by Daveda Gruber:
George Soros has spent a lot of money in California. He has been trying to reshape California’s criminal justice system. His multi million-dollar plan towards progressive district attorney candidates has been thwarted by voters.
The New York billionaire, with the help of other wealthy liberal donors and groups, have spent millions on would-be prosecutors. They have invested in trying to elect prosecutors who favor lower incarceration rates, crackdowns on police misconduct and changes in a bail system that they argue discriminates against the poor.
The plan backfired as most of his candidates suffered major defeats.
Soros, together with other wealthy liberal donors and groups, spent millions on would-be prosecutors who favor lower incarceration rates, crackdowns on police misconduct and changes in a bail system that they argue discriminates against the poor.
District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert defeated Noah Phillips by a nearly 2-to-1 margin, in Sacramento County. She got 65 percent of the vote. Phillips led an insurgent campaign, attacking Schubert for failing to prosecute a police officer who shot a civilian.
Phillips received around $400,000 from Soros and admitted Soros’ team scripted and paid for a TV ad during the campaign. His fundraising efforts received help from Cari Tuna who is the wife of Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz.
Moskovitz contributed more than $650,000 to a political action committee led by Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King.
Schubert said to a crowd of about 100 supporters after she won the election, “This is a good day for the people. You can’t buy an election in the county of Sacramento. Here’s to four more years.”
Also on Tuesday, the favored by Soros candidate in San Diego County, Geneviéve Jones-Wright, suffered a major defeat. She got only 36 percent of the vote. Her opponent, District Attorney Summer Stephan, received more than 60 percent.
Soros spent more than $1.5 million in the race. He funneled the money to a political action committee that tried to get Jones-Wright’s elected. She had pledged to form a police-misconduct unit and supported progressive reform of the criminal justice system.
Stephan fought back against the influence of outside money in the race by declaring Soros’ backing a public safety threat.
Jones-Wright insisted the money gave a voice to minorities and poor people.
District Attorney Nancy O’Malley fought off a challenge from Pamela Price in Alameda County, in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received more than 60 percent of the vote.
A registered Democrat, O’Malley said she was surprised the outside donors were not on her team. She was endorsed by U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. who is for organized labor and other Democratic groups.
The Soros PAC accused O’Malley of implementing “racist” stop-and-frisk policies during the campaign. Price criticized her for being cozy with law enforcement groups.
On Tuesday, In Contra Costa County, in the Bay Area, there was one victory for the wealthy liberals. Progressive DA candidate Diana Becton received a majority of the votes. That was not quite enough to secure a victory.
She will run against Senior Deputy District Attorney Paul Graves.
Graves came in second. There will be a run-off election. Graves criticized the influence of wealthy outsiders. She described them as “billionaires who apparently think Contra Costa’s public safety is for sale.”
In other counties where wealthy donors spent money, on a considerably smaller scale, most progressives candidates were defeated.
To list a few: Yolo County, Riverside County, and San Bernardino County.
The one exception was in San Bernardino County. There, reform-minded defense attorney, Jason Anderson won against four-term DA Michael Ramos.
Maybe California is changing? It is time for them to wake up and see the reality of a state that is plundered by the Democrats.