Washington, D.C. – For years, billionaire progressive philanthropist George Soros has been aiming to steer local elections in favor of certain candidates for district attorney— by infusing their campaigns with financial support from Soros-funded political action committees.
The Daily Caller reports that the most recent election victory by a Soros PAC-funded candidate in a district attorney race saw the Justice & Public Safety PAC, funded by Soros, provide more than $100,000 to the campaign of Portsmouth, Virginia Commonwealth Attorney Stephanie Morales between Sept. 9 and Nov. 4, according to the PAC’s FEC filings.
Interestingly, the Soros-related funding never arose to become a campaign issue, as has taken place previously when the information becomes public, potentially due to Morales not filing her campaign finance reports online but on paper instead. The Daily Caller notes that online reports are more readily available, in contrast to manually filed reports that are generally accessed by a mail request or by visiting city hall.
During the 2017 election campaign for Philadelphia DA, Soros pumped at least $1.45 million into the campaign of civil rights attorney Larry Krasner, who won the election in a landslide with a reported 75 percent of the vote, according to the Associated Press.
The report by the Daily Caller notes:
“Soros has repeatedly backed left-wing district attorney candidates with massive donations typically only seen in gubernatorial, congressional or presidential campaigns. Soros spent more than $9 million on local DA races in 2015-2017 alone, allowing the New York resident to influence local criminal justice policies all across the country.
Justice & Public Safety PAC’s spending on behalf of Morales (known as “in-kind” contributions) included more than $82,000 on polling, media advertisements and direct mail leaflets in the crucial last two weeks of the campaign. The PAC did not return The Daily Caller’s request for comment.
Soros’s financial backing of Morales gave her an enormous fundraising edge over her challenger, Portsmouth attorney T.J. Wright. The $106,000 Soros spent on Morales’s behalf single-handedly more than doubled all contributions to Wright’s campaign, according to Wright’s campaign filings.”
With money essentially equating to a more prominent voice during the course of an election campaign, the targeting of local elections is a powerful method of affecting domestic policy on the ground.
Although “democracy promotion” is the stated mission of Soros’ Open Society Foundation, which funds Soros-affiliated NGOs across the world, a number of these organizations have reportedly been intimately connected to color revolutions in Europe, the Arab Spring, and a number of other political uprisings across the globe, as revealed in allegedly hacked emails.
A report by F. William Engdahl, featured in New Eastern Outlook, elaborates on Soros’ reported use of NGOs as a tool to meddle in the internal affairs of states:
“The totality of what is revealed in the three hacked documents show that Soros is effectively the puppet-master pulling most of the strings in Kiev. Soros Foundation’s Ukraine branch, International Renaissance Foundation (IRF) has been involved in Ukraine since 1989. His IRF doled out more than $100 million to Ukrainian NGOs two years before the fall of the Soviet Union, creating the preconditions for Ukraine’s independence from Russia in 1991. Soros also admitted to financing the 2013-2014 Maidan Square protests that brought the current government into power.
Soros’ foundations were also deeply involved in the 2004 Orange Revolution that brought the corrupt but pro-NATO Viktor Yushchenko into power with his American wife who had been in the US State Department. In 2004 just weeks after Soros’ International Renaissance Foundation had succeeded in getting Viktor Yushchenko as President of Ukraine, Michael McFaul wrote an OpEd for the Washington Post.”
McFaul, former US Ambassador to Russia, detailed some of the buzzwords and organizations utilized to intervene in the domestic politics of a country in the name of “democracy” in his op-ed for the Post:
“Did Americans meddle in the internal affairs of Ukraine? Yes. The American agents of influence would prefer different language to describe their activities — democratic assistance, democracy promotion, civil society support, etc.— but their work, however labeled, seeks to influence political change in Ukraine. The U.S. Agency for International Development, the National Endowment for Democracy and a few other foundations sponsored certain U.S. organizations, including Freedom House, the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute, the Solidarity Center, the Eurasia Foundation, Internews and several others to provide small grants and technical assistance to Ukrainian civil society. The European Union, individual European countries and the Soros-funded International Renaissance Foundation did the same.”
It’s important to remember that if these tactics can be successfully employed abroad, they can just as easily be implemented domestically in the United States, under similar auspices.