Far-left “dark money” organization donated millions to bail funds putting violent criminals back on the streets last year


The Daily Caller is reporting the Tides Center, an affiliate of the Tides Foundation, a far-left Democratic dark money group donated somewhere in the neighborhood of $6 million into bail funds last year, including some which “have a history of helping allegedly violent criminals back onto the street,” according to tax records obtained by the outlet.

The Tides Foundation is one of a number of such far-left organizations funded by George Soros’s Open Society Foundations. For those unfamiliar, Soros has been a longtime supporter of no bail, anti-police, pro-criminal organizations.

According to the report, the Tides Center helped fund the Minnesota Freedom Fund, which was responsible for posting bail where a man was accused of a sexual assault involving an eight-year-old girl in July 2020, as well as the Massachusetts bail fund, whose claim to fame is posting bail for a woman who stuffed her newborn baby in a garbage can in Boston last February, according to the Boston Globe.

Filings by the Tides Center on it’s Form 990 from last year shows it provided a total of nearly $6 million to a group of 23 bail funds in 2020, a significant increase of thirty times it’s donations to such bail funds in 2019, a total of only $216,000, according to filings from that year, the Daily Caller reports.  

Last year, bail funds saw a resurgence in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, caused by a number of factors including positional asphyxia, a drug overdose on fentanyl and meth, and other comorbidities. Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder charges in his death, a conviction which is currently under appeal.

The Tides Center, one of the five Tides charitable funds found under the Tides Foundation umbrella, the total of which amounted to some $1.4 billion raised from primarily anonymous donors in 2020, according to financial statements, all of which was directed toward left-wing causes.

Bail funds, however, are a priority of the Tides Center. After Floyd’s death last year, the Minnesota Freedom Fund raised some $40 million in 2020, helped in no small part by politicians such as Harris, who tweeted support for the organization and asked people to “chip in now” “to help post bail for those protesting on the ground in Minnesota.”

Apparently including those who were burning down the police precinct in Minneapolis, as well as the aforementioned sexual assault suspect.

In a July 17, 2020, Facebook post, Tides encouraged people to “end the two tiered bail system,” encouraging people to donate in order to “achiev[ing] this crucial goal.”


In the case of the Minnesota Freedom Fund, there appeared to be little concern for the seriousness of the crimes for which it would provide bail money.

Aside from the above sexual assault suspect, the Daily Caller News Foundation reported the bail fund assisted a man who burglarized the home of an elderly woman, assaulting her in the process, court records showed. The Daily Caller also reported that the fund helped bail out six men accused in domestic violence incidents between June and August 2020.  

Finally, the Daily Caller also reported on an incident where a man was charged with murder after a road rage incident where he shot and killed a man, which occurred only weeks after the Fund helped secure his release from jail in an unrelated case for domestic assault.

In response to the incident, the Minnesota Freedom Fund wrote a since-deleted tweet acknowledging the incident, yet attempted to justify their decision, writing in part:

“MFF believes that every individual who has been arrested by the law enforcement is innocent until proven guilty, and if a judge deems them eligible for bail, they should not have to wait in jail simply because they don’t have the same income or access to resources as others.”

Tides also provided money to the Louisville Community Bail Fund (LCBF), according to WAVE-3 News, a total amounting to $737,000 which assisted in posting bail for a number of people in 2020, some of whom were charged in violent crimes such as rape, domestic violence and murder.

In one case, the family of a man who was shot and killed who the LCBF bailed out were livid when the suspect was released, ostensibly due to the pandemic.

In another case, a victim of an alleged perpetrator told the news station she was “terrified” after her attacker was bailed out by the fund. In that case, the suspect, Austen Bush was accused of raping and beating the victim “so severely, that she spent days in the hospital with a lacerated liver, among other injuries.”

Bush was released with assistance of the LCBF despite having a history of parole violations. The victim told the outlet Bush had sent her a threatening letter and text messages, threatening to “put a bullet in her” and her fiancée if she called the police. B

ush, by the way is also a registered sex offender, however that apparently didn’t matter to the LCBF.

Due to the fact Tides and their various organizations are registered as non-profit 501(c)(3) groups, they are not legally required to publicly disclose who their donors are, the Daily Caller noted.

However Soros, along with another billionaire oligarch, Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay. are known donors to the group, as reported by Influence Watch.

Tides Founder Drummond Pike said in 2004 that “Anonymity is very important to most of the people we work with.” Clearly. Daily Caller said they reached out to Tides for comment, however they did not return that request.

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The Minnesota Freedom Fund currently works to pay the bails for people who are arrested in the state of Minnesota, regardless of why they are in jail.  They believe that this service is helping the communities in the state by paying “bail and immigration bonds for those who cannot otherwise afford” to do so. 

Some of these criminals that the foundation has paid the bond for have gone on to commit further, violent crimes that would never have happened if they remained in jail. 

Now, sports apparel giant Adidas, for some unknown reason, is proud that they are contributing financially to that goal.

Adidas announced on Twitter Sept. 29 that they were working to affect what they termed as “meaningful and lasting change” on cases of racial justice issues.  The way that they were combating the so-called issue was to match any donations made by their employees and enhance that donation by 200%.  The company said:

“We are matching employee donations by 200% through DEED, our online donation platform, to support nonprofit organizations driving racial justice and human rights for underrepresented communities. 

This currently benefits the NAACP, the National Urban League, Campaign Zero, ACLU, The Innocence Project, Transgender Law Center, and the Minnesota Freedom Fund.”

