Soros, for example, donated at least $1.5 million to the California Justice and Safety PAC, which backed Democrat George Gascón of Los Angeles. Shalena Cook Jones, the Democratic district attorney-elect for Chatham County in Georgia, also won her race after receiving around $80,000 in advertising support from that same PAC, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.
In St. Louis, Soros' PACs reportedly contributed $116,000 to Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner's re-election bid, which she won. Earlier this year, Gardner brought felony charges against Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who were armed with guns while confronting protesters at their home.
Just last year, The Washington Post reported that the Justice and Public Safety PAC had fed progressive challengers nearly $1 million in Arlington and Fairfax Counties' Democratic primaries for prosecutor. And back in 2016, a Republican running for district attorney in Henry County, Georgia exited the race after Soros Fund Management backed his opponent.
“After consulting with my family and trusted advisers, it has become clear that we will most likely not be successful against an unlimitedly financed opponent, and I refuse to put my family through what has transpired in other Soros-backed elections," attorney Matt McCord said at the time.
His opponent, now-District Attorney Darius Pattillo, alleged at the time that Soros hadn't donated directly to him or his campaign. Because of the nature of PACs, they can attempt to influence elections with large sums of money without directly contributing to a particular campaign.
"[B]y fanning the flames of George Soros and making them think there's a ghost behind the curtain, we are getting away from the principles of equality and justice for all and that's the only thing I'm trying to offer these people," Jones indicated that the focus on Soros was a distraction.
She added that she had "done the hard work of raising money for my race. If they have invested that money in me, I didn't ask for it and I don't know anything about it."
Conservatives have been accused of turning Soros into a boogeyman but according to Dan Gainor, vice president at the conservative Media Research Center, and others, Soros's influence is real.
"This has been a Soros-funded operation for several years designed to influence local legal systems around the country," he told Fox News on Wednesday.
Gainor pointed to a Los Angeles Times report on Soros spending more than $16 million on county races outside of California.
"Soros knows that district attorneys and states attorneys have incredible power.. He threw $2 million into the campaign of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, who dropped the charges in the Jussie Smollett case."
The Open Society Foundation, which Soros founded, did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment.
His financial activities caught the attention of Attorney General William Barr, who warned last year that the trend would lead to more violent crime