Great Schlep rerun gets $200,000 from Soros son

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The pro-Obama Jewish group that was behind “The Great Schlep” four years ago received a $200,000 donation from the son of billionaire hedge fund magnate and philanthropist George Soros.

Alexander Soros, 26 and a Ph.D. candidate in European history at U.C. Berkeley, gave the donation to the Jewish Council for Education and Research. With Soros’ gift, the group — which is now a super PAC, or political action committee — has raised nearly as much this cycle as it did in the entire 2008 campaign.

The high-profile drive for Barack Obama’s first presidential run was best known for the group’s viral video featuring comedian Sarah Silverman imploring young Jews to talk their grandparents into voting for the then-Illinois senator.

“If Barack Obama doesn’t become the next president of the United States, I’m going to blame the Jews,” Silverman had threatened jokingly in the video.

“We were able to do a lot last time,” Mik Moore, the group’s treasurer, told the Forward. “But there was a lot we didn’t do, and we’re starting a lot earlier.”

Moore said the group hoped to raise $1 million by the end of the election cycle. He also said he’s been in touch with Silverman.

The younger Soros is following in his father’s progressive philanthropic footsteps, announcing April 5 the formation of his own foundation. The Alexander Soros Foundation will focus on supporting innovative organizations that promote social justice and human rights.

The foundation’s first award, of $250,000, went to Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice (formerly Jewish Funds for Justice and the Progressive Jewish Alliance); Alexander Soros also sits on the group’s board. — jta & j. staff