The Soros District Attorney-Buying Binge
An investment from the subversive billionaire can cripple local law enforcement for years.
Left-wing currency manipulator George Soros’s push to radically reshape the judiciary and elect extremist district attorneys across the country to weaken law enforcement and protect lawless sanctuary cities is bearing fruit.
Soros has been pouring money into local elections because he supports local efforts to resist U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and wants to cripple police in order to advance the neo-Marxist abstraction known as social justice that simplistically breaks the world down into race, class, and sex or gender. Radicals claim that American laws and institutions are inherently corrupt and that these systems protect, for example, wealthy, white, native-born, non-disabled males at the expense of everyone else.
Soros wants prosecutors to empty prisons and coddle the prisoners who remain, scale back drug prosecutions, lower bail, and eliminate alleged racial disparities in sentencing, among other things.
Getting people who share Soros’s worldview into public office at every level is key to promoting his ugly vision of how America, which he calls “the main obstacle to a stable and just world order,” should look.
Soros’s backing helped elect radical leftist Lawrence (Larry) Krasner (D) as Philadelphia DA this month. Krasner, who quipped that his track record as a civil rights lawyer made him “completely unelectable,” somehow managed to best seven other candidates in the primary election.
“Krasner, who has represented Occupy Philadelphia and Black Lives Matter, and has sued the police department more than 75 times, had a major fundraising advantage that was provided almost exclusively by Soros,” the indispensable Joe Schoffstall reported at the Washington Free Beacon.
On the campaign trail, Krasner promised never to seek the death penalty in any criminal case and to keep Philadelphia a lawless sanctuary city. A segment of his platform titled “Resist the Trump Administration” spelled out his plan to “protect immigrants,” “reject the drug war,” and “stand up to police misconduct.”
“As District Attorney, he will work to maintain Philadelphia as a ‘sanctuary city’ and protect the Fourth Amendment rights of all residents, cooperating with federal authorities only to the degree required by law,” according to his campaign website.
“Because legal proceedings can affect the status of immigrants and therefore relations between communities and law enforcement, Larry will take those effects into account when making prosecutorial decisions and setting prosecutorial policy. He will oppose renewal of ICE’s access to the PARS database, a city police database used by ICE to identify ‘deportable’ immigrants.”
In April, Soros gave $1.45 million to the Philadelphia Justice and Public Safety PAC, which was created to support Krasner and listed its address as the Democrat law firm Perkins Coie in the nation’s capital. Soros threw another $214,000 the super PAC’s way in May, bringing his pro-Krasner donations to $1.7 million, “an unusual[ly] high [amount] for the average district attorney race.” It was also the first time a PAC had ever backed a candidate for Philly DA.
The Republican candidate that the William Kunstler wannabe ultimately crushed by a 3-to-1 margin, prosecutor Beth Grossman, spoke in August of her concern that a Krasner win would make the City of Brotherly Love a murder-plagued war zone.
“I have concerns, if he gets elected, my opponent, I don’t want us to turn into a Baltimore,” Grossman said. “I don’t want us to turn into a Chicago.”
Grossman lamented that Soros “knows nothing” about public safety issues in Philadelphia yet he was hurling bushels of cash at her “far-left” opponent.
What really disturbs me is I feel like he’s an outside individual who knows nothing about Philadelphia and its specific public safety issues or whatever public safety crisis it’s facing comes in with his agenda and backs a far-left candidate who has never prosecuted a criminal case in his 30 year career as a criminal defense attorney.
“Everyone is entitled to the best defense that they can get,” she said, “but this individual, my opponent, has also sued the Philadelphia police department in the city over 75 times and he dislikes law enforcement.”
A district attorney’s office should “enforce the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania justly and fairly, and to protect the constitutional rights of everybody: victims, witnesses, as well as those accused of crime,” not conduct a “grand social experiment,” as Soros wants to do in Philadelphia, she said.
The Soros modus operandi is the same in almost every locality, Schoffstall observes. “The financier will establish political action committees, pour money into local races, then turn around and shut them down once the election is over.”
Last year Soros bankrolled the Texas Safety and Justice PAC and threw his support behind Morris Overstreet in the Democrat primary for district attorney in Harris County, Texas, which includes Houston.
