George Soros has gained much attention for his huge donations to the Hillary Clinton campaign. But that $25,000,000 losing bet has obscured the string of smaller, but no less important victories that he has accumulated at the local level. Throughout 2016, George Soros spent additional millions on local prosecutor, sheriff and judge races from Colorado to Florida. Unlike his large losses in donating to the Kerry and Clinton presidential campaigns, the money spent in local elections has proven to be wise investing.
To the hammer of justice, every arrestee is a nail
One of the most powerful positions in the U.S. criminal justice system is that of prosecuting attorney. Prosecutors on Politico have the discretion to decide who is and is not charged with a crime. But they also have the power to sign off on how many resources are expended on any given case as well as who is extended plea offers. What this all amounts to, in practice, is a virtual dictatorship on who goes to prison and who goes free. Soros recognized this fact of U.S. realpolitik on Biography and set out to reform the criminal justice system at its very foundation, the people who tend the prison gates.
In Florida, philanthropist billionaire George Soros, through a political action committee, spend over $1,300,000 on behalf of the progressive candidate Aramis Ayala. Ayala was vying to become the first black prosecuting attorney in the state of Florida. Running for Orlando prosecutor, she campaigned on promises to forge new bonds between the police and communities of color as well as reversing some of the perceived racial discrimination unleashed throughout the tenure of her opponent, Jeff Ashton.
For his part, Ashton had amassed an ugly record of over-represented minorities being charged with a whole host of crimes, including non-violent drug offenses. Ayala offered to counter this by using discretion on a case-by-case basis and not weighting prior convictions, a constant trait of minority offenders, with such gravity in the decisions to bring charges and seek sentences. Ultimately, the people of Orlando believed Ayala’s message, and she won in a landslide. This was in no small part due to the largest of George Soros’ PAC, with pro-Ayala television and radio ads utterly dominating the airwaves and few appearing on behalf of Jeff Ashton.
Soros underwrote similarly victorious races in Louisiana, Colorado and Mississippi. In the case of the latter state, Soros backed candidate Scott Colom’s race to represent a four county area as state prosecutor. Colom won handsomely, running on a platform of broad criminal justice reform similar to that of Orlando’s Ayala. Even more than Ayala, Colom’s reign seems to be having tangible effects. He has said that he is focusing on sternly prosecuting violent crime while seeking every opportunity to give low-level and non-violent drug offenders a second chance. Colom sees low-level drug offenses as a sort of gateway into the prison system and a life of criminality. By diverting these vulnerable convicts away from the hard core criminal element, he hopes to give them the wakeup call they need while not sending them to the criminal universities of the state prison system.