Progressive activist and billionaire George Soros is trying to put his finger on the scale of several district attorney races in California by donating millions of dollars to his preferred candidates.
Soros provided $1.5 million to public defender Genevieve Jones-Wright through a political action committee, in an effort to promote her in her bid to become San Diego’s DA, according to The Los Angeles Times. (RELATED: Soros’ Secretary Of State Project Dealt Huge Blow)
When challenged on her links to Soros, Jones-Wright played it off as a positive and said he was giving a voice to the disenfranchised by donating cash to her campaign.
“I love it!” she said at a recent fundraiser. “If he didn’t take an interest in this campaign, it would be an even more uneven playing field.”
Other billionaires have joined Soros’ cash dump, claiming they want DAs who will crack down on police brutality and reform the incarceration system. The races are meant to be non-partisan but with these latest donations, political battle lines have been drawn.
“New York billionaire George Soros headlines a consortium of private funders, the ACLU and other social justice groups and Democratic activists targeting four of the 56 district attorney positions up for election on June 5,” the article reads.
The candidates have been able to match, or in some cases surpass these donations with contributions from police, prosecutors and local residents, according to The LA Times.
“For decades, the only real question about prosecutor elections was: Are they pernicious or are they just irrelevant?” Stanford Law professor David Sklansky told The LA Times. “For years, the races tended to focus on character issues rather than policies…. So it’s really quite a change.”
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