Silicon Valley’s Secret Slushfund Led by Longtime Soros Ally

Who’s behind Mind the Gap, “the secretive Silicon Valley group that has funneled over $20 million to Democrats” that boasts a “$140M War Chest to Beat Trump”?

According to the Vox exposé:

“The group’s leaders are a pair of Stanford law professors: Barbara Fried, who has no apparent campaign experience, and Paul Brest, the former president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.”

You probably haven’t heard of either professor, which makes sense, since Mind the Gap’s modus operandi is secrecy.

But Brest is extensively associated with someone you’ve definitely heard of: progressive mega-donor and founder of the Open Society Foundation, noted globalist George Soros.

Yes… again.

Look no further than Brest’s 2018 book, Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy, where he used a blurb from Soros to promote the book:

Soros writes: “In philanthropy, as in investing, you need a solid strategy to understand what works, what fails, and why. Money Well Spent provides the tools philanthropists need to create an effective strategy and achieve success.”


Their bromance dates back at least 2 decades when Brest was president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, a position he held until 2012.

According to a press release from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Soros’s Open Society Institute and Brest’s Hewlett Foundation collaborated on the Connect US Initiative in 2002 to “reverse the dangerous course on which U.S. global engagement seemed to be headed”:

In late 2002, RBF President Stephen Heintz, along with Paul Brest of the Hewlett Foundation and George Soros of the Open Society Institute, gathered the presidents of a dozen foundations at the Soros home in Bedford, New York to consider what their institutions might do together to halt or reverse the dangerous course on which U.S. global engagement seemed to be headed. After nearly two years, a core group of the original “Bedford” participants came together to form the Connect US Initiative, a pooled fund to support fresh thinking about and grass roots advocacy in support of a more collaborative, far-thinking, and constructive US global engagement”.

In typical Soros fashion, the Connect US Initiative is embraces a globalist worldview. According to their mission statement:

“To exercise effective leadership and make progress on these issues, the United States must advance a vision for responsible U.S. global engagement that emphasizes international cooperation, affirms the strong connections between today’s most pressing global issues, and recognizes that progress on compelling global problems will require the active support of friends, allies and other major stakeholders in the international community. The United States will only gain such cooperation and support if it exercises power and influence in a manner that is widely perceived as legitimate, and that clearly demonstrates foresight and responsibility to future generations.” 

Together, the pair also launched the Revenue Watch Institute, an initiative focused on countries rich in natural resources, in 2006:

“George Soros, OSI’s chair and founder, announced his gift of $4.5 million to develop better oversight of resource revenues so that citizens can benefit from their countries’ natural wealth. In collaboration with OSI, Erik Solheim, the Minister for International Development, said that Norway will give $3 million and Paul Brest, President of the Hewlett Foundation, said Hewlett will contribute $1.5 million to the new RWI.”

Together, Soros and Brest under the auspices of the Hewlett Foundation and the Open Society Institute, have spent millions of dollars attempting to push the world closer to embracing the ‘false song of globalism.’

And here they are, at it again, with the secretive Silicon Valley donor class.

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