While it is clear that Adidas has liberal leanings, perhaps the worst of them is their contribution to the Minnesota Freedom Fund.  The reason, well, let’s get it straight from their website and their list of goals:

“Maximize the number of people we can release from cages through the payment of criminal and immigration bonds.

“Grow to support decarceration effort within the state of Minnesota.

“Deepen interventions that prevent pre-trial jailing by building participatory defense practices.

“Abolish cash bail in Minnesota.

“Advocate for wide-scale decarceration.

“Move for the end of detention based on immigration status, race/ethnicity, and class.

“Support organizations that transition resources and power to black, indigenous and communities of color, as well as the others directly harmed by cash bail and the justice system.

“Stand with national organizers and advocates for criminal and immigration justice change in Minnesota and across the country.”


If you are one of the people who think that the goals stated are not a bad idea, let us take a look at some of the cases that this group has proudly helped by paying the alleged criminal’s bail because they were, in the Minnesota Freedom Fund’s belief, oppressed.  For instance, there’s the man who allegedly sexually battered an eight-year-old child in July. 

Then, there are the six different men who had been jailed over domestic violence charges from July through August of this year.  Five of those men had previous convictions for domestic violence; one has to wonder how the victims felt about their being released.

How about Lionel Timms, who was arrested on July 11 for third-degree felony assault.  The Freedom Fund decided that Timms was unduly oppressed because he was black and decided to bond him out.  After all, the legal system is designed to pick on minorities; he must have really been innocent, right?

He could have been, but then how do you explain his arrest for an almost identical crime on August 14?  This time, witnesses allege they saw Timms kick the victim, while he was on the ground, so badly that he suffered a fractured skull and a brain bleed. 

Had Timms stayed in jail, where he undoubtedly belonged pending his court date, the victim in this case would not have almost died from the beating.

Adidas is not the only big name to give donations to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, celebrities also took part.  People like Seth Rogen, Steve Carrell, Josh Safdie, Don Cheadle, Ben Schwartz and others proudly donated.  And then, there are the political leaders that have taken part as well.

Of note, current Democratic Vice-Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris promoted the Fund on her Twitter account.  Although there is no record or indication that she herself donated, she at minimum appears to support it.  In addition, Reuters reports that at least 13 staffers working for Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden have donated to the Fund.

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If you like that one, read the rest of the Timm’s article below:

Minneapolis man bailed out by Minnesota Freedom Fund arrested less than a month later for another beating

MINNEAPOLIS, MN –A man who had been recently bailed out of jail in Minneapolis, MN by the Minnesota Freedom Fund is in custody again, this time for beating a victim so badly that he caused a traumatic brain injury. 

Lionel Timms was bailed out by the fund after his arrest on July 11 in which he was charged with third-degree felony assault.

Timms, 32, was recently arrested for the second time in roughly a month. This time it was for third-degree assault, which is a felony. 

The beating occurred on Aug. 14 in the 300 block of Hennepin Avenue East.  The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office report that witnesses in the area saw Timms allegedly kick a person who was on the ground. 

It is believed that the kick was significant enough to cause a traumatic brain injury.

The victim, who has not been identified, was taken to Hennepin Healthcare.  The statement advised that the victim has a fractured skull and a brain bleed and will require stitches for the lacerations from the kick. 

An updated status on the victim has not been made available.

As for the group that bonded Timms out from an earlier offense in July, the Minnesota Freedom Fund released a statement on Aug. 25 that read in part:

“The Minnesota Freedom Fund is deeply saddened and troubled by the recent arrest of Lionel Timms in connection to the recent assault of a popular and well-respected member of our community…

“The Minnesota Freedom fund received a request from Mr. Timm’s attorney for a bail on July 27th, two weeks after he was first detained.  We paid his bail after working to first ensure that Mr. Timms would be provided with housing and other necessary support as Mr. Timms requested. 

“We operate within the confines of a criminal justice system that is often unjust and unfair, overwhelmingly to Black, brown and Native peoples…

“In this case, the criminal justice system failed, and we didn’t do enough to mitigate that damage by ensuring that Mr. Timms had the support he needed to safely come back to the community.”

The Minnesota Freedom Fund clearly wants to blame Timms’ criminal actions on a lack of support, instead of what could clearly be the case, that he is simply a criminal. 

Saying that Timms did not have enough support to get out of jail and act like a human being is insane. 

People get arrested all the time and can behave themselves if they want to badly enough, and do not get rearrested for an almost IDENTICAL crime not even a month after being released.

Placing the blame on outside factors as opposed to people takes away from the responsibility factor.  What they are basically saying here, ‘Timms is not at fault for beating two men up, leaving one with a significant injury.’ 

Rather, the possibility that he may not have had a good enough home, or the food he wanted, etc., is the reason these two people were beaten.  That is worse than blaming the spoon for someone becoming overweight due to overeating. 

But groups who claim that the criminal justice system is “unjust and unfair, overwhelmingly to Black, brown and Native people” clearly do not take into account what those people had been arrested for that placed them in that circumstance to begin with. 

It is interesting that these liberal groups are quick to point out the number of minorities that are in jail, however, rarely is any information released as to why they are there in the first place. 

This is most likely because if they did release that information, people would no longer look at the demographic breakdown of jail populations and perhaps begin to question the reason why these people are in jail in the first place. 

At least for now, Timms is in custody for his latest assault case and has a court appearance scheduled for Sept. 15.  It is unknown if the Minnesota Freedom Fund will bond him out a second time.

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