The advocacy group based by liberal billionaire financier George Soros has dumped $500,000 right into a marketing campaign to defeat a proposal in Austin, Texas, that will bulk up the town’s police division.

Proposition A, an Austin ballot proposal for the Nov. 2 election backed by the group Save Austin Now, would require not less than two Austin law enforcement officials for each 1,000 residents and would offer officers with an extra 40 hours of police coaching every year on matters comparable to weapons proficiency and lively shooter eventualities. 


According to monetary information reviewed by Fox News, Soros’ Open Society Policy Center final week donated $500,000 to Equity Austin, a bunch that’s working to defeat Proposition A.

“It sickens me that out of town billionaires are able to swoop into Austin to fight against citizen-led ballot initiatives,” Austin City Council member Mackenzie Kelly stated in a press release to Fox News. “The purpose of our city’s charter is to allow regular, everyday people to fight for what they believe in when the city council fails them.”

The co-founders of Save Austin Now used the Soros opposition as a fundraising level with supporters.

“Massive out-of-state funding for our opponents show two things: That Austin donors won’t fund the anti-Prop A campaign and that the stakes in this effort to restore public safety to Austin could not be higher,” Matt Mackowiak and Cleo Petricek stated in a joint assertion. “We are now going to fight twice as hard and we hope all our supporters will as well.”

In the wake of the George Floyd protests final 12 months, the Austin City Council voted to chop as much as $150 million from its police division finances – slightly greater than a 3rd of its complete finances – and reinvest that cash into different public providers. The division was partially refunded earlier this 12 months, however not the entire items that have been lower got here again.

Meanwhile, Austin has seen a steep rise in homicides over the previous 12 months, and, attributable to police staffing shortages, residents are being inspired to name 311 as an alternative of 911 to report nonemergencies.