An abortion measure in Ohio up for a vote this month has reportedly been supported with millions in funds from a network of left-wing groups that have also poured more than $10 million into anti-Israel causes.
The dark money groups, with alleged ties to leftist megadonor George Soros, have been backing anti-Israel and pro-Hamas groups and are now reportedly dropping millions into pro-abortion efforts in the state of Ohio.
“Recent filings reviewed by Fox News Digital show that the progressive Sixteen Thirty Fund, which the Washington, D.C.-based Arabella Advisors consulting firm manages, sent at least $5.4 million to the Ohioans United for Reproductive Rights Committee to support Ohio’s constitutional amendment. The campaign also received $3.5 million from the George Soros-backed Open Society Policy Center,” Fox News reported Wednesday.
“Nonprofits in the Arabella Advisors-managed network have reportedly funneled at least $10,833,396 to a variety of groups that have sent funds opposing Israel since 2018, including entities that have backed pro-Palestinian protests, antisemitic figures and groups sympathetic to the Hamas terrorists that attacked Israel last month,” the network added.
Groups supporting the terrorist group Hamas or that have expressed support of attacks on Israel have reportedly received $13.7 million from the Open Society Policy Center which was given through the Tides Center.
And with a decision on whether Ohio’s state constitution will include language on abortion set for voters to decide on November 7, concerns over the source of funding for groups pushing the measure have arisen as out-of-state cash pours into the campaign.
“Ohioans understand how extreme Issue 1 really is, but when the money behind it is from liberal groups who also fund pro-Hamas efforts, it is further proof,” Sen. J.D. Vance, R-Ohio, told Fox News Digital.
The amendment would codify the right “to one’s own reproductive medical treatment, including but not limited to abortion” and would prohibit the state from “burdening, penalizing or prohibiting” those rights.
Do you want taxpayer funded abortion up to the moment of birth? Do you want to lock parents out of the health care of their kids? No and no. Vote NO on issue 1! pic.twitter.com/pXSh2mCoYl
— J.D. Vance (@JDVance1) October 28, 2023
Reports about the funding sources and their alleged support of anti-Israel groups prompted pushback.
An Open Society spokesperson told Fox News Digital that they “utterly condemn the brutal attacks on Israeli citizens on October 7” and “grieve for the lives lost and injured and those taken hostage and their families.”
“Our funding of organizations is a matter of public record,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “Many of our grantees have different perspectives and routinely disagree with each other but our funding strategy, which has evolved over 20 years is targeted towards working towards a secure future where rights and freedoms are respected.”
“There is strict U.S. anti-terrorist legislation that determines which organizations a foundation like OSF can fund. We devote a lot of effort to ensuring full compliance,” the statement added.
Arabella Advisors refuted the reports as well, calling the claims “categorically and demonstrably false.”
“The statements and implications made by the New York Post are categorically and demonstrably false,” a spokesperson for Arabella said in a statement to Fox News Digital. “Grants provided by Arabella’s nonprofit clients to the referenced organizations were used for projects and purposes that have nothing to do with the Israel-Palestine conflict. Claims otherwise are as false as they are reprehensible.”
“We unequivocally condemn terrorism and violence against civilians, including the terrorist attacks by Hamas on October 7. We also condemn antisemitism and hate in all its forms,” the spokesperson added. “Arabella and its nonprofit clients support philanthropic initiatives designed to reduce human suffering and believe in building a better future for all people.”
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