J Street has said it doesn’t receive money from George Soros, but now news reports indicate that he has in fact contributed.
J Street has always said that George Soros did not found J Street and did not provide its initial funding – a decision about which he was very public before the organization’s launching in 2008.
J Street has also always said that it would be very pleased to have funding from Mr. Soros. In fact, the organization has received approximately $250,000/year in funding from the Soros family since launching. We are not clear whether the Soros family will fund our work in the future, though we hope they will choose to do so.
Overall, the J Street family of organizations – its legally-independent PAC, the 501(c)(3) Education Fund and the (c)(4) lobby – has now raised approximately $11 million in just over two and a half years. The Soros family has contributed just over seven percent of the overall funding.
Our other largest sources of funding (all of roughly the same overall magnitude) are the Nathan Cummings Foundation and the Skoll Global Threats Fund which have donated to the 501(c)(3) Education Fund, and donations that have been made or raised by William Benter. As we have publicly acknowledged before, the contributions that made it possible to launch J Street came from Alan and Deborah Sagner and Davidi Gilo.
Overall, we have over 10,000 donors to the various organizations, and are committed to the full disclosure of our donors required by the law. We are also committed to protecting the privacy of our donors, which is guaranteed by law in the case of contributions to our 501(c)(4) and was egregiously violated by the Internal Revenue Service in erroneously and illegally making our donor schedule available to the public.
For a full explanation, please see Jeremy Ben-Ami’s statement on our blog.