by Jeffrey Cawood, Daily Wire:
A campaign report reveals philanthropist George Soros is funding efforts to replace Los Angeles County’s district attorney with a more progressive alternative in November. The New York billionaire recently made a $1.5 million contribution to a political action committee backing the reform-minded challenger, according to the Friday filing. Soros previously bankrolled the same PAC during the 2018 election cycle when it had targeted several other prosecutor races in California.
Prominent organizers and national donors who favor sweeping criminal justice reforms are involved with the L.A. County contest. The election will determine the direction of the largest prosecutor’s office in the United States. With more than ten million residents, L.A. is the nation’s most populous county. It is also home to America’s biggest jail system.
George Soros $$$ news: the megadonor drops $1.5 million to back LA district attorney challenger @GeorgeGascon, as a Soros-linked PAC drops $500,000 worth of TV ads for Gascon
Gettin’ hot in here
— Jeremy B. White (@JeremyBWhite) September 25, 2020
The two-term incumbent is Democrat Jackie Lacey, L.A. County’s first black district attorney, who has the support of law enforcement unions and many politicians that make up the local political establishment. However, some elected officials, like U.S. Reps. Adam Schiff and Ted Lieu, withdrew their endorsements after nationwide calls for systemic change recently intensified.
According to an independent expenditure report, the California Justice and Public Safety PAC received Soros’ massive donation on Thursday, September 24. The document also indicated the committee spent more than $930,000 on television and digital advertisements supporting Lacey’s opponent, Democrat George Gascón.
The fiscal surge in the L.A. D.A.’s race continues. $2.5 million into the George Soros backed PAC this week that supports George Gascon, roughly $930K spent on TV & digital ads that are pro-Gascon. https://t.co/X3mGfaRzXd
— James Queally (@JamesQueallyLAT) September 25, 2020
Lacey has been bird dogged by a coalition of activist groups for her unwillingness to prosecute police officers who have fatally shot civilians. The Black Lives Matter-led protests against her escalated on March 2, the day before the primary election, when Lacey’s husband pointed a gun at demonstrators who showed up uninvited at the couple’s home around 5:30 am. Partial video of the encounter went viral.