Billionaire philanthropist George Soros, who funds progressive drives and causes worldwide, donated another $500,000 to a political action committee opposing the campaign to recall California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom, bringing his total contributions to $1 million.
Filings with the California Secretary of State’s office show Soros’ latest contribution to a group called “Stop The Republican Recall of Governor Newsom” was made on Monday, August 30. It was his third gift to the PAC thus far, following a pair of $250,000 donations.
The New York-based Soros has a history of supporting reform-minded district attorney candidates and criminal justice reform efforts in California.
Voters will decide whether to oust Newsom in a special recall election in less than two weeks on September 14.
The Associated Press reported, “Under state rules, Newsom alone is allowed to raise money in unlimited amounts, while other candidates must adhere to contribution limits.”