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Taylor Swift Hits Soros Family for ‘Shameless Greed’

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Pop singer Taylor Swift took another swing at billionaire investor George Soros on Thursday, condemning the "shameless greed" of the financier for partnering with her ex-manager Scooter Braun to release a new album of her songs.

Swift, who has emerged as an outspoken supporter of the Democratic Party, railed against Soros, a liberal megadonor, and Braun, who helped organize the March for Our Lives gun-control protest, after learning her former label Big Machine was releasing an album of a live radio concert she performed in 2008.

"It looks to me like Scooter Braun and his financial backers, 23 Capital, Alex Soros, and the Soros family and The Carlyle Group, have seen the latest balance sheets and realized that paying $330 million for my music wasn't exactly a wise choice and they need money," Swift wrote on Instagram. "In my opinion, just another case of shameless greed in the time of Coronavirus. So tasteless, but very transparent."

Swift also attacked the Soros family in December as being the financial enablers of Braun's takeover of her former label and her old music.

"After I was denied the chance to purchase my music outright, my entire catalog was sold to Scooter Braun's Ithaca Holdings in a deal that I'm told was funded by the Soros family, 23 Capital, and the Carlyle Group," Swift said at Billboard's "Women in Music" event. "Yet to this day, none of these investors have bothered to contact me or my team directly to perform their due diligence on their investment, on their investment in me."

Swift has feuded with Braun since he purchased Big Machine in June for more than $300 million. Braun blocked Swift—now with Universal Music—from performing the music she previously recorded because it amounted to a "re-recording" she could not legally do until 2020.

Swift endorsed Brett Kavanaugh backer Phil Bredesen (D.) in his 2018 Tennessee Senate contest against Republican Marsha Blackburn. Blackburn won the contest by nearly 11 points. Swift has since become more vocal about her support for Democrats—unless they are interfering with her music career.