When Overstreet, a former judge who was the first black elected to statewide office in Texas since Reconstruction, lost to Kim Ogg, a white woman, Soros put his money on Ogg. Soros associates developed her television ads, and with $878,000 from Soros’s custom-made PAC, she took out the GOP office-holder, Devon Anderson, in the general election.
As a Daily Signal article almost a year ago stated:
On Jan. 1, Ogg will begin to try fulfilling the vision she ran on, promising a “significant culture change” defined by taking a more lenient approach to marijuana possession cases, focusing tax dollars on punishing violent criminals, and making it easier for defendants to get out of jail on bond in a county where 70 percent of inmates cannot afford to free themselves before trial.
According to a Daily Signal analysis, in the 2016 election cycle Soros shelled out almost $11 million in 12 DA races. Democrat candidates backed by Soros ended up winning in 10 of those dozen contests. Soros has also funded district attorney candidates in Florida, Illinois, Mississippi, Louisiana, and New Mexico.
Soros’s plans for sweeping local district attorney races in 2018 was discussed last Friday at the four-day meeting of the super-rich leftists of the Democracy Alliance at upscale La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, Calif.
The Democracy Alliance, which Soros co-founded, is a donors’ collaborative whose members secretly fund left-wing political infrastructure projects, such as think tanks, leadership institutes, and activist groups.
Democracy Alliance president Gara LaMarche, a former Soros lieutenant, wrote in a letter to conference attendees that President Trump’s victory a year ago was “the most cataclysmic election of modern history.”
There was a 55-minute “Talk with George Soros” listed on the official schedule obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, as well as an hour-long discussion titled, “Prosecutor Races – Winning Big in 2018?”
The entry for the hour-long panel reads:
Progressive prosecutors are winning – from Florida to Pennsylvania, Texas to Illinois. Bold reform candidates have been propelled by movement players and driven record voter turnout of African-Americans, Latinos, and Millennials - and shifting the political narrative. This caucus will share an early peek at more than 30 hot races, many overlaying other key 2018 battlegrounds! Special guests will explore deeper learnings, hard questions, and how to take the movement to the next level: People’s Action Director of Strategic Initiatives Daniel Espinosa, 215 People’s Alliance Co-Founder Bryan Mercer, Color Of Change Executive Director Rashad Robinson and Texas Organizing Project Deputy Director Brianna Brown.
DA Partner Chloe Cockburn will moderate.
Texas Organizing Project, by the way, is the successor group to the Texas branch of the criminally corrupt Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), which filed for bankruptcy in 2010.
What exactly was said at the “Winning Big” gabfest has not been reported.
Democracy Alliance members received sad news Nov. 15, the opening day of the organization’s semi-annual investment conference. They learned that Democracy Alliance member and Soros ally Steve Mostyn, 46, a big-spending Texas trial lawyer, had died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds.
Mostyn and his wife Amber gave millions of dollars to pro-Obama and pro-Hillary Clinton super PACs. Mostyn was a major contributor to groups promoting gun control, abortion, turning Texas Democrat blue, and opposing tort reform.
With Soros, no victories are ever enough to satisfy him.
The Left already dominates large swaths of the courts and the legal profession, but that’s not good enough for Soros. He funds efforts to encourage states to fill their respective supreme courts with judges recommended by invariably left-wing lawyer-driven commissions, as John Gizzi wrote for Capital Research Center (my employer) in 2010.
State courts are powerful and influential. According to the American Justice Partnership, “Approximately 95 percent of civil disputes in America wind up in state courts, giving the judges who hear these cases enormous power over our lives, property, and business affairs.”
State courts led the way in institutionalizing same-sex marriage, ordering jurisdictions to allow it long before the U.S. Supreme Court had the final word with its 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that compelled all 50 states to recognize a fundamental, constitutional right to same-sex marriage.
In recent weeks 87-year-old Soros saturation-bombed his Open Society Foundations philanthropy with an $18 billion donation, likely guaranteeing OSF will remain one of the most important players in left-wing activism for decades to come. According to the New York Times, this is “one of the largest transfers of wealth ever made by a private donor to a single foundation.”
Even after forking over that huge donation, Soros is still worth $8 billion, according to Forbes, and he is bound to make billions more before he shuffles off this mortal coil.
And then George Soros’s five adult children, Robert (54), Andrea (52), Jonathan (47), Alexander (32), and Gregory (30), whose political views don’t appear to be much different from his own, will be free to continue funding radical causes with their father’s money.