LOS ANGELES, CA– A campaign report released on Friday, September 25th, reveals that philanthropist George Soros is funding Democrat George Gascón in the race for Los Angeles County district attorney.
Soros, who is said to have the same “progressive” views as Gascón, has made a $1.5 million donation to a political action committee in order to unseat the current L.A. district attorney, Jackie Lacey.
George Soros Pumps Another $1.5 Million into Los Angeles DA Race
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Los Angeles is the nations most popular county, with more than ten million residents. So it comes as no surprise, that prominent organizers and national donors who favor sweeping criminal justice reforms are involved with the upcoming election.
Jackie Lacey, the democratic two-term incumbent, is L.A County’s first black district attorney, who is being backed by law enforcement unions and local politicians.
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Although, some elected officials, such as U.S. Reps. Adam Schiff and Ted Lieu, withdrew their endorsements after nationwide protests erupted calling for systematic change.
Lacey has come under fire recently for her unwillingness to prosecute police officers who have fatally shot civilians. Black Lives Matter staged a protest the day before the primary election at Lacey’s home in order to intimidate her.
TheDailyWire reported that according to an independent expenditure report, the California Justice and Public Safety PAC received Soros’ massive donation on Thursday, September 24. The document also indicated the committee spent more than $930,000 on television and digital advertisements supporting Lacey’s opponent, Democrat George Gascón.
Unfortunately, Lacey was not able to sure at least 50% support in the three-way primary race, forcing a November runoff.
According to TheDailyWire, Gascón established himself as one of the nation’s most progressive prosecutors during his eight-year tenure as San Francisco District Attorney, where he also had Soros’ support.
He stepped down from that position almost a year ago before deciding to run to become L.A. County’s top law enforcement official.
Gascón said he had “become increasingly more uneasy seeing the backwardness of the criminal justice system in L.A.” and has promised to reduce the jail population if elected there. He has been endorsed by U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Kamala Harris.
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Soros has been known to donate massive amounts of money in the past to endorse like-minded candidates.
In 2014, he spent more than $20 million to promote prosecutor candidates all across the United States. In 2016, Soros apparently invested $3.8 million to try to sway nine district attorney races.
Politico reported at the time:
“Soros has spent on district attorney campaigns in Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas through a network of state-level super PACs and a national “527” unlimited-money group, each named a variation on “Safety and Justice.”
(Soros has also funded a federal super PAC with the same name.) Each organization received most of its money directly from Soros, according to public state and federal financial records…
“While Soros has spent heavily in 2015 and 2016, a broader national push into local prosecutor campaigns is expected to intensify in the next few years, thanks to longer-term planning and candidate recruitment.”
Apparently, Soros contributions have been less than successful, so it will be interesting to see how the L.A. County race turns out.
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Here is more on the elections George Soro has thrown his money behind.
BROWARD COUNTY, FL – It looks like Soros has his dirty little paws in yet another contentious race.
Broward county prosecutor candidate Joe Kimok has received at least $490,000 in campaign contributions from committees controlled by George Soros.
In an eight way race, Kimok could win with as little as 20% of the vote. To get there, Soros’ money can go a long way.
If he wins, he will be in a position to follow through on his wish list of changes to policies in the prosecutor’s office.
This includes: never seeking the death penalty, no prosecution of most drug and trafficking offenses, no prosecution of prostitution, panhandling, prowling, possession of marijuana or drug paraphernalia, no jail before trial or petty theft from stores, resisting arrest without violence, and more.
Kimok sounds like a proper defense attorney. Putting him in the prosecutor’s office would make trial fixing unnecessary for some well-heeled defendants. They will be prosecuted less often and penalties will be less severe when they are.
If Kimok wins, it won’t be the first time that someone without the heart to actually prosecute criminals was elected to the office. It also won’t be the first time George Soros helped them win the office.
Last July, Soros donated $100,000 to a PAC to support St. Louis prosecutor Kim Gardner.
This is the prosecutor who charged a St. Louis couple with felony counts of “weapons brandishing” after they defended their home against about 300 protesters who had violently broken the wrought iron gate to their street, then trespassed on their property and threatened them.
Gardner declined to prosecute protesters arrested in a separate incident, allowing all of them to go free without penalty.
Soros was even more generous with Chicago area Cook County prosecutor Kim Foxx. He gave $2,000,000 to the Illinois Justice and Public Safety PAC, which then gave the money to Foxx for her re-election campaign.
He also gave $480,000 to her first election campaign in 2016.
Foxx is the infamous prosecutor who inexplicably dropped all charges against Jussie Smollett for his attempted smear of President Trump and his supporters by hoaxing a hate crime against himself.
In 2016, Soros spent more than $3 million to elect prosecutors in six states. In a positive write-up of the liberal donor in Politico, Soros’ contributions are described as an effort to support criminal justice reform and redefining drug policy.
According to Politico, Soros’ philanthropic contributions are probably a good thing because they will reduce injustice in the justice system.
The problem is that leniency on crime is the trademark policy of every Soros-backed candidate. If you think rising crime rates, a demoralized police force, and increased costs due to the depredations of criminals, then sure, it’s a good thing.
If, on the other hand, you would rather not decorate your streets with junkies, do not want strangers pawning your possessions in local shops, and prefer that assaults and murders are kept to a minimum, you might think that electing Soros’ candidates would be a bad thing.
If you fall into that camp, you might also wonder why Soros would consistently back prosecutors who all but guarantee to lower the standard of living in any county that elects them.
Soros’ strategy is clever. In much the same way that speculators made fortunes in the early eighties by investing in silver rather than gold, Soros has figured out that his dollars go farther in prosecutor races than more expensive, higher exposure campaigns like governor and president.
Not that he stays out of those campaigns, but prosecutor campaigns are relatively free of well-financed opponents. The consequence is that the cost of winning those campaigns can be very low by the standards of a billionaire like Soros.
More than that, prosecutors have an out-size influence on local politics. A simple decision not to prosecute, which is within their discretion, can allow hundreds of rioters to go free, as we have seen in cities across the country. It can also result in costly prosecutions of political opponents and their supporters, like the St. Louis couple prosecuted for defending their property.
One might think there are rules against contributions from non-residents, who have no interest in local elections. However, limitations are on dollar amounts, not residency.
All American citizens can vote in presidential elections, but can only vote within their state for state elections, or their county for county elections. Why is it that there are no similar restrictions on campaign contributions?
Soros is changing the face of criminal justice, by bludgeoning it with bags of money. He does this in counties that can’t possibly affect his own standard of living. Instead, he backs prosecutors who ensure looser penalties and fewer prosecutions in counties that will feel the deleterious effects of his “generosity” for years to come.
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