Despite suffering a high-profile loss with the recall of San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, billionaire leftist financier George Soros plans to keep bankrolling the campaigns of liberal DAs, according to a new report.
According to the Washington Examiner, the report from the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund estimated Soros had shelled out $40 million to elect 75 district attorneys who believe in “social justice.”
In Boudin’s case, he was too liberal even for San Francisco’s standards. Two years and change after his 2019 election, the leftist DA was recalled by voters on Tuesday after the city experienced a sharp rise in crime.
It wasn’t even close, either; as of Friday, the vote sat at 57 percent for recalling Boudin with 72 percent reported, according to The New York Times.
Boudin exemplified many of the policies Soros champions — including the elimination of cash bail, refusing to prosecute quality-of-life crimes and going easy on drug dealers.
His failure was hardly a surprise, if one was to read the report. The Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund noted many of Soros’ favored candidates were “political neophytes” with “zero prosecutorial experience.”
At the top of the donations list was George Gascon, the Los Angeles district attorney who might also be facing a recall election. However, he was far from the only one getting money from Soros-linked groups.
“For many, these groups were the prime giver. In Northern Virginia, for example, [Loudoun County, Virginia District Attorney Buta] Biberaj received over 80% of her campaign finances from Soros-backed groups and supporters,” the Examiner reported.
“In neighboring Fairfax, [Steve] Descano snagged 70% of his donations from Soros-aligned groups and friends.”
And the money is going to keep on flowing despite Boudin’s failure.
According to the Examiner, the report noted “Soros is planning to spend even more to keep his team in power, saying he is ‘poised to spend millions more to fight the looming recall of Los Angeles DA George Gascon and is seeking to install his preferred prosecutor candidates in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Alameda County and Orange County, California in 2022.’”
“Soros is using that campaign money and the hundreds of millions more for supporting organizations to quietly transform the criminal justice system for the worse, promoting dangerous policies and anti-police narratives to advance his radical agenda,” LELDF president Jason Johnson said.
However, it remains to be seen if Soros will keep doubling down if Gascon is recalled.
The Los Angeles DA, who’s under fire for rising crime rates, has blamed the spike on “bad policies” that “over-criminalize communities.”
“The problems we have today [are] the result of many of the bad policies that over-criminalize communities without really looking for a path forward to create the reduction of crime, the prevention of crime,” said DA George Gascón during his town hall on violent crime last night. pic.twitter.com/fhJVfZFlhc
— George Gascón (@LADAOffice) June 9, 2022
During a town hall discussion Tuesday, he claimed that crime was on the rise in both “conservative and progressive jurisdictions.”