Liberal billionaire George Soros' lobbying efforts have jumped an eye-popping four-fold-plus since 2013 compared with the previous 10 years, the Washington Free Beacon reported Tuesday.
Citing disclosure forms from the Soros-linked Open Society Policy Center, a nonprofit focusing on advocacy efforts, the Free Beacon reported that between 2002 and 2012, it spent about $19.1 million on lobbying for legislation and policy efforts with government agencies and Congress.
That averages $1.9 million on lobbying per year, the outlet reported.
But the policy center hiked expenditures on lobbying from $3.4 million in 2012 to $11 million in 2013, with the bulk aimed at pushing "comprehensive immigration reform," the Free Beacon reported.
In 2014, it spent $12.4 million, in 2015 it spent $8.2 million, and in 2016, it shelled out $3.7 million — still more than any year between 2002 to 2012, the outlet reported.
The disclosures show that from 2013 to 2016, the group spent a total of $35 million on lobbying activities, averaging $8.8 million per year. This constituted an increase of nearly $6.9 million per year from the yearly average between 2002 to 2012, the Free Beacon reported.
The nonprofit told the Daily Caller there was more going on in Congress so more money was spent.
"During the period you ask about, Congress debated legislation on immigration reform, criminal justice reform, disability rights, and several national security and human rights issues, so there was more activity on our part," the group said in a statement to the Daily Caller.
"Overall, the number of OSPC staff in Washington and our level of activity on most issues in the past five years has been stable."
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