"While true conservatives were fighting to regain control of Congress from the Democrats during the 'Republican Revolution' of 1994, Dick Lugar was taking campaign money from George Soros. Now that this has been brought to light, he should divest himself of this money with interest," said Treasurer Mourdock.
George Soros, well known for his financing of liberal organizations, reportedly gave $20 million to America Coming Together, $3 million to Center for American Progress and $2.5 million to MoveOn.org, in a failed effort to defeat then President George W. Bush in the 2004 election. He has donated millions to Democratic candidates over the years. Senator Lugar is one of the few Republicans ever supported by Soros.
In addition to providing funding against Bush's reelection efforts, Soros said in a Washington Post interview that, "America, under Bush, is a danger to the world." He also explained that defeating Bush would be the central focus of his life and the 2004 president election was a matter of life and death.
"I truly don't understand why Senator Lugar, who has been claiming to be a lifelong conservative, would have ever accepted money from such a radical liberal like Soros.
"The fact that Lugar had no primary opponent in 1994, when the contribution was made, and easily defeated, as anticipated, his opponent in the general election makes the acceptance of the donation even stranger," stated Treasurer Mourdock.
Since 2005, Soros has put most of his efforts and financing into Democracy Alliance, which has funneled millions of dollars to numerous progressive/liberal organizations across the country. Such organizations played a major role in electing President Obama to the White House in 2008.
"If Lugar has not yet returned Soros' money, then I call on the Senator to donate this contribution plus interest to charity or a conservative non-profit organization," stated Treasurer Mourdock.
The Soros donation is the latest in a pattern of Senator Lugar's collaboration with liberals that has recently come to light. In October, Senator Lugar was force to resign from the National Advisory Board of Campus Network, a division of the liberal Roosevelt Institute, after the Mourdock campaign pointed out the Institute's support for the "Occupy Wall Street" movement and other liberal causes. Lugar is already widely known for his close ties to President Obama, having previously been declared "Obama's Favorite Republican" by MSNBC.