Political Party/527

Justice and Public Safety PAC

Justice and Public Safety PAC is a left-of-center PAC that focuses on supporting the campaigns of progressive district attorneys in the Commonwealth of Virginia. [1] The PAC receives most of its funding from left-leaning billionaire George Soros and Democracy PAC, which also receives much of its funding from Soros. [2] It is one of several similarly-named PACs that receive substantial funding from Soros and contribute to the campaigns of progressive district attorneys across the U.S. [3]

Political Activities

In 2020, Justice and Public Safety supported the campaign of Parisa Dehghani-Tafti for commonwealth attorney for the county of Arlington. Parisa Dehghani-Tafti has been the subject of national controversies multiple times, most recently for her decision to prosecute a store owner for shooting and injuring several young men that had broken into the store. [4]

Justice and Safety PAC also supported the campaign of Loudoun county prosecutor Buta Biberaj, who was exposed in 2020 as a member of Facebook group making and planning cyberattack threats on parents in her community that opposed the teaching of critical race theory in their schools. [5] The Daily Wire, a right-leaning news outlet, reported that the Loudoun County Sheriff was investigating statements made in the Facebook group for possible criminality. [6] [7]

Justice and Safety also provided support to the campaign of Steve Descano for Fairfax county prosecutor, who has been widely criticized as a “rogue prosecutor” for his controversial stance on prosecuting misdemeanor offenses. [8] [9]

In 2021, the organization quietly contributed $157,000 to the campaign of Ramin Fatehi for Norfolk Commonwealth Attorney.[10] The contribution was accompanied by a second $41,500 contribution from Democracy PAC, another Soros funded PAC.[11]

Leadership

Justice and Public Safety PAC is led by treasurer Whitney Tymas, who also served on the board of the Civic Participation Action Fund (CPAF).

References

  1. Justin Jouvenal, Rachel Weiner. “PAC Funded by George Soros Pumps Nearly $1 Million into Local Races for Prosecutor.” The Washington Post. WP Company, June 5, 2019. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/pac-funded-by-george-soros-pumps-nearly-1-million-into-local-races-for-prosecutor/2019/06/04/c2df1b08-86f0-11e9-a491-25df61c78dc4_story.html. ^
  2. Justin Jouvenal, Rachel Weiner. “PAC Funded by George Soros Pumps Nearly $1 Million into Local Races for Prosecutor.” The Washington Post. WP Company, June 5, 2019. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/pac-funded-by-george-soros-pumps-nearly-1-million-into-local-races-for-prosecutor/2019/06/04/c2df1b08-86f0-11e9-a491-25df61c78dc4_story.html. ^
  3. InfluenceWatch. Collected receipts of Soros District Attorney spending, 2015-2020. https://www.influencewatch.org/app/uploads/2021/04/Soros-Attorney-Funding.pdf ^
  4. ARLnow.com. “Store Owner Goes on Fox News to Blast Decision to Charge Employee for Shooting.” ARLnow.com, April 24, 2020. https://www.arlnow.com/2020/04/01/store-owner-goes-on-fox-news-to-blast-decision-to-charge-employee-for-shooting/. ^
  5. ELLIE BUFKIN, Sinclair Broadcast Group. “Virginia Parents Threatened after Criticizing Critical Race Theory.” WBFF. WBFF, May 7, 2021. https://foxbaltimore.com/news/nation-world/virginia-parents-threatened-after-criticizing-critical-race-theory. ^
  6. Rosiak, Luke. “Teachers Compile List Of Parents Who Question Racial Curriculum, Plot War On Them.” The Daily Wire. The Daily Wire, March 16, 2021. https://www.dailywire.com/news/loudoun-teachers-target-parents-critical-race-theory-hacking. ^
  7. ELLIE BUFKIN, Sinclair Broadcast Group. “Virginia Parents Threatened after Criticizing Critical Race Theory.” WBFF. WBFF, May 7, 2021. https://foxbaltimore.com/news/nation-world/virginia-parents-threatened-after-criticizing-critical-race-theory. ^
  8. Jouvenal, Justin. “Group Begins Recall Campaign against Fairfax County Prosecutor.” The Washington Post. WP Company, April 14, 2021. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/group-begins-recall-campaign-against-fairfax-county-prosecutor/2021/04/14/7c8629ac-9d33-11eb-b7a8-014b14aeb9e4_story.html. ^
  9. Smith, Zack. “Meet Steve Descano, the Rogue Prosecutor Whose Policies Are Wreaking Havoc in Fairfax County, Virginia.” The Heritage Foundation. Accessed June 2, 2021. https://www.heritage.org/crime-and-justice/commentary/meet-steve-descano-the-rogue-prosecutor-whose-policies-are-wreaking. ^
  10. Schoffstall, Joe. “Soros Quietly Drops $200,000 Backing Another Far-Left Prosecutor in Virginia.” Fox News. FOX News Network, June 16, 2021. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/soros-donates-200k-virginia-prosecutor-race. ^
  11. Schoffstall, Joe. “Soros Quietly Drops $200,000 Backing Another Far-Left Prosecutor in Virginia.” Fox News. FOX News Network, June 16, 2021. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/soros-donates-200k-virginia-prosecutor-race. ^

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