Many questions still exist surrounding who, exactly, is behind the Occupy Wall Street protests. Sure, we know the basics.
But beyond the few organizational structures we've heard about and the public figures who have come out to express their solidarity with the frustrated bunch, who is actually funding this monumental movement?
While a new report from Reuters doesn't definitively tie billionaire George Soros to the protesters, the news agency speculates that the Occupiers may have benefited indirectly from his generosity. Reuters reports:
There has been much speculation over who is financing the disparate protest, which has spread to cities across America and lasted nearly four weeks. One name that keeps coming up is investor George Soros, who in September debuted in the top 10 list of wealthiest Americans. Conservative critics contend the movement is a Trojan horse for a secret Soros agenda...
...Reuters did find indirect financial links between Soros and Adbusters, an anti-capitalist group in Canada which started the protests with an inventive marketing campaign aimed at sparking an Arab Spring type uprising against Wall Street. Moreover, Soros and the protesters share some ideological ground.
While Soros has denied any connection, he has said that he can "understand [the protesters'] sentiment." Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, though, doesn't buy into this denial. Limbaugh recently said, "George Soros money is behind this." Here's more on the potential ties:
According to disclosure documents from 2007-2009, Soros' Open Society gave grants of $3.5 million to the Tides Center, a San Francisco-based group that acts almost like a clearing house for other donors, directing their contributions to liberal non-profit groups. Among others the Tides Center has partnered with are the Ford Foundation and the Gates Foundation.
Disclosure documents also show Tides, which declined comment, gave Adbusters grants of $185,000 from 2001-2010, including nearly $26,000 between 2007-2009.
Soros has denied comment, claiming that he has never heard of Adbusters. Click here to read more from Reuters.