George Soros has contributed financial support to an organization supporting the “defund the police” movement, as violent crime rises across the country.
According to papers filed by the Federal Election Commission, Soros donated $1 million to Color Of Change PAC on May 14. It’s the progressive billionaire’s biggest political donation of the 2021 election cycle and his first to a political action committee since 2016.
Color of Change, which advertises itself as the country’s largest online racial justice organization, is a vocal backer of defunding the nation’s police departments. Following the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, it conducted an online political outreach effort last year to defund police forces, Washington Free Beacon reported.
An online petition by this group states, “Invest in black communities. Defund the police.” The petition also called for “divesting from and dismantling the systems that unjustly harm Black people.”
“The killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and so many more at the hands of police violence have left us all outraged, but our movement is stronger than ever,” the petition said.
“Now it’s up to us to hold them [the Minneapolis Police] accountable, push for further systemic changes, and not lose the momentum needed to change the institution of policing forever,” it continued.
“We know that policing doesn’t keep us safe, communities do. Policing doesn’t lead to thriving communities, investment does,” the petition also said. “We must begin to envision the society that functions for ALL of us and we must begin by divesting from and dismantling the systems that unjustly harm Black people.”
Soros’ investment is the latest in a long line of financial contributions to groups or candidates who advocate for police defunding or are pro-crime, Washington Examiner reported.
The effort included “an end to cash bail, a ban on prosecutors seeking enhanced prison sentences, and showing leniency to many low-level offenders.”
The Democratic megadonor has also backed other local prosecutor races across the country, including Kim Gardner in Missouri, who released 34 of 36 people arrested during the city’s summer riots last year; and District Attorney Larry Krasner in Philadelphia, who fired 31 prosecutors and ordered police groups to drastically reduce prosecutions and shorten probation and parole sentences; Kim Foxx of Chicago, who ended felony prosecutions and postponed jail sentences for a number of crimes; and Rachael Rollins of Massachusetts, who ran on a platform of decriminalizing a variety of misdemeanors.