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Liberal Efforts to Elect Prosecutors, led by George Soros, Pay Off after Years of Effort

A concerted effort by left-wing groups to elect District Attorneys and other local prosecutors in line with their views on justice is beginning to pay off in the unrest after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis earlier this year reported Fox News.  Various liberal groups and Hungarian billionaire George Soros spent years funneling millions of dollars into local races across the United States to elect their preferred candidates.

A prime example of the influence of these liberal prosecutors was Soros-backed St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, who brought charges against Mark and Patricia McCloskey.  The couple stood on their property with firearms as protesters marched past their house last month.  The McCloskeys claimed that they were threatened by some of the demonstrators, whom they accuse of damaging an iron gate at the head of the private street.

Numerous other Soros-backed prosecutors made news in high-profile cases recently.  Cook County, IL. State’s Attorney Kim Foxx controversially dismissed a case against Empire actor Jussie Smollett over Smollett’s fabrication of a hate-crime against him.  A special prosecutor has since filed new charges against the actor.

Contra Costa County, CA District Attorney Diana Becton announced that she would be filing hate crime charges against Nichole Anderson and David Nelson.  Anderson and Nelson’s offense was allegedly painting over a Black Lives Matter mural.

Multnomah County, OR District Attorney Mike Schmidt, whose jurisdiction contains the city of Portland, has indicated that his office would be open to dropping charges against nonviolent demonstrators when he assumes office on August 1.  Portland has been a focal point of violence resulting from Floyd-related protests.

The Los Angeles Times reported on the Soros-backed campaign to elect local prosecutors two years ago.  At that point the effort was already ongoing for years.  The ultimate goal is to reshape the nation’s justice system with goals of reducing incarceration and changing the current bail system which liberal activists say targets poor people disproportionately.

In 2014 the coalition of liberal groups successful secured the passage of Proposition 47 in California.  Proposition 47 reduced drug use and property theft under $950 to misdemeanors instead of their previous status as felonies.  

Soros and other liberal entities, such as the Real Justice PAC co-founded by activist Shaun King, continue to pump money into local prosecutorial races around the country.  In Travis County, TX, Delia Garza won the Democratic primary for District Attorney this year and is unopposed in the November general election.  She was backed by the Real Justice PAC.  She has said that her office will not be prosecuting certain cases.  “We’re not going to prosecute low-level drug offenses. We’re not going to prosecute crimes that are an extension of someone being in poverty, basically,” Garza said. “You know, we’re going to look at the way that we prosecute crimes like prostitution, because so many times those things, those kinds of crimes are related to poverty in some kind of way.” 

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