Leftwing billionaire George Soros just donated $1.5 million to help the nation’s most populous county elect a Black Lives Matter-endorsed prosecutor who promises to lock up fewer criminals. The sizable contribution to former San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon’s campaign for Los Angeles District Attorney is part of a broader effort by Soros to place leftists in local prosecutors’ offices around the country.
The philanthropist has donated generously to these types of candidates throughout California as well as in other states, including Florida, Virginia, Illinois, Texas and New Mexico. Earlier this year, a Soros-linked group called Missouri Justice Public Safety PAC gave St. Louis prosecutor Kimberly Gardner, who criminally charged a couple for defending their home against violent Black Lives Matter protestors, $78,000.
Soros also helped fund Gardner’s 2016 campaign and his reelection support has not wavered even though she was investigated for abusing her power to pursue a bogus criminal case against a political nemesis and fined for campaign finance violations.
Now Soros, who has long funded international and domestic movements to advance the left’s radical agenda, is pouring money into the L.A. County race to remove its first black district attorney, Jackie Lacey, who is seeking a third term.
Judicial Watch has launched an investigation and this week filed a California Public Records Act (CPRA) request for Gascon’s records, communications, and expenditures with various Political Action Committees behind his controversial move from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
According to a conservative news report, social justice advocacy groups, including Black Lives Matter, recruited Gascon to come to L.A. and he met with the co-founder and key strategist of the Black Lives Matter global network, Patrisse Cullors, about the move south. The same media outlet reported the recent $1.5 million Soros donation to Gascon this week.
Besides promising to imprison fewer criminals than L.A. County’s current prosecutor, here is why leftists want him in charge; Gascon helped craft two state measures, Proposition 47 and Proposition 57, that benefit hardcore criminals under the auspice of “criminal justice reform.”
Proposition 47 decriminalizes drug and theft offenses by reducing them from felonies to misdemeanors. Proposition 57 grants serious criminals such as rapists, human traffickers, child molesters and drive-by-shooters early release from prison.
Gascon’s campaign is a perfect example of outside special interests controlling traditionally non-partisan races, according to the Association of Deputy District Attorneys (ADDA), the professional group of deputy prosecutors in L.A. County.
“Special interest groups, funded by George Soros, pumped millions of dollars into district attorney races across the county,” the group’s president writes on its website. “Their mission was to use Soros’s wealth to radically reshape the criminal justice system.”