The Stacey Abrams group increased funding against the police shortly after she joined their board and with her support

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The Marguerite Casey Foundation, a far-left grant-making organization with Stacey Abrams as a board member, increased its anti-police funding shortly after she joined the group and with her approval, despite her campaign he says he disagrees with the foundation on such issues.

The Abrams campaign previously told Fox News Digital that the second-time Democratic candidate for Georgia governor does not share the same views as the Marguerite Casey Foundation, which she joined in May 2021. The group has expressed support. to defund and abolish the police on several occasions. .

Abrams, who has tried to distance himself from the hard-line rhetoric of “defund the police” movement in the past, he has received at least $52,500 in income from the foundation, according to his financial disclosures.

And while Abrams has kept quiet on the defunding issue on the campaign trail, a foundation press release issued weeks after she became one of its governors shows she supported his expanded anti-police efforts.

Stacey Abrams, Democratic candidate for Governor of Georgia, speaks during a news conference in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. The latest evidence of Donald Trump's influence over Republican voters will be on display on Tuesday night in the crucial Georgia primary race.

Stacey Abrams, Democratic candidate for Governor of Georgia, speaks during a news conference in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. The latest evidence of Donald Trump’s influence over Republican voters will be on display on Tuesday night in the crucial Georgia primary race.
(Photographer: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

STACEY ABRAMS IS A BOARD MEMBER, GOVERNOR OF THE FOUNDATION THAT SUPPORTS #ABOLISHTHEPOLICE

The Marguerite Casey Foundation launched the “Response to the Uprising” initiative in late May 2021, which includes increased financial support for liberal groups working on law enforcement issues. It has also established a coalition with other organizations that provide big money grants that provide support to defund police groups.

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The foundation started the campaign on the first anniversary of the “racial justice uprisings,” which the group said challenged “white supremacy and the systems that keep it one of the most dominant forces in our lives.”

He received the unanimous support of his board, including Abrams.

“This latest initiative has the full support of the Board of Directors of the Marguerite Casey Foundation, which recently appointed seven new change agents to the Board, including Stacey Abrams and Rashad Robinson, President of Color Of Change,” his Press release said.

Stacey Abrams, Democratic candidate for Governor of Georgia, during a 'One Georgia Tour' campaign event in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, on Monday, March 14, 2022. Abrams proved to be the undisputed leader of her party in Georgia as qualified candidate The 2022 election closed on Friday, failing to attract the main challengers in her gubernatorial bid, the Associated Press reported.

Stacey Abrams, Democratic candidate for Governor of Georgia, during a ‘One Georgia Tour’ campaign event in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, on Monday, March 14, 2022. Abrams proved to be the undisputed leader of her party in Georgia as qualified candidate The 2022 election closed on Friday, failing to attract the main challengers in her gubernatorial bid, the Associated Press reported.
(Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The “Answer the Uprising” initiative involved an additional $1.6 million in pledged cash from the Marguerite Casey Foundation to “fund programs and organizations that directly address racial injustice in policing and the justice system.”

“What people were marching and shouting about was the police,” the Survey Response page says.Tens of millions of ordinary people took extraordinary risks to say what they wanted in the clearest possible terms: transform, defund, abolish.”

“They wanted an end to police violence and all forms of racist violence and injustice that are endemic within the criminal justice system,” the page says.

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The Marguerite Casey Foundation recruited other leftist organizations for the initiative, including Borealis Philanthropy, which has partnered with Black Lives Matter. Borealis Philanthropy acts as an intermediary for donors, providing large sums of money to numerous liberal activist groups, including those who want to strip the police of their budget.

The Marguerite Casey Foundation has also given grants to leftist groups that want to defund the police, according to a review of their tax forms.

In 2020, the foundation awarded $250,000 to the Movement for Black Livesa coalition of more than 50 groups, including Black Lives Matter, that wants to “get rid of excessive, brutal and discriminatory policing and invest in a vision of community safety that works for everyone, not just an elite,” according to its website . .

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Stacey Abrams speaks onstage during the 2021 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award gala on December 9, 2021 in New York City.

Stacey Abrams speaks onstage during the 2021 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award gala on December 9, 2021 in New York City.
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The Movement for Black Lives also sent out a text message last summer asking its supporters to sign clemency petitions for Mutulu Shakur and Sundiata Acoli, a former Black Liberation Army leader who masterminded several armed robberies. in Connecticut and New York. In 1981, the Brinks robbery in New York resulted in the deaths of an armed guard and two police officers. Acoli was convicted of murdering New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster during a traffic stop in 1973.

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In 2020, the Marguerite Casey Foundation also awarded $200,000 to the Black Organizing Project, which is part of a committee of 13 groups seeking defund the Oakland police. That same year, the foundation sent $200,000 to the Louisville Community Bail Fund, which rescued a Black Lives Matter activist who tried to assassinate Jewish Democratic mayoral candidate Craig Greenberg in February.

The board of directors of the Marguerite Casey Foundation also includes one of the nation’s most outspoken activists against police defunding. Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change, the “largest online racial justice organization in the country,” joined its board at the same time as Abrams.

Robinson has tweeted his support for defunding the police numerous times, and his group backed a Minneapolis ballot initiative to disband its police department. The unsuccessful effort received $500,000 in backing from a George Soros nonprofit.

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The Marguerite Casey Foundation, likewise, has repeatedly expressed its support for defunding and abolishing the police, as previously reported by Fox News Digital. The group also awarded millions to professors and academics who espouse anti-capitalist and abolitionist views of prisons.

The Abrams campaign and the Marguerite Casey Foundation did not respond to inquiries from Fox News Digital.

Jessica Chasmar and Cameron Cawthorne of Fox News contributed to this report.