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Group Vowing to Fight Money In Politics, Spending Heavily to Defeat NY Republicans

Fresh off an April Supreme Court ruling in the case of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, a ruling which struck down overall limits on campaign contributions, the hypocrisy of the Democrat party in New York has been on full display this election season.

Sean Eldridge, a congressional candidate in New York’s 19th district, released a statement back then, in which he called the ruling “a disappointing step backwards for our democracy” and claimed that “the voices of everyday New Yorkers are being drowned” out by big money and corporate interests in politics.

Eldridge echoed previous sentiments, in which he pledged to run a “different kind of campaign.”

Eldridge claims to have grassroots support, but is currently being funded in his fight against Republican Chris Gibson with the backing of some significant liberal billionaires; George Soros, his son Jonathan Soros, and Jon Stryker, not to mention Tom Steyer, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, and Google’s Eric Schmidt.

Interesting in that list is the father/son team of George and Jonathan Soros.

In 2012, Jonathan Soros pledged to spend more money in future New York campaigns to prove a point about too much money in New York campaigns.

Confused?  So are we.

Soros made this statement on the heels of helping the campaign of Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk, to which he donated over a quarter of a million dollars.

Soros made the following statement to the Times Union back in 2012:

“The lesson both in this election and elsewhere is that it’s not having a ton of money that makes a difference, but it’s having enough to get your message out and be heard.”

Soros continues to spend millions (or rather, a ‘ton of money’) on campaign contributions.  Newly released information from a non-partisan, independent group known as Crowdpac, indicates that the Soros family is spending heavily to defeat Republicans in New York.

The top three candidates whose opponents have received money from George and Jonathan Soros are all New York Republicans.  First on the list is Eldridge’s opponent, Chris Gibson, followed by Nan Hayworth in NY-18, and Lee Zeldin in NY-1.  Two other New York Republicans make the top 10, with John Katko at 6th in NY-24, and Chris Day at 9th in NY-17.

Day spoke to us about the Soros funding of his opponent, saying it shows his race is closer than some would like to think.

This heavy involvement by George Soros – a man who nearly single-handedly collapsed Britain’s currency, has funded extremist causes throughout the world, and is rabidly anti-Israel – in supporting Nita Lowey is disturbing. Given her penchant to fund her campaign from outside special interests, however, it is sadly unsurprising.

That said, the sheer amount of his involvement – putting Ms. Lowey as a top 10 recipient of his funds – speaks to the fact that she and people like Mr. Soros realize that this race is in fact a close and winnable one for us. I will continue to demonstrate my independence and principles even in the face of this massive extremist special interest attempt to prop up a hyperpartisan incumbent.

Ian Prior, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) tells the Mental Recession that this is “just another example of the massive hypocrisy of these mega-wealthy Democrats who will do or say anything to get elected.”

He added, “Despite what Democrats like Sean Eldridge try to sell to voters, no one has benefited more from billionaires’ money than they have.”

Meanwhile, the latest news out of the Eldridge-Gibson race is that, even with millions of dollars coming in from the Soros group and having spent millions of his own money, Eldridge appears to be headed for a loss.

Now that’s getting money out of politics.

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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