This cycle, more local lawyers have won elections with the help of funds tied to megadonor George Soros, raising additional questions about the billionaire’s apparently ongoing campaign to influence local law enforcement.
Soros, for example, donated at least $ 1.5 million to the California Department of Justice and Security, which supported the Los Angeles Democrat George Gascón. Shalena Cook Jones, the Democratic district attorney-elect for Chatham County, Georgia, also won her race after receiving at least $ 80,000 in promotional support from the same PAC, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.
In St. Louis, Soros’ PACs reportedly contributed $ 116,000 to Kimberly Gardner’s re-election bid, which she won. Earlier this year, Gardner brought crimes against Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who brandished guns while confronting protesters at their home.
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Soros-related victories are nothing new in local politics. Last year, the Washington Post reported that the Justice and Public Security PAC had provided nearly $ 1 million to progressive challengers in the Arlington and Fairfax Counties Democratic primary for prosecutors. And in 2016, a Republican running for county attorney in Henry County, Georgia, left the race after Soros Fund Management backed his opponent.
“After consulting with my family and trusted advisors, it has become clear that we will most likely not succeed against an indefinitely funded opponent, and I refuse to lead my family through what has been revealed in other Soros-sponsored elections,” so attorney Matt McCord said at the time.
His opponent, now District Attorney Darius Pattillo, claimed at the time that Soros did not make direct donations to either him or his campaign. Because of the nature of PACs, they can attempt to influence elections with large sums of money without directly contributing to a particular campaign.
Both Pattillo and Jones stated that the focus on Soros was a distraction. “”[B]If we light the flames of George Soros and make them believe that there is a ghost behind the curtain, we are moving away from the principles of equality and justice for all and that is the only thing I want to offer these people, “said you.
She also said that she “did the hard work raising money for my race. If you invested that money in me, I haven’t asked and I don’t know about it.”
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Conservatives have been accused of turning Soros into a boogeyman, but according to Dan Gainor, vice president of the Conservative Media Research Center, and others, Soros’ influence is real.
“This has been a Soros-funded operation designed to sway local legal systems across the country for several years,” he told Fox News on Wednesday. The Gainor organization regularly reports on Soros-supported companies and tracks their funding.
Gainor referred to a Los Angeles Times report on Soros that spent more than $ 16 million on county races outside of California. This 2018 report said the billionaire’s spending in California exceeded $ 2.7 million.
Gainor added that Soros paid the American Civil Liberties Union $ 50 million.
“Soros knows that prosecutors and prosecutors have incredible power,” said Gainor. “He threw $ 2 million into the campaign for Cook County Attorney Kim Foxx to drop charges on Jussie Smollett.”
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The Open Society Foundation, founded by Soros, did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
His financial activities caught the attention of Attorney General William Barr, who warned last year that the trend would lead to more violent crime. More recently, attorneys affiliated with Soros have participated in “Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commissions” that have partnered with an organization committed to defusing the police.