Soros-backed labor organization gets $12 million in taxpayer funding to back Latin American workers

Controversial billionaire has given several million to group.
George Soros in January 2020

A labor group underwritten by controversial billionaire George Soros is receiving $12 million from the federal government to back workers in several Latin American countries. 

The U.S. government this week announced "the award of a $12 million cooperative agreement to the  American Center for International Labor Solidarity," the Department of Labor said in a press release. The funding is intended "to strengthen democratic, independent workers' organizations in Brazil, Colombia and Peru."

The funds will "bolster unions and advocate for the full and free exercise of collective bargaining rights and freedom of association in South America," the press release said. 

The American Center for International Labor Solidarity, commonly referred to as the Solidarity Center, is a D.C.-based group that has been heavily funded by Soros-backed money in the past. 

The conservative group Judicial Watch noted this week that the Center has received over $2 million from Soros' Open Society Foundations grant machine since 2018.