Soros-Funded PAC Spends $1.5 Million To Support Dem. San Diego District Attorney Candidate
Billionaire Liberal Investor and Activist George Soros has been pouring lots of cash into district attorney races around the country, including here in St. Louis, with the latest funding going to Geneviéve Jones-Wright, a Democratic candidate for D.A. in San Diego, California.
Federal Communications Commission records and campaign spending reports show that the Soros Political Action Committee "California Justice & Public Safety PAC" is spending $1.5 million on television ad buys there. Another Soros-funded PAC funded political advertising for St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, who is leading the prosecution of two different criminal charges against Republican Missouri Governor Eric Greitens. His trial on a charge of invasion of privacy is set to start in less than one week.
A website launched by the current Republican D.A. Summer Stephan, an appointee, joins other conservative groups in accusing Soros of being linked to the far-left group that calls itself "Antifa" (or anti-facist).
Antifa has generated notoriety in the last two years for aggressively disrupting marches and rallies held by Conservative and/or Republican groups, especially on college campuses. The group was also involved in violent clashes during rallies for President Trump.
San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan's website, Threat To San Diego, says that "anti-law enforcement money is coming into San Diego".
“This much money is very unusual for a local race like this, particularly out-of-district money,” Carl Luna, a San Diego Mesa College political science professor, told San Diego's I-News Source. “Outside of Congress, you don’t see races like this attracting that much money.”
Stephan has raised about twice the campaign money Jones-Wright has raised: $485,000 to $205,000. The Soros PAC money spent supporting Jones-Wright already totals $405,000.
Jason Poe, Stephan's campaign strategist, told the Washington Free Beacon that Jones-Wright "has fully embraced his [Soros's] positions on decriminalizing sex crimes, closing jails and prisons, and eliminating bail" and added that that she is "committed to not enforcing what she calls ‘quality of life crimes' like breaking and entering and other things that are not necessarily violent crimes."
Stephan told the San Diego Union Tribune that while she does not know for sure if Soros is directly tied to Antifa, she does think that he is trying to influence elections. "The point of the website was to inform the public that he (Soros) has been able to overwhelm local elections with money.”
Meanwhile, Jones-Wright, who was one of the key speakers a few months ago at a secretive liberal donor conference hosted by Soros and Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, did not exactly distance herself from the billionaire. Her campaign told the Union-Tribune that the website's claims are "fear mongering".
Mary Latibashvili, Jones-Wright’s campaign manager, says “we are excited about the fact that criminal justice reform is getting attention and that we are able to talk about things that we want to talk about.”
Roe denied that the website ties Soros to Antifa, but did note in a memo last June to Republicans that, “Soros’s agenda is not overtly partisan but rather an effort to elect prosecutors who oppose the death penalty and refuse to enforce drug laws."
Soros has also put lots of money into district attorney races around the country, including, Politico reports, campaigns in Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, California and Texas through a network of state-level super PACs and a national “527” unlimited-money group, each named a variation on “Safety and Justice.” Since 2015, Soros has put millions of dollars into the campaigns, and are typically candidates who are far left of center.