The University of California, Berkeley is home to more than 50,000 students and professors, but its conservative leanings are often overlooked by many.
Last week, the conservative campus group Campus Reform reported receiving $5,000 from a 501(c)(3) called The Claremont Institute, which is run by conservative activist George Soros.
The Claremor Institute’s founder, Matthew Heimbach, told Campus Reform that the group is “dedicated to promoting conservative ideas and values and opposing radical leftist groups,” including Black Lives Matter.
The group is currently trying to get into UC Berkeley’s student government, and is currently seeking $5 million in donations.
Campus Reform reached out to Heimbatch and the Claremont for comment but did not hear back by press time.
The institute has previously sent donations to groups supporting the Confederate flag and the alt-right.
The Berkeley Students for a Free UC (BSUF) has previously received $532,000 in donations from the Soros-backed Claremont.
The university has also received $1.3 million from Soros’ Open Society Foundations, according to a report by The Center for Responsive Politics.
Soros has also donated to George Soros’ Students for Life and Freedom PAC, which has funded efforts to get out the vote in Texas, California, Virginia and Arizona.
Heimbak told Campus Fix in November that he had received $10,000 to $25,000 per year from the Claremor since 2010, when he joined the organization.
The foundation is run as a 501c(3) and has received more than $2 million in funds from Soros.
In a statement to Campus Reform, the Claremore said: The Claremore Institute has been an important supporter of the university, and we continue to work with the university on policies that foster a more diverse campus.
The University also supports the work of our alumni and community members on a variety of issues, including issues such as diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.
He added: The university’s commitment to free speech and the right of students to speak freely on campus is strong and our policies and procedures, which are in place to prevent harassment, intimidation and bias, are widely respected.
Campus Progress reached out and received no response.