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Soros Family Quietly Funds Committees Backing ‘Police Defund’ Candidates


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Liberal billionaire George Soros and his daughter, Andrea Soros Colombel, fund two entities that back far-left politicians who support police defunding, a Fox News Digital review of campaign finance records has revealed.

Soros’ money went to a joint fundraising committee and a PAC attached to the efforts. The fundraising joint venture, called Lead the Way 2022, includes the Way to Lead PAC, Missouri Rep. Cori Bush’s campaign committee and the campaigns of 12 other progressive politicians trying to enter Congress.

George Soros has long supported overhauling the criminal justice system. The financier has poured tens of millions into district attorney races and doled out large sums to groups focused on police reform efforts, including funding a center used by progressive activists pushing for the dismantling of the police. police.

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Billionaire investor George Soros addresses the audience during the Schumpeter Prize in Vienna, Austria, June 21, 2019.
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Andrea Soros Colombel, meanwhile, has kept a lower profile than her father. Despite this, she supports the current joint fundraising committee to benefit Bush and other far-left politicians for the 2022 election.

According to Federal Election Commission records, Andrea Soros Colombel donated $100,000 to Lead the Way 2022, the joint fundraising effort that includes Way to Lead PAC and progressive candidate campaigns.

George Soros has separately contributed money to the Way to Lead PAC, which is attached to the joint fundraising effort. The financier transferred $100,000 from his Democracy PAC to Way to Lead’s non-contributing account, which can be used on ads supporting or opposing candidates.

Andrea and George Soros’ funds put them among the top funders of Lead the Way 2022 and Way to Lead respectively for the 2022 elections.

These two entities, in turn, support Bush and progressive hopefuls as they seek to expand the ranks of the “Squads” within Congress.

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Lead the Way 2022 has funneled nearly $40,000 into Bush’s campaign coffers this cycle, filings show. The Missouri Democrat has been a strong supporter of defunding the police.

Soros Family Quietly Funds Committees Backing ‘Police Defund’ Candidates

Congresswoman Cori Bush talks about extending the eviction moratorium
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He has also donated money to others as part of the collaborative fundraising venture, many of whom also support police defunding.

Rana Abdelhamid, who is running in New York’s 12th congressional district, received $28,000 from Lead the Way 2022. Abdelhamid called funding law enforcement a feminist “priority” in now-deleted Instagram posts.

“Intimate partner violence is up to 4 times higher in cop households than in the general population,” she wrote in a graphic, citing the National Center for Women and Policing. Another graphic in the post encouraged readers to donate to “Defund the Police Efforts.”

Kina Collins, a candidate in Illinois’ 7th District, also received $28,000 from Lead the Way 2022. Collins attended a police fundraising rally and called for the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement the United States.

Odessa Kelly, who was vying for a House seat in Tennessee’s 7th District, received nearly $41,000 from Lead the Way 2022. Kelly signaled her support for defunding the police in an interview with Our Data Bodies.

“Some of the groups here that are pushing 100 percent to protect our communities and lead the charge of defunding the police and all of those things. I agree with you,” Odessa said in the interview.

The three progressive candidates also received a cash injection from the Lead the Way PAC. The PAC sent checks for $2,900 to the Abdelhamid, Collins and Odessa campaigns, according to filings.

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George Soros spokesman Michael Vachon, who also serves as treasurer of Soros’ Democracy PAC, did not respond to a Fox News Digital request for comment. Andrea Soros also did not respond to a request for comment.

George Soros has made targeting the criminal justice system a focal point of his efforts in recent years.

The deep-pocketed backer has pumped nearly $30 million into district attorney races across the country, often entering Democratic primaries and backing the most progressive candidate in the field.

Soros Family Quietly Funds Committees Backing ‘Police Defund’ Candidates

Hungarian-born American investor and philanthropist George Soros has funded liberal causes around the world for years. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)
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One such candidate, Aramis Ayala, who was a state attorney for Orange and Osceola counties in Florida, received $1.4 million in Soros funding for her run.

Ayala is now running for a House seat in Florida’s 10th congressional district. Her campaign was previously included in the Way to Lead 2022 joint fundraiser and received nearly $29,000 from the committee late last year. However, she no longer appears as part of the collaboration.

Ayala also received a $2,900 contribution from Lead the Way PAC.

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Soros has funded groups supporting police reforms from his Open Society Foundations, including $4.5 million for a black money center used by far-left activists pushing to dismantle the police, Fox reported. News.

Andrea Soros Colombel sits on the global and US boards of the Open Society Foundations.

The Open Society Foundations also committed $220 million in 2020 to a racial equality campaign, including $70 million for local efforts focused on criminal justice reform.

Fox News’ Houston Keene contributed reporting.

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