Republican George Amedore was recently certified as the winner over Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk in an upstate race for the New York state Assembly. His margin of victory was officially a mere 37 votes. And at a price tag (so far) of over $2.3 million, it serves as the costliest election held in New York’s capital region.
One of the biggest campaign contributions for Tkaczyk came from the son of billionaire left-winger George Soros. Jonathan Soros spent $260,000 on this particular campaign in an effort to oust a Republican that Democrats felt could be vulnerable. But it’s what he said afterward that raises eyebrows.
Soros it seems, spent so much money on this campaign as a symbolic commentary on the current state of campaign finance laws.
The biggest donor was Jonathan Soros, a Manhattan hedge fund manager whose father, George Soros, is a billionaire donor to Democratic causes. The younger Soros spent $260,000 — and said he’ll spend more in future campaigns if public financing isn’t enacted.
“The lesson both in this election and elsewhere is that it’s not having a ton of money that makes a difference, but it’s having enough to get your message out and be heard,” Soros told the Times Union. “We were just trying to just allow voters in the districts to get to know her, and a robust public financing system would allow that.”
Soros spent his money on television advertisements produced by his PAC, called Friends of Democracy. Because his ad campaign was independent of Tkaczyk’s efforts, he could spend as much money as he chose — a fact affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision.
Soros spent “as much money as he chose” on an election with the sole intent of making it known that he’d like public financing enacted? Isn’t that akin to robbing a bank while at the same time complaining about people that rob banks?