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How Conservatives Defeated Progressives in Liberal California

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Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media has this commentary on the Proposition 34 death penalty repeal battle in California, one of the few bright spots in a generally dreary election.

The outcome was extraordinary in view of the fact that the measure's backers vastly outspent opponents by millions of dollars. The backers were led by the American Civil Liberties Union, which contributed more than $700,000, while the grass-roots opposition to Proposition 34 was described in news reports as "cash-strapped."

In an extraordinary video recorded in April of 2010, Ann Beeson, then-Executive Director of U.S. Programs for the Soros-funded Open Society Institute, spoke in detail about the campaign to abolish the death penalty. Beeson, a former Associate Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, described to a sympathetic audience how the "death penalty movement" was "underfunded" and "haphazard" in 2005 but with the support of George Soros and other big funders by the end of 2007 had developed "a comprehensive campaign to abolish the death penalty in the United States by the year 2025." The strategy was based on a "sophisticated" document, she said, which included as one of the key claims that the death penalty was just too costly to implement.

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