Billionaire investor George Soros may not have been able to get Hillary Clinton into the White House, but he was able to get Sheriff Joe Arpaio out of Arizona’s Maricopa County. It has recently been revealed George Soros spent about $2 million against the divisive County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in the local elections this year.
After filing campaign finance documents, Soros’s PAC Maricopa Strong was found to have spent a great deal on anti-Joe Arpaio ads. The report also revealed that Steve Job’s widow, Laurence Powell Jobs, donated $250,000 to this cause, and Texas billionaires Laura and John Arnold donated $500,000 against Arpaio.
Besides local elections, Soros is known for his large donations to former Democratic presidential candidates. Soros gave an estimated $27 million in an attempt to defeat President George W. Bush in 2004, and he donated $25 million to help Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton defeat Republican Donald Trump this year.
Since Donald Trump won the White House in November, Soros has been meeting with other liberal donors to decide what to do with their large funds. A meeting was recently held at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington D.C. to discuss this very issue.
George Soros has come out publicly and denounced the rise in hate speech and hate crimes since Donald Trump’s victory. Soros said he plans on donating $10 million to further this cause in the ensuing weeks.
Getting back to Soros’s donations to local campaigns, Soros’s PACs were found to have spent large amounts of money in races in Houston’s Harris County, Phoenix’s Maricopa County, and both Gilpin and Jefferson counties near Denver.
One reason Soros was so keen on investing against Arpaio was due to Arpaio’s strong stance against illegal immigration. Soros, himself an an emigrant of Hungary, is passionate about amnesty and immigrant’s rights issues. Soros has been committed in recent days to raising awareness and funds for migrants entering into Europe.
Most recently, George Soros pledged $500 million to help the refugees and migrants in Europe. This money will specifically go towards helping migrants integrate into their host countries by investing in startups and other established businesses.
Most of Soros’s funds went into positive political TV ads for Arpaio’s rival, the Democratic candidate Paul Penzone. One of the Soros-backed ads told viewers “Arpaio talks tough, but he doesn’t keep us safe.”
Employees at Soros’s PAC said there were two main reasons Soros invested heavily in this race. The first reason was that Soros believed Joe Arpaio was abusing his powers and violating civil rights. The second reason has to do with the national attention Arpaio has been receiving. Soros believes Arpaio’s strong stance against illegal immigration has been bad for the national conversation on immigration reform and amnesty.
Arpaio raised about $2.8 million from various sources for his own political TV ads. The Arpaio campaign relied heavily on Arpio’s national name recognition to gather donations from supporters.
It seems Soros’s efforts in Arizona helped Paul Penzone win the election. Penzone won against Arpaio 54 percent to 45 percent.