George Soros is a brilliant mastermind, the closest thing to a real-life Bond villain in human history. He thinks strategically, targeting sources of leverage, and he wants to bring about structural change. See, for instance, his close involvement in the Secretary of States Project.
Another attempt at targeting strategic sources of leverage has been outed at Politico (!) by Scott Bland:
While America’s political kingmakers inject their millions into high-profile presidential and congressional contests, Democratic mega-donor George Soros has directed his wealth into an under-the-radar 2016 campaign to advance one of the progressive movement’s core goals — reshaping the American justice system.
The billionaire financier has channeled more than $3 million into seven local district attorney campaigns in six states over the past year — a sum that exceeds the total spent on the 2016 presidential campaign by all but a handful of rival super-donors.
Typically, D.A. races do not attract big bucks, so the Soros money can become a major factor. Needless to say:
His money has supported African-American and Hispanic candidates for these powerful local roles, all of whom ran on platforms sharing major goals of Soros’, like reducing racial disparities in sentencing and directing some drug offenders to diversion programs instead of to trial. It is by far the most tangible action in a progressive push to find, prepare and finance criminal justice reform-oriented candidates for jobs that have been held by long-time incumbents and serve as pipelines to the federal courts — and it has inspired fury among opponents angry about the outside influence in local elections.
That is a remarkably long time horizon for a man as old as Soros to embrace. Generational in scope. Maybe he expects his sons to complete his vision, but my guess is that his money has funded a vast organization that will operate tax-free to accomplish this huge political transformation.
Throughout the progressive agenda. For many decades ahead.
There is a lot of good reporting in the story on the various races Soros has funded. Kudos to Politico for this one.
Ed Lasky adds:
Soros runs rings around the Koch brothers and everyone else yet merits little attention from the media. He drills down to state level and probably county levels when it comes to judges as well. Also, he led the way with the Secretary of State Project that helped elect various secretaries of state – positions responsible for ensuring the integrity of voting practices and results – and can be manipulated, as was most probably the reason we have Al Franken as the senator from Minnesota. I wrote about the SOS strategy of his and the Democracy Alliance years ago. The judiciary is supposed to be independent. There is no branch of government on the federal or state level – and county level – that Soros does not want to manipulate.
Richard Baehr adds:
The amount Soros spends – a few million here, a few million there – look benign compared to Adelson throwing 100 million into the 2012 campaign. But he is far more effective.
The recent release of emails was a complete non-story for major media. They won’t attack him.