George Soros denied this Thursday the speculation that he gave money to the current wave of protesters against Wall Street (#occupywallstreet).
Such speculations won voice this week when the conservative broadcaster Rush Limbaugh told his listeners that “the money from George Soros is behind” the anti-capitalist movement. Here is another trickle down scenario which shows George Soros might have contributed indirectly (though we can link Kevin Bacon to Osama Bin Laden using the same reasoning):
Contributions from Soros to an organization called the Tides Center, however, could have trickled down to the demonstrations, research suggests.
Soros has over time handed over at least $3.5 million to the Tides Center, who in turn has given grants to the anti-capitalist Canadian magazine Adbusters. It is believed that that a call-out campaign started by Adbusters served as a catalyst in the Occupy Wall Street movement, whichas it is approaches its fifth week has managed to spread in cities from coast-to-coast and into other countries internationally.
The Tides Center has given grants of around $185,000 to Adbusters over the last decade or so, which was founded out of Vancouver, British Columbia in 1989. Vancouver, one of the most populated cities in all of Canada, is plotting an Occupy demonstration movement itself in solidarity with the Wall Street protesters this weekend.
Adbusters has responded to the allegations that Soros has helped them by shooting down the suggestions. “George Soros’s ideas are quite good, many of them. I wish he would give Adbusters some money, we sorely need it,” co-founder Kalle Lasn tells Reuters. “He’s never given us a penny.”