by Daveda Gruber:
George Soros has the cash and he’s spending it. The New York billionaire is leading a campaign to reshape the nation’s criminal justice system.
Soros is targeting four of the fifty-six district attorney positions in California that are up for grabs June 5.
With other wealthy liberal donors, Soros is pouring in millions of dollars offering support to would-be prosecutors who favor lower incarceration rates, concentrated efforts on police misconduct and changes in a bail system that they argue discriminates against the poor. Liberal groups are offering support.
Former Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley said, “These people who want to create their own social policy are not worthy of the office. If they win in San Diego or Sacramento, L.A. is next.”
A deputy public defender in San Diego County, is being financially backed after fighting to keep the accused out of jail. In both Sacramento and Alameda counties, candidates are challenging the incumbents. In Contra Costa County, a district attorney earned the support of a conglomerate of wealthy donors and liberal groups.
Also getting some smaller donations from liberal donors, are five more candidates in Marin, Riverside, San Bernardino, Stanislaus and Yolo counties.
Running in Sacramento County is Noah Phillips who attacked his opponent, who happens to be his boss. Phillips’ boss never charged a police officer who shot a civilian. He admitted that Soros’ team scripted and paid for his ad on television. Fundraising got a boost from Cari Tuna, senior adviser to Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.
This is the NWO going out in force with Soros at the helm. He apparently spent over $1.5 million on a political action committee for the San Diego County candidacy Geneviéve Jones-Wright.
Jones-Wright attacked policies “criminalizing poverty” and pledged to form a police misconduct unity.
This week Soros spent nearly $3 million on races for district attorney positions.
The big cash spending and support for liberal groups are crucial for contenders as most elections are limited by the $800 individual contribution limit.
Federal laws allow nonprofit advocacy groups to hide the source of their funding and are required to provide only a summary of their spending.
Most campaigns are struggling for cash and relying on unpaid volunteers.
Career prosecutor Summer Stephan, who is Jones-Wright’s opponent, has not yet matched the money donors spent against her campaign. The $1.1 million support came mostly from police unions and other prosecutors.
Stephan criticized Soros’ backing for her opponent. She declared it a public safety threat.
Jones-Wright dismissed this; saying the funding gives voice to minorities and poor people who are left behind in prosecutor races. At a recent fundraiser she said, “I love it! If he didn’t take an interest in this campaign, it would be an even more uneven playing field.”
District Attorney Nancy O’Malley from Alameda County is up for re-election. She was surprised to see herself on Soros’ target list. She’s a registered Democrat and earned endorsements from U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and other organized labor and Democratic groups.
O’Malley is being attacked by the left by Soros PAC accusing her of implementing “racist” stop-and-frisk policies. Her opponent is civil rights lawyer Pamela Price.
Price promises to end these policies and criticized O’Malley for being supported by law enforcement groups.
Appointed district attorney Diana Becton, in Contra Costa County, has the liberals behind her.
Becton was appointed when her predecessor was forced to resign amid a political corruption scandal.
Soros seems to be putting a price on Contra Costa’s public safety.
This is how the swamp keeps getting more murky. Money talks and Soros has a lot of cash to spend.