The bad news is that a group of far-right conservatives led by activist James O’Keefe recently attempted to infiltrate and sabotage Open Society Foundations, a charity founded by liberal billionaire George Soros. The good news is that they didn’t get very far in their plot. As a Rawstory article details on http://www.rawstory.com/2016/05/busted-conservative-prankster-james-okeefe-exposes-his-own-sting-on-george-soros-group/, Open Society Foundations officials discovered O’Keefe’s scheme for a simple reason – he forgot to hang up the phone after calling the foundation.
O’Keefe called up Open Society Foundations and used a fake name while asking for more information about the group and its mission. Then, not realizing every word he said could be heard on the other end of the phone on http://www.georgesoros.com/philanthropy/, he stayed on the line as he discussed his strategy for messing up the foundation with his fellow conservative extremists. Essentially, their plan was to gain as much information as possible about Open Society Foundations through pretending to be sympathetic with its charitable cause and then to use what they had learned to somehow hurt it.
In the course of the conversation, which was taped by Open Society Foundations, the conservatives revealed their almost total ignorance of how the Internet works and how a modern organization conducts business online. At the end of the day, while they may have had malicious intentions, the would-be saboteurs came across pretty much like harmless clowns. The New Yorker Magazine was the first major media outlet to break the comical story.
About George Soros
George Soros was born in Hungary and, in his childhood, escaped his native country after it came under Nazi rule. He was later educated in London, then became a highly successful hedge fund manager and ultimately moved to the United States. After amassing an enormous fortune, he retired from finance to focus on philanthropy and writing.
George Soros is generally on the liberal side of the spectrum in his political views and has given considerable amounts of money to progressive politicians and causes. He has written extensively on a number of contemporary issues, and he is a highly regarded expert and a much sought-after speaker on a number of topics including finance, the developing world, and immigration.
About Open Society Foundations
George Soros is the leader of Open Society Foundations, a vast group of organizations in many countries that share the broad goal of creating a world where all people enjoy freedom and opportunity. Soros has a long history of activism that goes back to the 1970s when he worked to end Apartheid in South Africa. Open Society Foundations has been highly effective in its continued efforts to improve the world through activism of many types on behalf of the underprivileged and downtrodden.