According to a report Thursday by The Washington Times, billionaire George Soros is dumping millions of dollars into local elections in the hope of affecting his policy goals at the local level.
In the past two years, he paid more than $7 million toward local prosecutorial races in 10 states in an effort to advance his "criminal justice reform" agenda. Of the 11 races, the candidate he backed won nine times—twice because the Republican candidate dropped out before the election.
The Times interviewed one of those candidates:
Republican Matthew McCord was feeling pretty good about the $12,000 he had raised for his campaign for Henry County district attorney when he was blindsided by a September surprise.
New York billionaire George Soros dumped $147,000 into Georgia Safety & Justice, an independent-expenditure committee registered on Aug. 26, aimed at defeating Mr. McCord and electing his opponent, Democrat Darius Pattillo.
After recovering from the shock, Mr. McCord, a former prosecutor in Clayton and Newton counties, did what he thought was best for himself and the party: He dropped out of the race, allowing Mr. Pattillo to run unopposed.
"It was horrible," said Mr. McCord, a lawyer in private practice in McDonough. "They rented space, they had a staff, they were using a Washington, D.C.-based PR firm. So what I knew was they could say whatever they wanted to say about me. It didn't matter if it was true, and I would have no way to respond."
He had already received a taste of things to come. "I've always been fairly centrist. I have a foundation that I started that has paid to send minority kids to school. And they [Soros campaigners] were already trying to paint me as a white racist," he said. "It's deplorable."
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