Soros’s Open Society Policy Center Quietly Spent $1.6 Million on Lobbying

According to recent lobbying filings, the Open Society Policy Center, an organization funded by billionaire George Soros, spent $1.6 million lobbying the White House and Congress in support of the American Rescue Plan and Inflation Reduction Act. This marks the first time since 2020 that Soros’s organization has engaged in lobbying on K Street.

The move is a much-needed boost for President Joe Biden’s 2024 campaign, as Soros’s support could help to solidify the administration’s position on key issues. However, it is also a boost for Soros himself, as he may financially benefit from many of Biden’s green initiatives. Ironically, despite his investment in electric car manufacturer Rivian Automotive in California, the company had to lay off 6% of its workers last year due to rising inflation.

Soros’s influence over the Democratic Party goes beyond lobbying. He is known for his generous donations to progressive organizations and Democratic candidates. According to Parker Thayer, an investigator for the Capital Research Center, Soros’s Open Societies Network has wielded significant influence over the Biden administration since day one, particularly in support of the Inflation Reduction Act.

As per Thayer’s observation, Soros’s network has a reputation for accumulating power, and reopening the Open Societies lobbying shop is a clear indication of this intention. Soros’s endeavors have proven to be fruitful, as Open Society’s lobbyists have been able to maintain their access to the White House throughout the initial term of President Biden’s administration.

White House visitor logs reveal that on December 15th, Micaela Fernandez Allen, a former staffer to Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi who now heads the lobbying arm of Open Society, met with Rachel Chiu, an official in the White House office of political strategy and outreach. Allen reportedly lobbied for the American Rescue Plan, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Act, as well as discussed proposed legislation to repeal the Inflation Reduction Act with White House officials.

Aside from national security bills, Allen has also advocated for removing the authorization to use military force in Iraq.