George Soros is determined to turn Pittsburgh into another Philadelphia. The notorious progressive globalist billionaire hopes to purchase the district attorney’s office in the second-largest city in the Keystone State, just as he bought the DA’s seat in what was once quaintly considered The City of Brotherly Love in 2017.
“Soros is the sole contributor to an outside political group financing most of Democrat Matt Dugan’s run for Allegheny County district attorney, a new financial filing shows,” The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported May 9. Dugan currently serves as chief public defender for the county.
One Man Funding an Entire Campaign
“The Pennsylvania Justice and Public Safety PAC listed Mr. Soros as its only donor in a campaign finance report released [May 9],” the paper notes. An avalanche of cash is being funneled Dugan’s way as he seeks to defeat incumbent DA Stephen Zappala in the May 16 Democrat primary. Zappala, who has held the post since 1998, is considered a thoroughly establishment candidate who will likely run as a Republican in the general election if Dugan tops him in the primary. However, it should be stressed that the Democrat nomination is usually essential in blue-dominated big-city elections.
“Soros gave $759,000 to the Pennsylvania-registered PAC on March 27, according to the report filed [May 5] with the county Elections Division, which covers the group’s activity from March 8 through May 1,” the paper continued. “And Mr. Dugan’s campaign on [May 5] reported receiving about $734,000 in what’s known as in-kind contributions – expenditures paid for by other people or groups – from the PAC in March and April.”
This is the playbook Soros used when he placed radical DA Larry Krasner in charge of prosecutions in Philadelphia. The unfortunate city – that has long been plagued by runaway violent crime – got substantially worse. Heinous examples, such as the senseless January 2021 murder of Milan Loncar, 25, while he was walking his dog near his home, have garnered national attention.
“Convictions for violent crime have declined under Mr. Krasner, who lost over three quarters of his staff of 340 prosecutors in his first four-year term. The violence plaguing the city isn’t just a media mirage: according to the data, in 2022 Philadelphia saw its worst murder rate since 1990,” The Post-Gazette’s Salena Zito relates. “Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported at the end of 2022 that Mr. Krasner’s overall conviction rate for violent crime was just 33%.”
This is precisely what Soros is now poised to bring to western Pennsylvania.
Soros Strings Are Barely Concealed
Dugan is fully on board with the loaded and racially divisive “criminal justice” agenda promulgated by Soros. “Public defenders, social workers and activists on Monday kneeled in front of the Allegheny County Courthouse in Downtown Pittsburgh to protest institutional racism in the criminal justice system,” Pittsburgh news outlet PublicSource reported in June 2020 as the summer of George Floyd got underway. “We, as public defenders, are here to say, ‘Black lives matter to us,’” Dugan was quoted as saying. He “called for an end to systemic racism in policing and criminal justice outcomes,” PublicSource states.
An oversized picture atop the article featured a kneeling protester prominently holding a ”Defund the Police” sign.
Dugan’s radicalism was duly recounted by other local media sources when he announced his run for the DA post in January. “Dugan said he acknowledges that systemic racism exists – in policing and in the courtroom,” The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review detailed. “To address that in the Public Defender’s Office, Dugan said he implemented implicit bias training and made a concerted effort to have diversity among attorneys in the office. ‘Diverse representation is absolutely essential in today’s workforce, and I can’t think of a place where it’s more important than the criminal justice system where we see an over-representation of people of color in the system,’ he said.”
The shameless transparency of Soros’ efforts to buy the seat has Democrat Zappala’s campaign team spouting words that the dominant establishment media still enjoy branding as bigoted conspiracy theorizing.
“Mr. Soros, often a target of anti-Semitic attacks and a bogeyman for the right, has defended his involvement in races for prosecutor,” The Post-Gazette casually tosses out in the middle of its May 9 article.
“It says a lot about [Dugan] that he would allow one dark money group funded by one billionaire [to] control every aspect of his campaign. [That] he’s letting this out-of-town group control his campaign leaves no doubt they’ll control his office if he’s elected,” Zappala spokesman Mike Mikus tweeted that same day.
As fictional NYPD officer John McClane says in the movie Die Hard: “Welcome to the party, pal.”
Soros fully understands the substantial clout that district attorneys wield. His activist front group and chosen candidates come out and say it. “Prosecutors have outsize power and largely unchecked authority in the criminal justice system – from charging nonviolent drug offenders with felonies to seeking the death penalty disproportionately based on the race of the victim and defendant,” Justice & Public Safety states on its website, which contains only a front page.
“The truth is that the system is not designed to be run by a Public Defender’s Office. The true leader of the criminal justice system is the district attorney,” Dugan told The Tribune-Review in January.
To George Soros and those he funds, words like “justice” and “inclusion” are a means to an end. They are not the objective itself. Power is the true and only aspiration.
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