GEORGE SOROS AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM PACs
PACs associated with George Soros have been funding challenges to State Attorney races around the county. Orange County State Attorney, Aramis Ayala, who was the beneficiary of hundreds of thousands of dollars from Florida Safety and Justice (a Soros funded PAC), ran against and beat former State Attorney, Jeff Ashton. Florida Safety and Justice spent the money on TV commercials and other advertising. Approx 1 million. Ayala’s campaign platform focused on criminal justice reform and social justice.
Related: Aramis Ayala upsets Jeff Ashton for State Attorney , Be wary of billionaire Soros’ cash in race for state attorney: Where We Stand, Billionaire George Soros bankrolling Orange-Osceola State Attorney challenger. Newly elected Hillsborough County State Attorney, Andrew Warren, who also ran on a platform based on criminal justice reform, was also the beneficiary of a Soros funded
PAC, Color of Change. Warren will also now have major sway as well over whether cops are tried and sentenced if they lie in making cases against citizens. Prominent attorney and Warren supporter, Barry Cohen, has in the past raised issues about law enforcement lying in court. Some black community activists, who called upon voters to cast their vote for Warren, expect and demand that Warren’s progressive ideas will go a long way in ending the racial disparity in the system. Warren has pledged to rarely seek the death penalty, decrease the amount of juveniles being tried in the adult system, create a wrongful conviction integrity unit, and have regular community engagement, among other pledged reforms.