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A representative for Soros’ Open Society Foundations told PolitiFact that it has not directly given money to the Black Lives Matter organization.
The $33 million figure is old. It comes from a Washington Times article that pointed to Soros' donations to social justice groups, several of which were active before the founding of the Black Lives Matter organization.
Conservative commentators have tied liberal billionaire philanthropist George Soros to Black Lives Matter for years, long before the murder of George Floyd catapulted the group to the forefront of the struggle for racial justice.
Some claims lack any evidence — like when Candace Owens falsely said Soros was orchestrating protests after Floyd’s killing in summer 2020.
Others require a closer look. That’s the case of another claim Owens made back in 2018 that portrays Soros as a major donor of Black Lives Matter.
The video was reshared on April 9, 2022, by Turning Point USA, a conservative advocacy group, with this caption: "Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens NAILED IT! Black Americans are sick of the hypocrisy and toxicity of BLM Inc!"
The video was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
Presented without a date, the four-minute clip shows Owens and Kirk, the group’s founder, taking questions from audience members at Stanford University.
"I’ve been trying to look into Black Lives Matter," says a person who identified themselves as a Stanford freshman. "I’m learning that their movement is funded by George Soros."
"$33 million injected," Owens added.
In a resurfaced Facebook clip, Owens said Soros injected "$33 million" into the Black Lives Matter organization.
We found no evidence proving Soros or his foundation gave money directly to the Black Lives Matter organization. Previous reporting in 2015 and 2016 used the $33 million figure to refer to donations from the foundation to multiple groups involved with the cause of racial justice.
The figure for Soros’ Black Lives Matter support is not credible, so we rate this claim False.
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The New York Times, George Soros’s Foundation Pours $220 Million Into Racial Equality Push, July 13, 2020
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