in the U.S. Constitution – utilized by presidents from both sides of the aisle – and is used by five other states, including the liberal strongholds California and Massachusetts.

Related: Kansas governor follows in federal footsteps on judicial selection

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Travis Perry is an investigative reporter covering news and politics for Watchdog.org's Kansas bureau. Before joining the organization, Travis graduated cum laude from Washburn University and cut his teeth as news editor for the Osawatomie Graphic, where he received numerous awards from the Kansas Press Association.

  • libertyandtyranny

    When will George Soros bite the dust already? Plenty of good people die, and this bastard lives. He lives to destroy America as we know it. Why is he so obsessed with America?!

  • oldandtired

    It’s just a game to him.

  • poptoy1949

    I never hear or seen of a man that can created as much EVIL as this person can create. He is EVIL personified. The Devil himself.

  • Kevin Groenhagen

    His son, Jonathan, is also heavily involved in “progressive” politics, so George’s death will change little. We just need to work harder to counter them.

  • Kevin Groenhagen

    “In a Twitter exchange, reporter Andy Marso said the newspaper was aware of Soros’ ties to JAS more than six months ago. He said the information was not included in the recent story because Soros’ connection is ‘old news.’”

    So has the CJ reported on Soros’ connection to JAS?

  • Kevin Groenhagen

    I note that when Journal-World reporter/political activist Scott Rothschild reports on Americans for Prosperity, he always mentions the Koch brothers.

  • Kevin Groenhagen

    That may be a bit strong, but he did work with the Nazis.

  • Jere

    He is a blooming idiot.

  • jasbo

    Don’t you mean the “evil Koch Brothers”.

  • Sharon Mason

    Did you ever play chess?

  • USNSEABEE

    I wonder how long it took him to get his 501c4.

  • Renee Slinkard

    I agree with Liberty and Tyranny. He ruined Russia’s economy, Japan’s, UK and now he is just about there with the U.S.A.

  • Hellskc

    Who cares? The real question is why is Brownback hiding the nominees??

  • D-man

    Who do you think owns Obama? Obama was hand picked and the New Yorker magazine has a picture of Obama descending the stairs in Soros’ 3.2 million dollar apartment .The photo is one of the first referencing Obama as a Christ like figure. If you are familiar with the renaissance painting Christ Descending from Heaven,Obama is posed similarly and even has a “halo” aura around his head.
    As to Soros’ connection to the Nazis ,being a Jew,he avoided the gas chamber by selling out his neighbors,in return Soros acquired their property as reward.He is banned from England for unsuccessfully disrupting the pound.
    When a brain dead liberal brings up the Koch Bros.,I always bring up Soros and Buffet,together their wealth makes the Koch fortune look like chump change,that and the stuttering response from the liberals make it worth it.

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