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Soros-funded group once bailed out suspect in Texas attacks: Report

Shane James, 24, faces capital murder charges from the incident, but also has three other cases pending.

Published: December 6, 2023 7:48pm

The man charged with murder related to a string of deadly attacks that killed six in Austin, Texas, and Bexar County this week, secured release from jail in 2022 after being bonded out by a bail reform group funded by left-wing megadonor George Soros's Open Societies Foundation.

Shane James, 24, faces capital murder charges from the incident, but also has three other cases pending, according to KSAT. He left prison in 2022 after being bailed out by the Texas Organizing Project (TOP), which supports reforming the existing bail system. Citing Bexar County booking records, KSAT reported that TOP Statewide Policy Coordinator Laquita Garcia bailed him out at the time.

Open Societies currently lists five contributions to TOP or the TOP Education Fund from 2017-2021, amounting to $2.265 million in total. Capital Research Investigative Researcher Parker Thayer first identified the contributions. The most recent donation, in 2021, was for $565,000 "to support policy advocacy on democracy reform and government accountability in Texas."

Open Societies is led by Soros and his son, Alex, who currently serves as its chairman. 

"The Open Society Foundations give grants to a diverse array of groups and individuals in more than 100 countries who work in different ways to promote democratic principles, human rights, and justice," the organization's website states. "We support this work at both national and global levels through advocacy in our own name, as well as through impact investing and legal action."

In the United States, Soros's support for pro-bail reform district attorneys and law enforcement candidates has attracted particular scrutiny, with Republicans contending that his preferred officials pursue policies that make crime worse in the name of social justice.

Just the News has sought comment from the Texas Organizing Project.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on X, formerly Twitter.

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