With crime on the rise, more police officers is a good thing, right? Not according to Democrat donor and billionaire George Soros. The city of Austin, Texas is currently considering Proposition A, which would increase funding to hire more police officers. This means a better opportunity to fight crime. Police departments that aren’t stretched thin because they are understaffed. Less stress for police on duty. Only in some crazy world in which police are inherently bad would this be considered a bad thing — but George Soros is giving $500k to stop police hiring in Austin and defeat Proposition A.
Proposition A would combat the recent BLM-inspired increase in police attrition. Departments are losing as many as 20 deputies per month in 2021. Since Austin is both a major college town and the state capitol, one might assume that fully staffing it with officers who are ready to defend its citizens would be a top priority. But Soros, who backs BLM 100 percent, doesn’t want that for some reason. The Austin American-Statesman reports:
In a bombshell announcement that threatens to shake up the Nov. 2 election, a political action committee opposed to Proposition A — which if passed would require the city to hire hundreds of police officers — says it has accepted a $500,000 donation from Soros.
The 91-year-old Soros, of New York, is known for supporting liberal political causes. His net worth is estimated at $8.6 billion, according to Forbes. Soros has made it a recent focus to target elected prosecutors he sees as too punitive on crime. His involvement in last year’s Travis County district attorney’s race helped lift Jose Garza to victory over incumbent Margaret Moore.
Soros’ son, Jonathan Soros, also has recently been involved in Austin elections, contributing $25,000 earlier this year to a PAC that tried but failed to move the city to a strong mayor form of government.
According to finance records published Friday, George Soros transferred the $500,000 to Equity PAC on Monday through his Open Society Policy Center in Washington. That same day, Equity PAC accepted a donation for $200,000 from another reform-minded organization in Washington, the Fairness Project.
The contributions were made after the deadline, so this allows Soros to take advantage of a loophole that will keep them from showing up on the PAC’s financial reports.
If Soros fails in his mission to defeat Proposition A, Austin will be able to hire hundreds of new officers. Prop. A even throws a bone to leftists by requiring that 35 percent of an officer’s time be spent on community engagement.