Zuckerberg does not directly donate to progressive district attorney candidates. En lugar de, his cash has flowed through two nonprofits before hitting a federal PAC, which then pushed it to state-level PACs to benefit candidates. The money has stumped reporters and observers in the past, who could not pinpoint where significant cash was coming from for one such race in Oregon.
The tech billionaire’s largesse joins other deep-pocketed donors, como George Soros, who aim to revamp the justice system.
los Facebook CEO’s money trail starts at Chan Zuckerberg Advocacy, the political arm of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a foundation created by Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan.
En 2017, the advocacy arm provided a $ 10 millón grant to the Accountable Justice Action Fund, a criminal justice fund tied to Open Philanthropy, the charitable vehicle of fellow Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and his wife, Cari Tuna.
El año siguiente, en 2018, the Oregon Law and Justice PAC spent nearly $ 700,000 to support Max Wall, a progressive district attorney candidate who was at the time running in Washington County, Oregón. Whitney Tymas, who acts as treasurer for Soros’ various criminal justice PACs, established the Oregon political action committee, filings submitted to the Oregon secretary of state show.
But Wall’s campaign denied that Soros was backing his candidacy. An anonymous source tied to Wall’s TV ads, the Oregon Law & Justice PAC bankrolled, reiterated the denial.
“A person claiming to represent the New York public relations firm that scheduled Wall’s TV ads said the money was not coming from Soros, but would not reveal the true identity,” a local CBS affiliate reported.
More clues emerged following the election, which Wall ultimately lost.
Filings revelado that a federal PAC called Law and Justice took in $ 2 million almost exclusively from the Accountable Justice Action Fund, which does not disclose its funders. The Oregon Law and Justice PAC received its funding from the committee, filings show.