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Ramaswamy Took Soros Money Then Tried to Hide Truth

Vivek Ramaswamy speaks into a microphone
Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy speaks during the Vision 2024 National Conservative Forum in Charleston, S.C., on March 18. (Logan Cyrus/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 22 August 2023 09:50 PM EDT

Vivek Ramaswamy didn't tell the truth about the real reason he took money from the family of George Soros.

After criticism for receiving a $90,000 grant from the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship to attend Yale Law School, Ramaswamy claimed that he did so only because he "didn't have the money" pay for it.

But in 2011, the same year he started Yale, Ramaswamy reported he made $2.2 million in income, according to his tax returns reviewed by Fox News.

His returns also show for the three years before 2011 he made over $1.1 million income working as a hedge fund analyst.

Ramaswamy's connection with Paul Soros, the brother of the controversial George Soros, has raised eyebrows in Republican circles.

In a recent interview with Real America's Voice, Ramaswamy explained he took the money out of need.

"There was a separate scholarship that I won at the age of 24-25, when I was going to law school in my mid-20s, in my early 20s," he said. "When I didn't have the money and it was a merit scholarship that hundreds of kids win, that was partially funded, not by George Soros, but by Paul Soros a relative, his brother."

Ramaswamy also claimed in the interview that when he received the fellowship a decade earlier George Soros had not "gone of the rails" pushing leftwing politics.

But that isn't true either.

George Soros had been a prolific funder of leftwing causes since the 1990s and was the leading billionaire donor opposing George W. Bush from the early 2000s.

Ramaswamy's campaign spokesperson Tricia McLaughlin gave Fox a similar explanation.

"Vivek won a generic scholarship that hundreds of students win to attend graduate school," she said. "It was funded by a relative of George Soros who is long dead."

"Vivek would have been a fool to turn down that scholarship – Anyone who would have shouldn't get anywhere near the White House doing trade deals."

Still, Ramaswamy appears to be nervous about the association with the Soros family.

The 38-year-old businessman had long touted his Soros connection on his Wikipedia page before he ran for president.

But earlier this year attempts were made to remove the Soros scholarship reference.

In May Mediaite reported that "Ramaswamy himself has made an intentional effort to conceal his own biography, even paying a Wikipedia editor to remove potentially politically damaging details about his past from his page."

According to Mediaite the changes to Ramaswamy's Wikipedia page were made just weeks before he announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president.

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Vivek Ramaswamy didn't tell the truth about the real reason he took money from the family of George Soros.
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Tuesday, 22 August 2023 09:50 PM
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