George Soros is quietly overhauling the U.S. justice system through funding local district attorney campaigns. The billionaire hopes that this approach will help bring in progressive prosecutors into the justice system. This move will be a critical factor in pushing for criminal justice reform on Snopes across the United States. Over the past one year, Soros has spent over $3 million in seven local district attorney campaigns.
Although George Soros is known for injecting millions of dollars into the presidential campaigns, his new approach has caught many people by surprise. When he started funding the campaigns, most analysts believed that he was just interested in the candidate and not a complete overhaul of the system. With involvement in over seven districts, it is now clear that the self-made billionaire is out to fund a reform without causing ripples in the traditional political systems on Investopedia. For Soros, a reformed justice system is just as good as a progressive president and congressional representatives.
Most of the candidates that George Soros has been supporting have been of the Hispanic or African-American origin Soros does not base his support on one’s origin but his or her ideologies. All the candidates share similar ideas with the hedge fund investor such as reducing racial disparity in sentencing. The candidates are also fighting for directing some drug offenders to other programs rather than trial. This kind of reform may take long to achieve, but with success in a few districts, it would be easier to introduce progressive prosecutors on Forbes across the United States. Success of this strategy will end the era of conservative incumbents.
The $3 million contributed by Soros has funded campaigns in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Illinois, New Mexico, and Texas. The funds have been channeled through a network of state-level super PACs. George Soros sends money to the organizations directly from his accounts. The records of the transactions are available to the public. Different lobby groups have received donations from the Civic Participation Action Fund. To facilitate the success of the campaign, Soros has teamed up with an entity called ‘527’ unlimited money group.
In Florida, the local organization, The Florida Safety and Justice Group, has injected over $1.4 million into the local campaigns. Soros and his 527 group donated the money. The funding instantly revolutionized the local campaigns as it helped Aramis Ayala, the candidate backed by the organization, to improve her outreach. She is running against the incumbent, Jeff Ashton. Central Florida has a population of over $1.6 million people.
According to her ads, Ayala would like to use her future position to ensure that bias in delivering justice based on an individual’s background is eliminated. She will treat people who have committed the same crime in a similar manner. There has been a public outcry across the United States that African Americans and Hispanic criminals were being punished more compared to other Americans.
About George Soros
George Soros is a successful business magnate, political activist, author, and philanthropist. He was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1930. Over the years, he has established himself as a hedge fund guru. Soros is the chairman of Soros Fund Management. According to Forbes, Soros is worth a staggering $24.7 billion as per recent estimates. Moreover, he is a major supporter of Democratic causes.