Left-wing billionaire donor George Soros is illegally bankrolling a campaign to repeal the Eight Amendment of Ireland’s constitution, which protects “the right to life of the unborn,” according to an independent government watchdog.
Ireland’s Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO), has ordered left-wing organization Amnesty International to return a donation of more than $162,000 from Soros’ Open Society Foundations (OSF). The donation is in violation of the 1997 Electoral Act, which bars foreign organizations from giving donations of more than $100 for “political purposes,” according to SIPO.
Amnesty has refused to return the donation, a defiant decision that OSF is supporting, British newspaper The Times reported on Wednesday. Amnesty has claimed that the law is unfair.
An OSF spokesman told The Times the group is “proud to be one of the sources of support for local advocacy efforts to bring Ireland’s abortion law in line with its commitments under international human rights law.”
Irish pro-life groups have decried Soros’ interference into their politics.
“It is important to recall that the Open Society Foundation stated when giving the money to Amnesty that it was to assist the coordination of groups in Ireland with a view to repealing the 8th Amendment and taking away legal protection for the baby in the womb,” Cora Sherlock, a spokeswoman for the Irish Pro Life Campaign, told the Catholic Herald.
“The involvement of this US based organization in the Irish abortion debate represents a gross interference in our democracy and in safeguarding the right to life. Amnesty should immediately return the money and stop trying to portray itself as a victim in all of this,” Sherlock said.
Soros, a Hungarian-American who once said he considers himself “some kind of god,” has previously sparked controversy with his interference in other countries’ political processes.
Soros uses a network of nonprofits and partner organizations across Europe to try and affect the outcomes of elections in foreign countries, leaked documents show.
Soros uses his billions of dollars to support candidates who favor his open-borders worldview and oppose populist candidates around the world.
As first reported by The Daily Caller, Soros secretly paid the salaries of Moldovan government officials, including the prime minister’s chief of staff, between 2013 and 2015. Those payments were funneled through a German non-profit in order to skirt laws preventing Soros from directly paying the officials.
The 87-year-old Soros transferred $18 billion to OSF in October, ensuring his organization will continue advancing his far-left worldview around the globe long after he passes away. Soros’ son, Alex Soros, has stepped up his own political activities in recent years as his father has gotten older.
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