The radically liberal billionaire George Soros just poured $116,000 into a PAC that supports controversial St. Louis prosecutor Kimberly Gardner, who has come under fire for going after Missouri’s former GOP governor and a couple who displayed their guns (under threat) during a Black Lives Matters protest.
A Missouri Ethics Commission filing on Saturday revealed that Soros made the donation to the Missouri Justice and Public Safety PAC, which was formed in support of Gardner. The filing also showed that Soros is the only donor to the PAC so far.
The PAC has already spent $104,393, including $77,804 on Gardner directly. The money that Soros donated has been used by the PAC to pay off previous debts they racked up in supporting Gardner, who has a primary on Tuesday. You can take a look at the full report here: GardnerPACSorosDonation.pdf.
When she was elected back in 2016, the Democratic Gardner was supported by Soros-funded PACs that helped out leftwing prosecutors all over America who are forging a progressive criminal justice reform platform. She soon made headlines all over the country when she filed charges against then-Republican Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, forcing him to resign.
However, Gardner eventually revealed that she did not have enough evidence to substantiate her allegations, and she is currently being investigated for her conduct in this case. On top of that, the prosecutor’s former chief investigator is awaiting trial on tampering charges, according to Just the News.
Gardner has made national headlines once again in recent weeks after criminally charging Mark and Patricia McCloskey for pulling out their guns when Black Lives Matters protestors trespassed onto their private property on June 28. This has led to a national dialogue about Second Amendment rights, Missouri “Castle Doctrine” of protecting one’s home, and if the prosecution of the couple is political in nature.
Missouri Governor Michael Parson has already said that he will pardon the McCloskeys if they are convicted, and Missouri U.S. Attorney General Eric Schmitt has stated publicly that he wants to dismiss the case.
Michael Vachon, a Soros spokesperson, responded to this report by saying that the PACs the billionaire is funding have never denied that they supported prosecutors like Gardner for criminal justice reform.
This piece was written by PoliZette Staff on August 2, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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