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Left-wing billionaire George Soros is dumping as much as $1 million into an anti-police effort in the Texas capital of Austin as the city attempts to hire more officers amid shortages that are putting the public at risk.
According to campaign finance documents reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon, “the Hungarian-born political activist gave $500,000 through the Soros-backed Open Society Policy Center to a political action committee in opposition to a ballot initiative that forces the city to employ two police officers per 1,000 residents.”
“Soros’s donation, made on Oct. 12, is his second of the month and comes as Austin experiences a decades-high spike in violent crime,” the outlet continued, noting that there have been at least 67 homicides this year in the city, the highest number since 1981, while aggravated assaults have gone up by 10 percent after spiking again last year by 20 percent.
The WFB adds:
On Oct. 1, the Open Society Policy Center cut its first $500,000 check to Equity PAC, a Texas-based political organization that backs left-wing causes. The donation is the latest example of Soros’s involvement in various left-wing causes at the local level. In 2020, Soros donated over $600,000 to a Texas-based left-wing group that backed the election of José Garza, who now serves as district attorney for Travis County, where Austin sits.
Since 2015, Soros has spent more than $17 million on various local races, including donations to left-wing prosecutors and state legislators. Virtually every candidate backed by Soros and the Open Society Foundations has supported a dramatic reduction in or elimination of cash bail and other policies critics say lead to higher crime.
Soros has also funded the campaigns of progressive prosecuting attorneys whose reforms including getting rid of cash bail and refusing to prosecute a growing number of crimes such as shoplifting below a certain dollar amount. Critics have blamed these prosecutors — Larry Krasner in Philadelphia, Kim Foxx in Chicago, and Chesa Boudin in San Francisco, among others — for major spikes in criminal activity and a decline in quality of life.
Meanwhile, according to a separate report, a Soros-linked group held discussions with the FBI during the so-called Trump-Russia collusion investigation and hired former MI6 spy Christopher Steele, who assembled the infamous and discredited “dossier” on the then-GOP nominee, Donald Trump, after the FBI fired him for inappropriate contacts with the media.
Just the News reported:
A group funded by George Soros and other donors to continue investigating the Russia collusion allegations after the 2016 election met with the FBI, offering its assistance to agents and alerting them it was working with one of their terminated confidential sources in the case, Christopher Steele, according to court testimony made public Friday.
Former FBI analyst Daniel Jones’ testimony, released in a D.C. Superior Court civil case, recounts in painstaking detail how he formed the group The Democracy Integrity Project in early 2017, raised money for it and continued a private investigation into alleged Russian and other interference in the 2016 election.
Jones acknowledged in his testimony that he worked post-election with some of the key figures tied to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and its now discredited Russia collusion allegations, including recently indicted former campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann and investigative researcher Glenn Simpson.
In a major revelation, Jones testified that he gave Steele a job to assist him in his work, while Jones said that he felt an obligation to inform the FBI when he met with investigators probing the alleged collusion allegations in March 2017, just a few months after Trump entered office.
“I proactively reached out to the FBI,” Jones testified.
“The purpose of that meeting was to alert the FBI, a place that I had worked with and who I had maintained contacts with who are still there, that the Democracy Integrity Project as an organization existed and that we were collecting information on foreign government interference in elections and that we had the information on foreign government interference in elections, as well as the fact that I had engaged the services of Christopher Steele for the Democracy Integrity Project and alerting them to that, given the public nature of what had transpired from the Bureau on this,” he said.