Doug Jones Pushed Felon Voting ‘Rights’ with Soros-Funded Org


by Aaron Klein, Breitbart:

(New York, NY) Doug Jones, the Democratic candidate for December’s Senate special election in Alabama, took a leading role in an effort by a far-left legal group massively funded by billionaire George Soros to grant full voting rights nationwide to felons released from prison, including those convicted of murder, rape, and other violent crimes.

Besides his direct role advocating for the votes-for-criminals scheme, Jones is also listed by the Soros-funded organization as a “supporter” of the voting drive for felons alongside a grouping of radical Soros-financed organizations.  Jones is himself tied to some of those other Soros-funded groups.

In December 2011, Jones was one of fifteen signatories on a letter sent to Congress from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School calling for the restoration of “federal voting rights to the nearly four million Americans living, working and paying taxes in our communities who have been disenfranchised because of a criminal conviction in their past.”

The Brennan Center has been the recipient of numerous grants from Soros’s Open Society Foundations totaling over $7,466,000 from 2000 to 2010 alone.

Brennan’s letter, signed by Jones, was in support of the Democracy Restoration Act, which was introduced in 2011 by Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD).

Conyers has a long history of association with the Democratic Socialists of America, or DSA, attending and speaking at numerous DSA events.  He is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which was originally so closely linked to the DSA that until 1999 the Caucus’s official webpage was reportedly hosted on the DSA’s own website.

Currently, voting laws for convicted felons differ state by state.  Nineteen states restore voting rights only upon completion of the sentence, meaning prison, parole, and probation. Seven states permanently bar voting for people with criminal convictions unless the federal government approves restoration, while three states permanently ban convicted felons unless the government approves individual restoration.

The issue is a hot button topic in Jones’s own state. Last May, Alabama’s Gov. Kay Ivey signed a law that defined a clause in the State constitution denying the right to vote to anyone who has committed a crime that demonstrates “moral turpitude.”  The new law generated a list of about 50 crimes that fit under the “moral turpitude” banner, including murder, kidnapping, and sexual abuse.

Yet progressive activists and groups such as Think Progress, a project of the Soros-funded Center for American Progress, have taken issue with Alabama’s reported refusal to actively notify potentially tens of thousands of former felons that they regained their voting rights. A federal judge in July sided with Alabama, affirming that the state does not need to make such notifications.

For decades, Jones has been a champion of voting right for all criminals, including the most violent offenders, putting him at the radical end of the spectrum on the issue.

Back in 2005, he wrote an amici curiae (“friend of the court”) brief on the matter with Eric Holder, who would go on to become Attorney General under the Obama administration. Jones’s 2005 brief, which was written for a Supreme Court case involving the state of Florida for voting for criminals, is featured on Brennan’s website.

The 2011 Brennan Center letter to Congress signed by Jones calls for a blanket restoration of voting privileges to all criminals upon release from prison and return to their communities.  The missive states, “People who commit crimes must and will serve all terms of their sentence. But once the criminal justice system has determined that they are ready to return to the community, they should receive both the rights and responsibilities that come with the status of being a citizen. Restoring the right to vote is simply good law enforcement policy.”

Jones listed with Who’s Who of Soros-funded radical left

Besides the letter, Jones is currently listed on the Democracy Restoration Act (DRA) information page of the Brennan Center’s website as among the “Groups and Individuals who support the DRA.”

Jones is listed there alongside scores of far-left activist groups funded by Soros, some of which also have ties to Jones. Those Soros-funded groups include the Alliance for Justice, the American Civil Liberties Union (the recipient of a $50 million Soros grant), Black Youth Vote!, the NAACP and scores of others.

Also listed with Jones is the Campaign for America’s Future (CAF), a Soros-funded radical think tank that partnered with the Occupy movement to organize anti-capitalist protests.

CAF co-founder Robert Borosage previously served as director of the Marxist-oriented Institute for Policy Studies, which is known for espousing pro-Soviet views during the Cold War.

Borosage also helped found the controversial Apollo Alliance, a project of the Soros-funded Tides Foundation. Apollo, which changed its name to the Blue Green Alliance following negative publicity about its far-left politics, was endorsed by the controversial former group known as ACORN, or the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, a group whose pet project is currently being pushed by Jones.

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