- Associated Press - Friday, October 14, 2016

HOUSTON (AP) - Billionaire financier George Soros is putting a half-million dollars toward an advertising campaign on behalf of the Democratic nominee for Harris County district attorney.

Soros is a longtime backer of liberal causes who’s trying to boost the efforts of challenger Kim Ogg to unseat Republican incumbent Devon Anderson.

The Houston Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/2e3y7X1 ) that Soros has contributed to district attorney races in Florida, New Mexico and elsewhere.

Campaign finance records show he’s also given to Democrats in sheriff and other races.

Soros-backed ads appear to show he wants to reduce perceived racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

Ogg has pledged to focus tax dollars away from misdemeanor marijuana charges and toward prosecution of violent criminals.

An Anderson spokesman says Ogg has abandoned “the values and standards of our community.”

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Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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