New York billionaire investor George Soros recently made another major contribution to a Bossier City-based political action committee, Louisiana Safety and Justice PAC.
When Soros gave $150,000 to the PAC Oct. 13, it brought the philanthropist's contributions to a total $406,000 this election season. Soros is, thus far, the group's only donor.
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Soros' local representatives aren't talking, but his contributions come as Caddo Parish continues to be the subject of negative national attention, prompted by the high number of death penalty convictions from the district attorney's office.
The initial $256,000 from Oct. 5 is currently paying for a series of commercials supporting Caddo DA candidate James Stewart. The PAC's spent more than $125,000 on air time in northwest Louisiana TV stations, including KTBS.
Local republicans and other DA candidates were so concerned, if not envious, about the ad buys that they held a news conference outside the federal courthouse Friday (Oct. 16), criticizing out-of-state money.
Political analyst Scott Hughes says this is a part of the political process.
"What got people upset is, that the money was given to somebody locally," Hughes said. "It's a local PAC, which I find interesting because all the other money that's influencing our elections has no local influence. It's purely being done by Washington to Baton Rouge or some far place that's decided to invest in Caddo Parish and invest in northwest Louisiana."
It's unclear where the second Soros donation is going. It could be spent in other races in Louisiana. Hughes says it's possible the PAC could also be organizing get-out-the-vote efforts Saturday, but that will be revealed election day or after, when more campaign finance reports are filed.