Commercial news portal Origo on Friday carried an article detailing how an online network of activists allegedly funded by US billionaire George Soros was attempting to “hack” Hungary’s general election by sidestepping campaign rules.
According to the pro-government portal, the group named Avaaz “is putting out a huge amount of paid internet ads for Soros’s opposition candidates”. Origo says “there is a suspicion that [the network] is trying to circumvent Hungary’s election rules by running political ads from outside Hungary.”
The article says Avaaz has interfered in several foreign elections, supporting “the pro-migration candidates” in all of them.
According to Origo, the network runs a new ad on Facebook and its Messenger app about ousting and uniting against ruling Fidesz every 20 minutes.
Avaaz has reportedly been active in the campaign since March.
Origo said Soros had helped set up Avaaz by donating 150,000 US dollars to it through his Open Society Foundations in 2006. In 2009, the network received another 300,000 dollars from “another Soros organisation”.
The article said the Avaaz “click movement” is present in 194 countries and is believed to have some 46 million members.