Biden’s Title IX proposal mirrors action memo from Soros-funded group pushing gender identity within the rules

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FIRST ON FOX: The Biden administration’s sweeping Title IX proposal, which would bring gender identity, mirrors an action note from a George Soros-funded advocacy group that is quietly working with the administration on policy, a review finds. documents from Fox News Digital.

The Title IX proposal, unveiled last Thursday, contains rules on anti-transgender bias in schools, reversing Trump-era guidelines. Governing for Impact (GFI), a secretive liberal nonprofit whose board includes a top Soros director, has prepared a legal brief for the education department that is similar in structure. and his reasoning.

Billionaire George Soros’ Open Society Foundations has donated more than $12 million to Governance for Impact and its Action Fund.
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“The Trump administration has weakened protections for transgender people under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) by rescinding previous policy statements, changing its enforcement policy, filing declarations of interest in litigation and threatening to cut funding for schools that support transgender students,” reads the GFI memo for the Department of Education.

One of the pillars of the Biden administration’s proposal includes expanding the language to introduce gender identity and sexual orientation, which GFI advocated in the memo.


GFI’s legal policy brief recommended “implementing regulations to include sexual orientation, gender identity and transgender status; and that Title IX and its implementing regulations require schools to address students in accordance with their gender identity for Title IX purposes and not to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Rachel Klarman, executive director of GFI, told Fox News Digital they were proud of their “continuing efforts to help ensure the federal government works more effectively for everyday American workers, not just members of industry groups that have long devoted vast resources to pursuing their own political agendas”.

“We are pleased that the administration is revising its Title IX guidelines,” Klarman said. “During the transition, Governance for Impact made a number of recommendations on how this policy could be improved, which are available on our public website.”

The Biden administration's Title IX proposal would bring gender identity, which Governance for Impact advocated in a memo to the Department of Education.

The Biden administration’s Title IX proposal would bring gender identity, which Governance for Impact advocated in a memo to the Department of Education.
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A spokesperson for the Education Department did not directly respond to questions about GFI’s involvement and told Fox News Digital that “the proposed rule was developed through a transparent and public process that included commitments from stakeholders and a public hearing and feedback process, including hundreds of comments and feedback regarding protections to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.


“The Department continues to welcome comments from all parties on the proposed regulations to ensure Title IX can fully deliver on its promise and protect all students,” the spokesperson said.

GFI, which has maintained a shadowy presence, has quietly worked with the Biden administration behind the scenes and boasted in internal memos of having implemented more than 20 of its regulatory agenda items as ‘He was trying to reverse Trump-era deregulations by focusing on education, health care, housing, labor and environmental issues, Fox News Digital previously reported.

The GFI website does not appear on Internet search engines, but can be discovered by those who know the URL. It contains dozens of legal strategy notes for the development of decrees and regulations.

Since President Biden took office in January 2021, internal Governance for Impact memos indicate that they have implemented more than 20 of their regulatory agenda items.

Since President Biden took office in January 2021, internal Governance for Impact memos indicate that they have implemented more than 20 of their regulatory agenda items.
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Memos, however, generally do not identify their authors. Some show partnerships with outside groups such as the National Student League Defense Network, the Center for Law, Energy and the Environment at Berkeley Law School, and the Economic Policy Institute.

The group has prepared legal policy briefs for at least ten federal departments and agencies, according to an internal slideshow of the group. They also produced ten administrative law textbooks as of 2021. The slide also included several federal officials as part of its “listening tour.”

GFI, on the other hand, is not a stand-alone not-for-profit organization. Instead, the New Venture Fund, a nonprofit incubator run by DC-based consulting firm Arabella Advisors, sponsors him fiscally. This configuration allows GFI to avoid filing tax forms with the IRS.


The group’s attachment to the black money network Arabella-Advisors, which raised $1.6 billion in anonymous donations in 2020, is undetectable in public records. The New Venture Fund does not state GFI as a trading name in its DC business documents.

However, GFI’s links to the New Venture Fund can be found in George Soros’ Open Society Foundations (OSF) grants database. A database search shows that Soros nonprofits sent $12.98 million to GFI and its related action fund in 2019 and 2020.

The Foundation to Promote Open Society awarded GFI $5.53 million. Meanwhile, the Open Society Policy Center sent $7.45 million to GFI’s action fund. The Sixteen Thirty fund, also managed by Arabella Advisors, is the fiscal sponsor of the equity fund.

GFI also sports additional links to the Soros network. Tom Perriello, executive director of Soros’ Open Society Foundations, sits on GFI’s four-person board.

President Biden, seen here, was praised by the executive director of the George Soros-funded foundation for "revise its Title IX guidelines."

President Biden, seen here, has been praised by the executive director of the George Soros-funded foundation for ‘revising his Title IX guidelines’.
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“Open Society is proud to support Governance for Impact’s efforts to protect American workers, consumers, patients, students, and the environment through policy reform,” Perriello previously told Fox News Digital. .

“Their work gives voice to people who are often overlooked in a regulatory environment too often dominated by corporate interests,” Perriello said. “Our support for the work of Governance for Impact is publicly available on our website and we are transparent about our enthusiasm for their victories for American workers and families.”


Capital Research Center researcher Parker Thayer told Fox News Digital that “Governing for Impact is the ultimate example of the ‘dark money’ that the left claims to hate. It works totally in secret, it’s funded by a billionaire, it’s run by that billionaire’s cronies, and he’s directly influencing politics from the shadows.”

“The idea that a group so deep in Soros’ pocket is setting the tone for regulations that will affect the education and safety of nearly every child in the country is deeply troubling and should be investigated immediately. “, Thayer said.

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