George Soros-backed political group supporting candidate in Arkansas prosecuting lawyer’s race

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A George Soros-backed political group has thrown greater than $100,000 behind a candidate for prosecuting lawyer in Little Rock, Arkansas, in keeping with on-line data.  

Monetary records present the Arkansas Justice and Public Security PAC fashioned in late April, with Soros being its unique funder. 

Of the $321,000 Soros has given to the group, greater than $106,000 has gone to supporting Alicia Walton, a former public defender working for the vacated place of prosecuting lawyer for the Sixth Judicial District. The district covers Perry and Pulaski Counties, which incorporates the state capital, Little Rock. 

FILE: George Soros, billionaire and founder of Soros Fund Management LLC, speaks at an event on day three of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. 

FILE: George Soros, billionaire and founding father of Soros Fund Administration LLC, speaks at an occasion on day three of the World Financial Discussion board (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. 
(Simon Dawson/Bloomberg through Getty Pictures)

The funding has been a much-needed increase for Alton who has raised less than $20,000. Her competitor, Will Jones, has raised round $144,000.

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The cash Arkansas Justice and Public Security PAC has spent to date, has gone to analysis, polling, and consulting in help of Walton. That included about $40,000 in the direction of airing adverts on seven Little Rock stations, the Arkansas Instances reported

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Watson, a public defender, told Black Consumer News she would bring her experience in the criminal justice system – both as a prosecutor and a crime victim – to the position she is seeking.  

“With that experience in mind, I will work to empower the victims, dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline, provide a pathway for those with mental health and substance abuse challenges. It is time for the criminal justice system to work for all of us,” she said. 

According to her website, Walton is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and was “instrumental in creating the Pulaski County Veterans Treatment Court.” 

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“Alicia believes that the current criminal legal system is fundamentally flawed and needs reform-minded individuals in order to achieve equity,” her website states. “It’s time for Alicia Walton – the Progressive Candidate.” 

Arkansas Republicans have pounced on the information of Soros’ involvement within the prosecuting lawyer’s race. 

“Crime increases around the Nation where Soros funded Das and Prosecutors reign,” the group wrote in a press release. “Now as crime is on the rise in Little Rock, Soros turns his attention and cash to the Central AR Prosecuting Attorney’s Race, supporting soft on crime Alicia Walton.” 

Arkansas voters will determine who wins the judicial race on Might 24. 

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