ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Mega-donor George Soros, who funded the ongoing Ferguson protests, has waded into the St. Louis City circuit attorney election, funding a television ad for state Rep. Kim Gardner (left). Gardner will compete with three others in the primary election Aug. 2.
At least one ad funded by by Soros’ Safety and Justice committee has been created for Gardner. The ad focuses on Gardner’s plan to Kim Gardner’s Plan to focus on mental health care for non-violent offenders, increase public accountability and to crack down on gang violence.
“Together, we can make St. Louis safe by being smart and tough on crime by reforming a broken system,” she says in the video.
Safety and Justice, which paid for the ad, reported $30,000 in contributions since it was formed April 21. In the July quarterly filings, it reported spending $26,700 on NGP VAN, a Washington-based liberal campaign consulting company and Gordon Loewen Research, a political, focused on progressive issues based in Minneapolis.
Wednesday, Gardner’s campaign reported a $67,693.23 in-kind contribution from Safety and Justice, likely related to the media buy.
So far, time for the ad has only been purchased on cable stations, totaling $52,000 on Charter Communications stations in St. Louis. The ads will run through the primary election.