Dem Heavyweights Back BLM Bail Fund That Freed Would-Be Assassin
Louisville Community Bail Fund freed activist charged with trying to murder Jewish mayoral candidate
The bail fund that freed a Louisville, Ky., Black Lives Matter activist charged with trying to murder a Jewish mayoral candidate is backed by Democratic fundraising juggernaut ActBlue, a progressive political group affiliated with the “Squad,” and a liberal nonprofit funded by George Soros.
The Louisville Community Bail Fund, an affiliate of the city’s Black Lives Matter chapter, posted $100,000 bail on Wednesday to spring Quintez Brown from jail following his arrest on charges of trying to assassinate Jewish Democratic mayoral hopeful Craig Greenberg. The group’s ability to quickly procure such a hefty sum comes thanks to its support from prominent Democratic organizations.
The bail fund, for example, has an active page on ActBlue, the political fundraising platform used universally by Democratic candidates across the country. Justice Democrats—a far-left PAC that supports Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) and Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.)—also actively fundraises for the bail group on the platform. Contributions sent to the Louisville Community Bail Fund through ActBlue are routed through the Tides Center, a liberal dark money behemoth that has received millions of dollars from Soros. Tides gave nearly $740,000 to the bail fund in 2020, tax filings show.
The Louisville Community Bail Fund’s presence on the Democratic Party’s leading fundraising platform undercuts party leaders’ repeated denials of being soft on crime. The Democratic National Committee used ActBlue to rake in nearly $500 million in 2020, the same year Vice President Kamala Harris used the platform to promote a similar bail fund that freed an alleged domestic abuser weeks before he was arrested again for murder.
ActBlue, Justice Democrats, and the Tides Center did not return requests for comment.
On Monday, police charged Brown with attempted murder and four counts of wanton endangerment after he allegedly entered Greenberg’s campaign office, pulled a gun, and began shooting. A prominent Louisville activist, Brown accused police of working to “maintain the status quo of the spectacular Black death” in a 2021 Louisville Courier Journalcolumn. Greenberg, meanwhile, is an unabashed supporter of police—his campaign is centered on a plan to root out violent crime by hiring more law enforcement officers.