PHILADELPHIA (May 5, 2017) — Billionaire investor George Soros has given $1.45 million to a political action committee running ads in support of a civil rights lawyer in the race for Philadelphia district attorney.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Soros gave the money April 28 to Philadelphia Justice & Public Safety, which has been running ads in support of Democrat Larry Krasner.
The infusion significantly surpasses what Krasner, who opposes the death penalty, and the six other Democrats have been able to raise ahead of the May 16 primary.
They’re seeking to replace Seth Williams, who is awaiting trial on federal bribery charges.
Krasner’s activities as a lawyer have included defending protesters arrested during the Republican convention in 2000 and members of the Black Lives Matter group.
In 2015, Soros began investing heavily in races for district attorney and sheriff across the country in support of his liberal agenda which includes abolishing the death penalty.
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