(Right Country) – It’s been fun to see Jussie Smollett in the headlines again, especially considering it’s because he’s been charged once again with orchestrating a hate hoax against himself last year.
We’re so glad to see it isn’t being buried.
It remains nonetheless completely outrageous that he ever got off in the first place when the evidence was all there.
But follow the money, and the usual suspects are all there.
Rachel Hinton of the Chicago Sun-Times reports:
A political action committee founded by liberal billionaire philanthropist — and Donald Trump nemesis — George Soros kicked $2 million to a committee supporting Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx in her re-election bid against three Democratic primary challengers.
A mega donor to Democrats and liberal causes, the hedge fund operator’s Democracy PAC transferred $2 million into the Illinois Justice and Public Safety PAC on Wednesday.
Legally, a PAC that receives large sums of donations and supports a candidate cannot coordinate with said candidate.
So, as LifeSite reports, Foxx is not directly receiving money from Soros, but Soros cash is being funneled into her re-election campaign for state’s attorney.
Her re-election would cement the kind of crony politics that allowed Smollett to escape prosecution when Foxx’s office decided not to pursue charges against him for the staged hate hoax and for using up so much of police resources and time with his stupid games.
Foxx had claimed she recused herself for “familiarity with potential witnesses” but still opted not to appoint a special prosecutor as required when there is a conflict of interest.
Instead, she had a subordinate under her take control over the case, which led to the prosecution being declined.
Thankfully, such blatant corruption was called out by Chicago’s chief of police amid a massive, nation-wide public backlash, and a special prosecutor was appointed to pursue the case and investigate Foxx.
Now, the notorious state’s attorney faces a primary election on March 17 and is feigning penitence.
In the middle of a video announcing her reelection campaign, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx did something few Chicago politicians do: She admitted fault.
Foxx had been criticized by President Trump, the Fraternal Order of Police and many Chicagoans for her office’s decision in March to drop all 16 felony disorderly conduct charges against actor Jussie Smollett, who police say staged a racist and homophobic attack involving two men with a noose. Then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) called Foxx’s decision “a whitewash of justice.” Trump characterized it as “a real big scam.”
“Truth is, I didn’t handle it well. I own that,” Foxx (D) said in her two-minute video.
Foxx has three Democratic challengers in the primary, including Bill Conway who has a billionaire father.
More from the Sun-Times:
Conway’s campaign coffers have been bolstered by donations from his dad, William E. Conway Jr., one of the founders of the private equity firm the Carlyle Group. More than 88% of the challenger’s total warchest came from his dad, the Sun-Times found last month.
The senior Conway has a net worth of $3.5 billion, according to Forbes.
Two days ago, a poll released showed that Foxx and Conway are tied at 26% for support among Democrats with the other two challengers at 10%. 36% remain undecided.
The Soros’ money is a likely last-ditch effort to woo these undecided voters.
Foxx is the obvious choice for the progressive’s favorite soft-on-crime policies, as the Chicago Crusader reports:
United Working Families, Real Justice PAC, the Chicago Federation of Labor, Personal PAC, and the Wheeling Township of Democrats have all endorsed Foxx, the first Black female Cook County State’s Attorney who is seeking a second term in office. (snip)
United Working Families Executive Director Emma Tai said in a statement, “As Cook County State’s Attorney, Kim Foxx has fought tirelessly against the root causes of violence and mass incarceration. She has exonerated 80 wrongful convictions, reduced prosecution of low-level offenses, and worked to expunge over 1,000 low-level possession convictions. These measures are essential to undoing the racist legacy and continued harm to communities of color under the failed War on Drugs.”
Real Justice PAC said, “Kim championed alternatives to incarceration and expunged tens of thousands of marijuana convictions. The number of people sentenced to jail or prison dropped by 20 percent. Her record speaks for itself. She is the reformer that Chicago needs.”
Chicago Federation of Labor President Bob Reiter said in a statement: “The Chicago Federation of Labor is proud to endorse State’s Attorney Kim Foxx in her campaign for re-election. While there is still much work to be done to help lift up communities that face social inequity, Kim has worked tirelessly towards making sure our criminal justice system works for everyone.”
“The only way we can continue our work to protect women’s rights is with progressive-minded elected officials by our side. Kim Foxx is that elected official that we can count on,” said Personal PAC President and CEO Terry Cosgrove in a statement. “She is a warrior for women and part of the Personal PAC community. We proudly support her bid for re-election.”
Wheeling Township Democrats: “State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has been a leader, and national example, of what real criminal justice reform looks like. She delivers true justice and equity to Cook County families and we know she will continue to do that work for the next four years. We’re proud to join her in this re-election campaign and provide our endorsement,” said Representative Mark Walker, committeeman for Wheeling Township Democrats.
The Soros money actually indicates, at the end of the day, that Foxx is in panic and Chicago may actually rise above generations of Democrat corruption and elect someone at least halfway honest instead.