Warning: Far-left dark money groups will subvert election

Sep 14, 2020 by

A report issued by a conservative watchdog group warns that a network of left-wing groups is poised to use a significant amount of untraced dark money to “carpet-bomb” the 2020 presidential election.

“Liberals may complain about [the evils of] ‘dark money’ meddling in elections, but a $600 million empire has been aiding Democrats for years with almost no scrutiny from the media or the left,” Capital Research Center’s (CRC) report forewarned. “If 2018 is any indicator, we should expect to see the left carpet-bomb the 2020 presidential election with buckets of anonymous cash …”

Charity fronts for the radical left?

The radical left network as based around four nonprofit “sisters:” the New Venture Fund, Sixteen Thirty Fund, Hopewell Fund and Winward Fund – which are all operated from the office of a major for-profit consultancy firm located in the heart of the nation’s capital – Arabella Advisors.

“Since 2006, this network has pumped a stunning $2.4 billion into politics with nary a peep from ‘dark money’ hawks such as Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.,) while liberal groups bemoan the threat of conservative political spending to the republic,” the CRC report noted.

In another report CRC published last year, called “Big Money in Dark Shadows,” it revealed how Arabella amassed a half-a-billion-dollar empire by using “pop-up” groups appearing one day and gone the next via its “slick websites” masquerading as solitary grassroot activist groups – behind a façade hiding its powerful network of in-house nonprofits that caters to special interests and ultra-wealthy foundations.

“[The report also] exposed how a private company commanding hundreds of millions of dollars tried to block the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, fundamentally transform the nation’s health care system, and inflict abortion-on-demand laws on a country that rejects them,” CRC recounted, noting how the more than $500 million was commandeered by former Clinton administration appointee Eric Kessler while overseeing things at Arabella.

This big money is a major concern for Republicans, as it dwarfs the amount taken in by conservative nonprofit groups – the Heritage Foundation’s revenue in 2018 was $82 million, while Americans for Prosperity’s was $58 million.

“In contrast, the Arabella network brought in almost eight times more than Heritage and 11 times more than Americans for Prosperity,” CRC divulged.

Smoke and Mirrors?

Denying CRC’s findings as a “gross mischaracterization” of its operations and client groups, Arabella Advisors Spokesperson Steve Sampson defended his network tooth-and-nail.

“Arabella Advisors is a consulting business that supports effective philanthropy and impact investing,” Sampson told Fox News when asked about its questionable operations revealed by CRC. “Our clients include a variety of nonprofit organizations that hire Arabella for shared administrative services – including the New Venture Fund, the Sixteen Thirty Fund, the Hopewell Fund and the Windward Fund. These nonprofits make grants to a range of projects across the ideological spectrum – most of which have nothing to do with politics. Arabella Advisors is not the source of funding for any of these organizations, and we do not exert control over the spending decisions of our clients.”

However, Sampson’s assertion does not hold water to a piece run by left-leaning Politico last year, which obtained and uncovered documents revealing a “green wave” of campaign cash it called “an unprecedented gusher of secret money” that it said provided a major push for Democrats and liberal causes in 2018.

“The Sixteen Thirty Fund – a little-known nonprofit headquartered in Washington – spent $141 million on more than 100 left-leaning causes during the midterm election year, according to a new tax filing from the group,” Politico divulged in November. “The money contributed to efforts ranging from fighting Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and other Trump judicial nominees to boosting ballot measures raising the minimum wage and changing laws on voting and redistricting in numerous states.”

The Sixteen Thirty Fund was exposed by CRC as Arabella’s “in-house lobby shop” that continued the legacy of the long “dead” controversial ACORN fundraising group affiliated with former President Barack Obama – a group said to act as a “tool for the professional left, created by Arabella Advisors with funding from some of the biggest organizations in progressive activism.”

Yet Arabella Advisors Executive Director Amy Kurtz maintains her group is dedicated to bringing fairness and equity to the political playing field.

“The Sixteen Thirty Fund is confronting the biggest social challenges in our country through fiscal sponsorship, advocacy and electoral action like many other 501c4 organizations, and we are committed to following the current laws to level the playing field for progressives in this election,” Kurtz stated to Fox News.

According to CRC, political activism – not sponsored philanthropic activity as the group claims – is the focus of these groups’ activities.

“[Arabella’s] definition of ‘charity’ nearly always involves changing public policy, and it’s blunt that the Arabella empire provides a model of how to push every edge of the legal envelope in order to score political victories by blending nonprofits and for-profits,” CRC contends.

It was further noted that even though the New Venture Fund donated to one Alaskan substance abuse and mental nonprofit, such instances are the exception – not the norm.

“The rest are the left’s bread-and-butter political groups,” CRC added before mentioning donations to “left-wing voter turnout groups” such as When We All Vote – co-chaired by former first lady Michelle Obama and her husband’s ex-White House adviser, Valeri Jarrett.

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