As part of his quest to overhaul the U.S. justice system, billionaire George Soros is targeting local prosecutor races like the one in Houston’s Harris County. Morris Overstreet, a former judge who was the first African American elected to statewide office in Texas since Reconstruction, was one of the beneficiaries. Overstreet received $100,000 from Soros in the race for Harris County district attorney. In a rare lost bet for Soros, Overstreet was defeated easily in the Democratic primary in March by Kim Ogg, a white woman from a prominent political family who has practiced law in Harris County for 30 years, reports the Daily Signal.
Soros pledged allegiance to Ogg, but she insists she doesn’t have a mandate from Soros. In fact, she says she’s never spoken to or met with him. In most of the dozen prosecutor races he helped finance, Soros did not coordinate at all with the candidate he supported, they said. Instead, he operated independently by giving money to various state-level political action committees (PACs) and a national “527” unlimited-money group, each identified by a variation on “Safety and Justice.” David Alan Sklansky, a Stanford University professor and former federal prosecutor, said that only a “handful” of races for the 2,500 district attorneys’ offices nationwide included candidates with “reform-oriented” agendas, and of those that did, most did not involve contributions from Soros.