Liberal mega donor George Soros fights for reform

George Soros is the Democrats strongest financial donors. Soros is so good that his donating spurs other liberals to donate. Soros has been spending millions on his push for criminal justice and immigration reform. George Soros donated $2 million to the PAC, Maricopa Strong, which is working to defeat Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona.

George Soros has spent millions in the last two years, fighting to defeat seven local district attorney campaigns in six states. The total spent is more than the total spent on the 2016 campaign by a majority of rival donors. George Soros’ money has supported African-American and Hispanic candidates for these local positions, all who ran on platforms similar to what are Soros’ platforms. Both Soros and the candidates are working to reduce racial disparities in sentencing and working to get some drug offenders into programs instead of trial.

This is the strongest push for criminal justice reform-oriented candidates for offices held by longtime incumbents and serve as conduits to the federal courts. This involvement by George Soros’ and his financial supporters have created a firestorm among opponents angry about the outside influence. Soros has spent donations on district attorney races in Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas, with the help of several state-level super PACs. Each group tends to get most of its funds directly from George Soros.

A local Florida PAC “The Florida Safety and Justice Group” just funneled nearly $1.4 million into a local race in Central Florida, only days before election day. The Soros funded group is backing former prosecutor Aramis Ayala, who would be held accountable by more than 1.6 million people in two counties around the Orlando area.

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Florida Safety and Justice released a TV spot, highlighting Ayala’s work to ensure defendants charged with the same crime receive the same treatment, no matter what their race or background is. The spot also attacks Ayala’s opponent Jeff Ashton, claiming he got rid of protections that ensured equal treatment.

George Soros led operatives and activists say that the recent increase in news coverage of racial justice issues, especially police shootings of African Americans, sparked new interest in the role of district attorneys, who refused to indict officers in certain high profile cases.

Liberal mega-donors have given to policy focused nonprofits including George Soros’ own Open Societies Foundation, which focuses on drug policy and criminal justice reform. Following the races in Louisiana and Mississippi, Soros poured millions into the country’s two biggest jurisdictions Harris County in Houston and Chicago’s Cook County.

Soros has been succeeding in getting his favored candidates elected to the role of attorney general. Last Spring, Soros spent $107,000 helping Raul Torrez win his district attorney primary and later outspent his Republican opponent, forcing him to drop out of the race.

Soros is expected to spend even more in the next few years, thanks in part to candidate recruitment. Local Ohio liberals have launched a Safety and Justice group but is remaining silent on how much money they have raised.

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