March 30, 2023
A senior director for a George Soros-chaired nonprofit organization who oversees a secretive dark money group influencing the Biden administration has made frequent trips to the White House, records show.

A senior director for a George Soros-chaired nonprofit organization who oversees a secretive dark money group influencing the Biden administration has made frequent trips to the White House, records show.

Tom Perriello is executive director for Soros’s Open Society-U.S. and on the board of Governing for Impact, a Soros-backed group under Sixteen Thirty Fund, a lobby shop helmed by Arabella Advisors, the largest Democratic-linked dark money group in the United States. Perriello is listed 13 times between May 2021 and September 2022 in White House visitor logs, providing a further window into how well-funded liberal special interests have sought to shape President Joe Biden’s policy agenda.


Perriello, an ex-diplomat in the Obama administration and former congressman, plays a pivotal role in overseeing Open Society’s giving operations. The society is part of the larger Open Society Foundations network, which, in 2021, shelled out roughly $140 million to boost liberal causes, according to tax forms.

Governing for Impact, which discloses Perriello as a board member on its website, has boasted in internal memos about its success in reversing Trump-era policies related to climate, education, labor, housing, and healthcare. GFI’s website fell quietly under the radar until a Fox News report surfaced on its prior efforts to recruit talent through Harvard Law School’s website.

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GFI’s executive director is Rachael Klarman, a Harvard Law School graduate who used to be a policy analyst for Democracy Forward, a liberal advocacy group chaired by Democratic lawyer Marc Elias. Since 2019, Open Society and Soros’s Foundation to Promote Open Society, a group in the OSF network, have steered roughly $17.45 million to GFI, records show.

Perriello has visited five times with Kimberly Lang, executive assistant for the Transportation Security Administration and a former assistant to the National Security Council, White House visitor logs show. He has also visited twice with Yohannes Abraham, the council’s former chief of staff who is now U.S. ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Other government personnel Perriello has visited with are White House policy adviser Richard Figueroa, Jordan Finkelstein, chief of staff to senior Biden adviser Anita Dunn, and Rachel Chiu, chief of staff in the White House’s Office of Political Strategy and Outreach.

Perriello also made a trip to the White House on April 8, 2022, the same day Biden spoke to commemorate the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, visitor logs show. He then visited the White House on Sept. 13, 2022, when the president signed the Inflation Reduction Act, a $740 billion climate and energy spending bill.

Perriello’s trips to the White House have roughly coincided with those made by Alexander Soros, the son of George Soros who chairs OSF’s board of directors. Alexander, 37, has also boasted on social media about his cozy relationships with Democratic politicians, including former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

Alexander has visited twice with White House chief of staff Ron Klain, Hazel Castillo, a staff assistant for the National Security Council, and Madeline Strasser, a former White House adviser.


Perriello’s Governing for Impact, which typically does not disclose who authors its various policy memo blueprints, has partnered with Berkeley Law School’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment and the Economic Policy Institute, a pro-labor union group co-founded by ex-Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich.

OSF declined a Washington Examiner request for comment.

A spokesperson for the Soros group told Fox News that Perriello has met with the White House “on behalf of Open Society and in his personal capacity as a former Member of Congress.”

The White House did not reply to a press inquiry.

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