A political action committee funded by Democratic donor George Soros has made large contributions to two candidates attempting to unseat Democratic prosecutors in Northern Virginia primary races.
The support for Arlington County commonwealth’s attorney candidate Parisa Tafti and Fairfax County commonwealth’s attorney candidate Steve Descano could affect contests that rarely receive national attention, The Washington Post reported.
While Tafti and Descano welcomed the contributions, incumbents Theo Stamos and Raymond F. Morrogh said the money binds the challengers to the agenda of an outsider.
Soros-aligned PACs have given heavily to local prosecutor races across the country in recent years, helping tip contests to reformist Democratic candidates in Philadelphia, Chicago, Houston and elsewhere, the paper reported.
Soros and other criminal justice reform activists have targeted prosecutor races because the local offices wield wide power over who gets charged, what charges they face and who goes free on bond.
Tafti and Descano each received more than $50,000 in in-kind contributions from the Virginia Justice and Public Safety PAC this year, according to recently released campaign contribution figures cited by the paper. In-kind contributions pay for polling, mailers and other campaign services. A mailer funded by the PAC went out to Arlington residents over the weekend.
The PAC is now both candidates’ largest donor, and the contributions represent major portions of the $139,000 and $146,000 Tafti and Descano have raised, respectively. And, thanks to the PAC’s donations, each candidate now has raised more than the incumbent in the race. Both Morrogh and Stamos have raised roughly $106,000.