Soros and his daughter, Andrea Soros Colombel, have been funding a joint fundraising committee and political action committee that have poured cash into congressional leftist’ campaign accounts. The joint fundraising venture, called Lead the Way 2022, and the PAC, the Way to Lead PAC, have been supporting the campaigns of Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., and 12 other leftist candidates part of the “Defund the Police” movement.
Federal Election Commission records show that Colombel donated $100,000 to Lead the Way 2022, and Soros moved $100,000 from his Democracy PAC to the Way to Lead’s non-contribution account, which is used for advertisements. These donations make Soros and Colombel the committees’ top respective backers.
Lead the Way 2022 then transferred nearly $40,000 into Bush’s campaign coffers, and $28,000 into Rana Abedelhamid’s campaign. Abdelhamid is running in New York’s 12th congressional district and has called defunding law enforcement a feminist “priority.”
The committee also donated $28,000 to Kina Collins, a candidate in Illinois’ 7th district who attended a defund the police rally and called for the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and $41,000 to Odessa Kelly, who is running in Tennessee’s 7th district and said she is “on board” with the groups “leading the defund-the-police charge.”
Bush has been, by far, the most outspoken advocate for defunding the police. Even after Democrat leadership urged its congressional members to avoid the unpopular and controversial policy, Bush vowed she would never stop using the “defund the police” slogan.
“I always tell [fellow Democrats], ‘If you all had fixed this before I got here, I wouldn’t have to say these things,’” she said.
Soros has long been a supporter of overhauling the criminal justice system, pouring tens of millions of dollars into the campaigns of leftist district attorneys and lawmakers.