Dizzying campaign donations from liberal anti-police billionaire George Soros and his groups have helped elect 75 “social justice” prosecutors in cities whose jails have plummeted and crime has risen, according to a new report provided to Secrets.
In a 17-page report compiled by the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, a decade of spending has placed Soros prosecutors in enough major cities to represent 1 in 5 people, or about 72 million. This includes about half of the 50 most populous cities and counties in America where 40% of homicides in the United States occur.
Soros is a well-known supporter of social justice lawsuits, which call for lighter sentences, especially for minorities. The move, however, led to an increase in crime in some cities and was decried by pro-law and order conservatives.
Police led the charge against liberal prosecutors who refused to press charges leading to lengthy prison sentences.
In a statement to Secrets, LELDF President Jason Johnson announced funding for Soros.
“Soros is using this campaign money and hundreds of millions more to help organizations quietly transform the criminal justice system for the worse, promoting dangerous policies and anti-police narratives to advance his radical agenda,” Johnson said.
He added: “Over the past decade, George Soros has spent $40 million electing 75 of his chosen prosecutors. In campaigns from Houston and Los Angeles to Philadelphia and Orlando, Soros has been by far the campaign’s biggest spender – up to 90% of dollars spent on some races Soros isn’t done yet – he’s already spent another million so far this year on his hand-picked district attorneys .
Soros is well known in liberal donor circles as a supporter of the most liberal causes, including groups advocating gun bans and defunding the police. This made him a prime target for law enforcement.
The report found that many new district attorneys had little experience but the backing of liberal donors such as Soros. Additionally, he said that as the social justice movement has grown, political campaign funding for district attorneys has also increased.
“Traditionally, elections for district attorney have been quiet affairs. Candidates spent very little on their campaigns, instead seeking local endorsements and honing their legal credentials for the top job. That changed recently as millions of campaign dollars were poured into these downvoting contests. The bulk of this lavish spending on advertising and consultants was made by (or on behalf of) ‘social justice’ candidates,” the report said.
“In most of these free-spending contests, progressive forces have won by defeating incumbent Democrats or crushing a group of leading contenders. Strikingly, most of these prosecutors were political neophytes and had no prosecutorial experience – previously a supposed prerequisite for the office. Many have no experience in criminal matters,” he added.
The report lists numerous groups that have used Soros funding to elect prosecutors. And it lists the biggest winners of that money, including Chicago’s Kim Foxx, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and Loudoun County, Va. Commonwealth Attorney Buta Biberaj.