Administration asks Soros, other heavy hitters, to ante up in gunfight
Not surprisingly the Obama administration is asking its friends in the world of philanthropy to assist in its fresh assault on the Second Amendment.
One of them, Democratic Party owner George Soros, has spent a lot of money over the years through his Open Society Institute attacking Americans’ sacred gun ownership rights.
Here is a blog post from the Politico from yesterday:
The White House on Tuesday afternoon reached out to major philanthropic foundations not typically associated with gun control to gauge how much they are willing to get involved in President Obama’s future gun violence prevention efforts, according to a person on the call.
The call, which featured Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Jonathan Greenblatt, the director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, and members of Vice President Biden’s staff, was largely a “listening session,” according to the person on the call, who represents a foundation invited to participate.
The person said the call included the Open Society Institute, the McCormick Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the California Endowment. Those groups, which traditionally work in public health fields, have not previously been identified with major gun control efforts.
White House officials declined to comment about the call.
“There’s only one reason why you get a bunch of deep-pocketed funders on the phone,” the participant said. “It’s not because they’re great dancers. It’s because at the end of the day you need to tap into them for something.”
White House officials didn’t preview specifics proposals to be made by Biden’s working group, the participant said, but instead gauged interest of the foundations to work toward Obama’s gun priorities, even if the White House is not immediately successful in passing new gun control legislation.
“What they may be doing on calls like this is taking the temperature of folks to see how many of you are in this for the long haul,” the participant said. “They are testing the water to see, will you people with deep pockets, will you be there to back us up?”