On April 28, 2017, billionaire investor George Soros, donated $1.45 million to the race for Democratic primary campaign for district attorney in Philadelphia. The money went into the Philadelphia Justice and Public Safety committee, which is running ads to support civil rights lawyer Larry Kramer. Much of the money was used for TV commercials, online advertising, campaign literature and door-to-door canvassing.
The amount far surpasses the money that was raised by other candidates in the race, and it bolsters Kramer’s standing in the polls. This is a strategy that Soros has used since 2015, trying to support district attorney and sheriff positions across the country. One of his spokesmen said that he had spent 9.6 million to back candidates in these types of races, because of his support of fair and just law enforcement issues including abolishing the death penalty. Kramer has been a very vocal opponent of the death penalty. Read more on washingtontimes.com.
In 2016, Soros donated $6.9 million to political group Safety and Justice. This group then supports the campaigns of those candidates that fit their political thinking. George Soros has been an active contributor to many political campaigns over the years, primarily in the Democratic party.
He was an avid supporter of Hillary Clinton for president in the 2016 presidential election. He was also a major supporter of John Kerry when he was running against George W Bush. Before the 2016 elections he had stepped away from the political arena to focus more on the markets. However, in 2016, he stepped back into the limelight. Visit Project Syndicate to learn more about George.
George Soros was instrumental in making sure Sheriff Joe Arpaio lost his re-election bid for Sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona, because of his stance on immigration law. The donation to Kramer’s campaign will not likely be the last such contribution from Mr. Soros. He is dedicated to changing the overall governing system to help it be a more just and fair one.