America’s financial kingmaker George Soros has been working at reforming the criminal justice system. The Democratic party have been working to elect prosecutors who can reform the criminal justice system the best. The Democratic financial mogul has poured more than $5 million into seven local district-attorney campaigns in six states, more than the total spent on the 2016 presidential campaign by most super-donors.
George Soros has given his money to African-American and Hispanic candidates, all who share the same beliefs with Soros on the issues of criminal justice reform, like putting certain drug offenders into diversion programs instead of facing trial. George Soros’ financial support is by far the most action by Democrats to find and finance criminal justice reform oriented candidates for jobs that have been held by longtime incumbents, and its led to criticism by opponents angry about the outside influence in local elections.
George Soros has funneled most of his money supporting district attorney races in Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas, through several state-level super PAC’s and national unlimited money groups, named “Safety and Justice.” Soros has also financially funded a federal super PAC. All the organizations received their funds directly from George Soros.
Florida’s Safety and Justice group funneled $1.4 million into a state attorney race in Central Florida. The Soros backed group has endorsed former public defender and prosecutor Aramis Ayala, who is facing off against incumbent Jeff Ashton, in a jurisdiction that includes 1.6 million people within two counties in Orlando. George Soros also poured millions into two of the largest jurisdictions in the United States: Houston’s Harris County and Chicago’s Cook County. Soros succeeded in replacing the incumbent in Cook County with Kim Foxx. A Soros-backed New Mexico PAC helped Raul Torrez win his district attorney primary and forcing his Republican opponent to drop out.
Soros is expected to increase spending nationally in the next few years because of improved candidate recruitment and longer-term planning. Soros’ funds have gone to local advertising, leading to opponents criticizing the power of mega donors in local races.
Soros points to the recent uptick in news coverage of racial inequality, especially police-involved deaths of African-Americans, led to an intense new interest in the role of district attorneys, who failed to indict officers in certain high-profile cases. Soros will continue to fund candidates who fight for the minorities as well as criminal justice reform as a whole.