Liberal billionaire George Soros spent nearly $11 million to help 12 candidates running in local district attorney races during the 2016 election cycle, demonstrating a tactic to put Democrats in office up and down the ballot.
According to The Daily Signal, the 86-year-old did not meet with any of the Democratic candidates he gave money to. When the votes were counted, however, 10 of them defeated Republican incumbents.
"Criminal justice reform efforts must take many forms," Soros adviser Whitney Tymas told the Daily Signal.
"Changing laws and redirecting funding streams is critical. Because of the enormous discretion vested in those who enforce the laws, including prosecutors, it is also important to elect officials who are committed to public safety and equal justice. These officials are a key leverage point in a complicated system."
The 12 races Soros targeted touched nearly every part of the country, with Soros-influenced elections taking place in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Mississippi (two), Georgia, and Florida.
Clatsop County, Oregon District Attorney Joshua Marquis told the Daily Signal raising money as a prosecutor is "extremely difficult," so Soros' donations were likely welcomed.
"The amount of money we are talking about is staggering," Marquis said. "And it's amplified because it's extremely difficult to raise money as a prosecutor."
Soros didn't stop at district attorney races, however. He reportedly gave $2 million to an effort to defeat Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who lost in his re-election bid.
Forbes figures Soros' wealth to be more than $24 billion, making him the 19th richest person in the world. He has donated millions of dollars over the years to liberal candidates and causes.
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