This year, Capital Research Center was the first to compile evidence from campaign finance disclosures and local news reports scattered across the country detailing George Soros’s involvement in local prosecutor elections. Widely covered by news outlets including the Washington Examiner, Breitbart, the National Desk, and even Newt Gingrich’s podcast, our research showed that Soros and his network of personal political action committees had flooded typically low-dollar district attorney elections with over $29 million backing left-wing “reform” candidates.
In total Soros cash served as the backbone of two dozen successful campaigns, ushering in radical candidates whose policies have created a crime wave so massive that even the left-leaning New York Times has acknowledged it.
With just $29 million Soros has effectively created two systems of law in the country: one America based on hundreds of years of legal tradition and experience and another America where all norms have been thrown away in a bout of reformist fervor. The divide between these two Americas is so severe that commentators both Left and Right have remarked that places like Philadelphia and Los Angeles resemble “a third-world country.”
Welcome to the cities of “Sorostan.”
The population of Sorostan is over 37 million. Data from the 2020 Census show that localities where Soros-funded prosecutors currently hold office are home to roughly 37.6 million Americans, or 11 percent of the entire population. The unfortunate occupants of Sorostan are also disproportionately members of minority groups, with 15 percent of the African American population and 16 percent of the Hispanic population living in Sorostan.
This means that Soros and his allies have disproportionately used minority communities as test subjects for their untested criminal justice reforms.
The results of these experiments have been catastrophic, particularly for the minority communities they were allegedly intended to help, but Soros and his allies don’t seem to understand or care. In 2021 Soros doubled down on his funding of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner and added two more left-wing DAs to his list. Furthermore, allies of the reform prosecutor movement have laughably insisted that stories of the crime wave are “copoganda.”
All the “Reform” the People Can Bear . . . and More
The message Soros and his allied are sending is clear. They are willing to repeatedly gamble away the lives and well-being of Americans, including many of our poorest and most vulnerable citizens, in a vain attempt to carry them into some sort of incarceration-free utopia.
The reforms will apparently continue until equity improves.