October 29, 2016 · Election Campaign · (No comments)

The landscape of the U.S. Presidential election has recently undergone a major change that has not been seen since the 2004 election when iconic hedge fund manager George Soros made a great splash with his political donating. Over the course of the 2004 election George Soros donated over $20 million to Democratic campaigns in a bid to defeat Republican President George W. Bush, but the failure of the election campaign prompted Soros to reduce his political giving during the 2008 and 2012 election campaigns.

In 2016, George Soros has returned to political giving in a way few expected with over $25 million provided to the campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on nytimes.com for her bid to become the first female President of the U.S. Aides close to the former First Lady have revealed Soros has privately admitted making a mistake in supporting President Barrack Obama during the 2008 Presidential nomination process; Soros was a prominent absentee from lists of donors during the 2012 reelection campaign of the President, and reportedly gave only $1 million to the campaign of President Obama.

George Soros has spent almost $25 million over the course of the 2016 Presidential election cycle with a number of donations made to Super PAC’s supporting the Democratic nominee for the Presidency. Understanding the election process is something George Soros has become an expert in through his work with the Democracy Alliance, which was established in 2005 to focus the work of left leaning political donors on specific areas of election campaigning; Soros has provided almost $5 million towards the Immigrant Voters Super PAC, which is dedicated to increasing the number of minority voters attending the polls who have traditionally supported Democratic candidates and policies.

The second coming of George Soros as a political donor comes at a time when the survivor of the Holocaust during World War II has also returned to active investing at the age of 85. A legend in the hedge fund industry, Soros made a major splash during the 2004 Presidential campaign when he provided around $27 million in funding in a bid to defeat incumbent President George W. Bush; many believe the work of Soros as a donor during the 2016 election campaign on Forbes shows the faith he has in Clinton after being provided with open door access to the Presidential candidate over future policy decisions.

Virginia and its capital city, Richmond, are not usually a center stage attraction for national political news; however, the upcoming Presidential Election 2016 provides some interestingly unique observations.

A recent Washington Post article:“Kaine Watch: Obscure Virginia Law Allows A Daring Move” is well worth anyone’s reading time. This August 9th news item contributed by Norman Leahy and Paul Goldman focuses on Tim Kaine and a lesser-known portion of Virginia’s election code. One sentence cited reads that “{n}o person shall have his name printed on the ballot for more than one office at any one election.”

In light of the aforementioned Virginia statute,it should be noted that Tim Kaine’s name will appear on Virginia voting machines as both a Democratic United States Senatorial candidate as well as for Vice-President of the United States.

While Tim Kaine is appearing with Hillary Clinton in cities and towns all across the USA as her vice-presidential running mate, he is still up for reelection to the United States Senate
from Virginia.

This leaves Virginia’s Governor Terry McAuliffe is in a rather precarious position. It appears that Kaine has never officially resigned from his US Senate seat. During a recent interview, Kaine implied that should the Democratic party lose the presidential election, returning to his senatorial duties would not be high on his bucket list. Without official sanction by Kaine, McAuliffe is not in a position to appoint someone in an interim capacity to assume Kaine’s responsibilities on Virginia’s behalf until after election day.

A second crux of this situation regards the “A Daring Move…” portion of the article’s title. In the court of public opinion, the jury is still out relative to whether or not Tim Kaine has knowingly used this obscure code to ensure that Virginia’s 13 electoral votes remain in the Democratic realm.

Monday kicked off the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland with a floor fight among the delegates inside the convention hall at the Quicken Loans Arena downtown. Meanwhile, outside the convention center, rival protesters squared off for the beginning of what looks like a week of rising temperatures.

There were fireworks on the convention floor early Monday, as delegates fought over the party rules. Party leaders rebuked attempts by anti-Trump forces to demand a roll call vote on whether to adopt rules that would allow delegates to vote their conscious. This mean the delegates won in the primaries are bound to Trump, giving him the 1,237 needed for nomination. Tensions also seem to mount between the Trump camp and Governor John Kasich of Ohio who has refused to endorse Trump’s candidacy up to this point. Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, repeatedly criticize Kasich on the Sunday morning talk show circuit. Many in the Ohio delegation who backed Kasich are still weighing whether to support Trump in the general election. .

Outside the convention hall, protests began early Sunday evening with demonstrators attempting to stop traffic through downtown while chanting “No justice, no peace, no racist police!” While protests were generally peaceful Sunday, police are expecting protest to grow over the course of the week as adversaries start jockeying to voice competing messages. The city has taken steps to prepare for massive arrest and processing of protesters, while hospitals are planning for emergency medical care growing out of convention-related strife.