Liberal billionaire George Soros donated $33million to social justice organisations which helped turn events in Ferguson from a local protest into a national flashpoint.
The handouts, revealed in tax filings from Soros’s private foundation, were given to dozens of different groups which weighed in on the crisis.
Organisers from professional groups in Washington, D.C., and New York were bussed into the Missouri town to coordinate messaging and lobby to news media to cover events using the billionaire’s funding.
The flood of donations was uncovered in an analysis of the latest tax return by Soros’s Open Society Foundations by the Washington Times.
The cash was reportedly funnelled into keeping up numbers of protesters in the community over a period of months by bringing in outside activists.
Meanwhile, papers from think tanks were disseminated to bring in extra coverage of the civil unrest, also linked to the police killings of Eric Garner in Staten Island and Tamir Rice, 12, in Cleveland, Ohio.
Outlets which covered the research, and the movements themselves, included one, Colorlines, which Soros himself has funded.
The slew of organisations reportedly created their own online ‘echo chamber’, by using their extensive social media presences to ‘like’, report and comment on articles putting across their point of view.
The director of Soros’s fund said that they have no direct control over the groups they give to, and said they are all trying to improve accountability.