You might wonder why billionaire globalist George Soros would care about a district attorney’s race in Texas, but his involvement reveals his incredible plan to change America’s justice system at the local level.
In recent years, Soros has been backing liberal district attorney candidates in a number of major cities across the United States. In every case, Soros is backing a candidate that has a history of being soft on crime, or even backing unqualified candidates who cannot handle the responsibilities of enforcing the law.
Over the past three years, Soros has spent over $9 million on district attorney races nationwide, the Daily Caller reports. His candidate won in most of the races.
In 2016, Politico reported on Soros’s efforts to buy seven different district attorney races across the country.
The billionaire financier has channeled more than $3 million into seven local district-attorney campaigns in six states over the past year — a sum that exceeds the total spent on the 2016 presidential campaign by all but a handful of rival super-donors.
His money has supported African-American and Hispanic candidates for these powerful local roles, all of whom ran on platforms sharing major goals of Soros’, like reducing racial disparities in sentencing and directing some drug offenders to diversion programs instead of to trial. It is by far the most tangible action in a progressive push to find, prepare and finance criminal justice reform-oriented candidates for jobs that have been held by longtime incumbents and serve as pipelines to the federal courts — and it has inspired fury among opponents angry about the outside influence in local elections.
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, though some groups also got donations from nonprofits like the Civic Participation Action Fund, which gave to the Safety and Justice group in Illinois.
Soros isn’t necessairily targeting Republicans with his chosen candidates. He is even going after other Democrats that take a hard approach to law enforcement and cracking down on lawbreakers.
That may be why Soros is backing a primary challenger to Democratic District Attorney Nicholas LaHood of Bexar County in Texas, who takes a hard line against illegal immigration and sanctuary city policies. Bexar includes San Antonio and is one of the most populous urban areas in Texas.
The Daily Caller reports on his efforts to get a more liberal Democrat in charge of law enforcement in one of Texas’ biggest cities.
Left-wing billionaire George Soros is flooding yet another district attorney’s race with massive out-of-state donations.
Soros has already spent just under $70,000 backing a primary challenge to Bexar County District Attorney Nicholas LaHood, according to campaign finance documents reviewed by The Daily Caller. LaHood is a Democrat but opposes sanctuary cities and said he supports Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s crackdown on cities that defy federal immigration law.
Soros has been boosting LaHood’s challenger, attorney Joe Gonzales, through a political action committee (PAC), Texas Justice & Public Safety. The PAC’s spending included more than $30,000 on mailers attacking LaHood.
One of the mailers attacked LaHood as “bigoted,” “racist” and “Islamophobic” in both English and Spanish. LaHood fought back by displaying the mailer in one of his own campaign ads and accused Soros of trying to purchase his seat.
“We know George Soros is a billionaire who has purchased at least 10 other district attorney’s offices around the country, not to mention other political positions,” LaHood said in the ad, titled, “Your DA’s Office is Not For Sale.”
By investing the kind of money usually reserved for national political races in local DA races, Soros has been able to give his preferred candidates — and thus, his preferred policies — a massive financial advantage.
Soros put $1.45 million behind his preferred candidate in Philadelphia’s district attorney race last year. The candidate, Larry Krasner, sailed to an easy victory before purging dozens of prosecutors in his first few days on the job. Krasner had never worked as an attorney before becoming Philadelphia’s DA.
In another instance, Soros put $100,000 behind a left-wing attorney in Portsmouth, Virginia’s DA race last November. The investment was a smashing success: not only did Soros’s candidate win, but his massive donation remained out of the public eye until after the election was already over.