Soros quietly drops $ 200,000 to support another far-left prosecutor in Virginia
Liberal billionaire George Soros continues his efforts for his favorite left-wing prosecutors across the country, this time quietly securing a victory with $ 200,000 spent in Norfolk, Virginia.
Soros’ cash injection, which has gone under the radar, includes $ 157,000 from his Justice and Public Safety PAC and $ 41,500 from his Democracy PAC to Ramin Fatehi, a federal and state prosecutor who won a Democratic three-way primary on June 8. He is now the only candidate on the ballot for the November general election for the Norfolk Commonwealth Attorney.
Fatehi is the latest in a series of candidate prosecutors that Soros has backed to reshape Virginia’s criminal justice system. In 2019, Soros provided a large injection of cash to three winning progressive candidates, Parisa Dehghani-Tafti in Arlington County (nearly $ 1 million from Soros); Buta Biberaj in Loudon County ($ 850,000 from Soros); and Steve Descano in Fairfax County ($ 600,000 from Soros). Soros also pushed $ 5,000 to Jim Hingeley in Albemarle County. However, unlike other fields, most of the funds for this race did not come from Soros, but rather from Sonjia Smith, a Democratic megadonator in Virginia politics.
Soros sees prosecutors, who decide which crimes to prosecute and what to pass, as an important part of overhauling the criminal justice system. For years, he funded far-left prosecutor candidates in several fields, including Larry Krasner in Philadelphia, Kim Foxx in Chicago, and Kim Gardner in St. Louis. His money frequently stimulates the most left-wing candidates running for the Democratic primaries.
Fatehi favors lax enforcement and sees crime as a “symptom of structural racism”. According to his campaign website, Fatehi supports the decriminalization and legalization of marijuana possession, the abolition of the cash bond, the abolition of the jury trial sentence and the system’s obligation to honor ” the principle that Black Lives Matter “.
“The old-fashioned view of public safety did not take into account externalities,” Fatehi told The Appeal. “It was focused on the idea of crime as an evil in itself. Where I separate myself is in recognizing that crime is a symptom. It is a symptom of structural racism, of systematic community disinvestment, of redlining, uneven school policy, lack of jobs, lack of transportation, lack of opportunities, intergenerational barriers to wealth creation, disinvestment in treating the mentally ill – all of these things are really what produced the symptoms, but we, as prosecutors, are basically charged with trying to deal with it, and then are blamed as well when they possibly go up or down. “
“I think where those of us who are part of the progressive movement diverge is that we recognize that these externalities exist,” Fatehi said. “It’s incredibly expensive to jail people, to jail them, to monitor them. We are divesting from our own community. We are taking human capital and money away from things like mental health treatment, mental health treatment. drug addiction, education, housing contracts, etc. “
Fatehi’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment on Soros’ money. Whitney Tymas, treasurer of Soros ‘PAC Justice and Public Safety, and Michael Vachon, spokesperson for Soros and treasurer of his PAC Democracy, also did not respond to inquiries about Soros’ efforts.
Soros has funded numerous initiatives to reform the criminal justice system. In 2020, its Open Society Foundations network pledged $ 70 million to local efforts for such reforms. The money was part of a larger $ 220 million campaign for racial equality.
Soros has also pumped money into an effort that calls for the abolition of the police. In 2019, its Foundation to Promote Open Society, a nonprofit in its sprawling network, allocated $ 1.5 million to the Community Resource Hub for Safety and Responsibility. The money funded the creation of the group, which examined “alternatives to policing in the context of abolitionist police cadres” in a note to the organizers.
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Leonard Noisette, head of the Soros Open Society Foundations justice team, said the network supports communities who determine “what alternatives” to policing make sense to them.
“OSF supports the exploration and development of alternatives to current policing practices, and the Hub serves as a clearinghouse of ideas and resources to help advocates determine how best to improve policing practices in their communities. Noisette said. “We are in the hands of communities as to what alternatives make sense to them, including significantly shifting funding from the current police / law enforcement approach to services that respond to societal challenges as well. doing less harm. ”