As the race for the Republican 2016 presidential nomination moves into its final four months before the party gathers in Cleveland in July, two of the remaining candidates stand to net substantial contributions from the most unlikely of sources.

George Soros, the Hungarian-born billionaire who is one of the 30 richest people in the world according to Bloomberg.com, is known for his support of Democratic candidates having donated heavily to Barack Obama in his 2004 Senate race and a hefty $7 million donation to Hillary Clinton’s super-Pac in 2015.

This election year, however, Soros has directed huge donations to the campaigns of three Republicans, despite his endorsement of Clinton for the nomination.

Federal Election Commission records reveal a donation to Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s super PAC in the amount of $588,375 made by Soros business associates: Scott Bessent, Soros’s head investment manager, and Stanley Druckenmiller, who manages a $4.5 hedge fund dominated by Soros’s millions.

In addition, the two Soros insiders each gave $100,000 to the campaigns of both former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and current New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who dropped out of the contest following a poor showing in the New Hampshire primary held on February 9th.

Although the financial support of a renown liberal who is one of Clinton’s biggest donors may initially seem counterintuitive, the strategy of picking one’s opponents is not unheard of in politics.

The Republican field was packed with 17 candidates a year ago and has winnowed to six after anemic fundraising, disappointing polling that limited debate participation, meager media time and poor showings in the early primary and caucus states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

Despite the surprising enthusiasm building around the candidacy of Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT), former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may well be the Democratic nominee and the behind-the-scenes money man may be calculating an easier race for her against the two governors than the frontrunner Donald Trump and staunch conservative Sen. Ted Cruz (D-TX).

Soros recently attacked Trump and Cruz, saying they were “doing the work of ISIS through fear mongering,” adding, “we must reaffirm our commitment to the principles of open society and resist the siren song of the likes of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, however hard that may be.”

h/t: patriotupdate.com

 

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