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As the 2014 midterm elections approached, the media were quick to criticize conservative donors like
the Koch brothers for backing issues important to them. But journalists largely ignored the incredible
financial power being used to promote the liberal agenda.
Five top donors – Michael Bloomberg, Warren Buffett, Pierre Omidyar, Tom Steyer and George Soros’s
own son, Jonathan – are major funders of the left. Together, they have contributed at least $2.7 billion
since 2000 to groups pushing abortion, gun control, climate change alarmism and liberal candidates.
That’s not how the major media depicted them. Broadcast networks applauded when billionaire hedge
fund manager Tom Steyer promised $100 million to influence environmental policy. CBS News praised
Steyer for “giving back” and ABC News called the billionaire an “everyman.”
Steyer wasn’t alone. Buffett has donated more than $1.2 billion to the abortion industry, with
contributions stretching back to at least 1989. Yet, since 2001, ABC, CBS and NBC have only mentioned
Buffett’s abortion funding once, out of 545 stories about him or interviews with him. And when former
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg promised to devote $50 million to limit American gun rights,
the networks praised his efforts as “grassroots” and as a way to “combat gun violence.”
All five donors were also actively involved with media. Collectively they either supported or owned 88
separate media outlets. Those organizations had a combined print circulation of 3.6 million and a digital
circulation several times larger.
The Media Research Center’s Business and Media Institute thoroughly researched these five top liberal
donors. The findings included:
• 46 Newspapers in Swing States, 88 Total Media Outlets: Soros and his allies learned long ago
that those who control the media control the national conversation. Buffett made headlines, in
more ways than one, when he began buying up 75 small and mid-sized newspapers throughout
the country. Bloomberg and Omidyar also own small media empires in their own right, while
Steyer and the younger Soros have poured millions into liberal media outlets including Mother
Jones, Media Matters and Think Progress.
• $2.7 Billion to Push Liberal Causes: Steyer promised to spend $100 million to “make climate
change a top-tier issue” in the 2014 election, and donated at least $20 million to political
campaigns in 2012 alone. Buffett gave more than $1.2 billion to pro-abortion groups. Bloomberg
pledged $50 million to campaign against gun rights, and Omidyar donated a whopping $286
million to his favorite liberal causes. Meanwhile, George Soros’ son, Jonathan, is funneling
millions through his Friends of Democracy PAC to unseat conservative politicians.
• No Negative Network Coverage: Although ABC, CBS and NBC have mentioned Buffett in 545
stories since January 2001, the three broadcast networks only once alluded to his connection
with abortion during their morning and evening news shows. These same three networks
praised Bloomberg for his $50 million “grassroots” effort to fight the NRA, and dubbed Steyer
and Jonathan Soros an antidote to the “secretive” Koch brothers. Omidyar hasn’t even been
mentioned by the networks since 2011.