How Arabella’s black money network drove hysteria over the voter suppression myth

The following is an excerpt adapted from the recently published book “The Myth of Voter Suppression: The Left’s Assault on Clean Elections” (Bombardier Books).

Arabella Advisor’s network has certainly done its part to perpetuate voter suppression hysteria, but the structure of the dark money network makes it hard to tell how many tax-sponsored groups it has or how many are focused on issues. of voting.

Arabella Advisors is a private, for-profit public relations firm that manages four key non-profit organizations. The Sixteen Thirty Fund is a lobbying organization, or 501(c)(4) under the tax code. The New Venture Fund is the education arm, or 501(c)(3). The Hopewell Fund and the Windward Fund are also 501(c)(3) education and research groups under Arabella.

The Arabella Network has raised $1.7 billion in 2020 alone to spend on defeating President Donald Trump, by far the highest amount of any year for the organization which has raised $4.7 billion since then. the launch of the black money network in 2006.

The Capital Research Center first reported on a memo it obtained outlining Arabella’s 2020 election platform, which included front groups that quickly shut down once the election passed. The memo to megadonors claimed to be trying to tackle ‘political alarmism’, ‘attacks on voter registration’, ‘viral misinformation’, ‘disputes over election results’ and ‘post-election violence’ .

It seems absurd that a powerful branch of the suppression hysteria industry is raising a red flag on “political fear campaigning” and “viral misinformation”. Arabella has a large network of fearmongering groups to get Democrats elected.

The Center for Secure and Modern Elections is a project of the New Venture Fund and advocates automatic voter registration, more mail-in voting, and even lower penalties for lying on voter registration forms. It also has a “sister” lobbying organization, CSME Action, which is part of the Sixteen Thirty Fund.

The CSME has strong ties to the non-Arabella Center for Tech and Civic Life, the organization that secured $350 million from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to fund election administration to boost the Democratic vote. in 2020.

As an intermediary organization, the Center for Secure and Modern Elections does not have to establish IRS status or disclose donors, however, several organizations have publicly announced donations aimed at boosting the CSME.

The Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, a network of granting organizations, gave $1 million to the New Venture Fund to expand mail-in voting, some of which likely went to the CSME but may have been split among the other voting groups New Venture.

Although falling short of the fortune Zuckerberg invested in the election race, the Arabella Network also donated $25 million to the Center for Tech and Civic Life. In April 2021, the Center for Tech and Civil Life launched the US Alliance for Election Excellence, a coalition of groups that includes Arabella’s Center for Secure and Modern Elections.

Voting Rights Lab is a project of the New Venture Fund. The lobbying arm, Voting Rights Action, is financially sponsored by Arabella Advisor’s Sixteen Thirty Fund.

Democracy Funders Collaborative Census Subgroup, better known simply as the Democracy Funders Collaborative, is a group of centre-left funders who came together in 2015 to plan a strategy for the 2020 census and how to direct it towards helping democrats. It is a project of the New Venture Fund. Its donors included the Democracy Fund, a separate group founded by eBay co-founder and leftist billionaire Pierre Omidyar, and the Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, a network of funders.

The Democracy Fund and the Wellspring Philanthropic Fund have partnered with the Spitzer Trust, the family foundation of the disgraced former New York Governor, to create the Trusted Elections Fund in 2020. The Trusted Elections Fund, a project of the New Venture Fund, would have had the objective of dealing with “electoral crises”. or disputed election results.

In June 2020, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, a nonprofit organization established in 1966 by Hewlett-Packard co-founder William Hewlett, awarded the New Venture Fund a $1 million grant to strengthen Trusted Elections Fund, according to the Capital Research Center.

Democracy for All 2021 Action is a Sixteen Thirty Fund project that lobbies for automatic registration and Election Day while opposing identity laws. The organization is officially a coalition of 20 groups. Deirdre Schifeling is the Founder and Campaign Director of Democracy for All 2021 Action. Schifeling was also the leader of the Fight Back Table, which was a group preparing for “mass public unrest” in 2020 if Trump was re-elected.

The Fair Elections Center was founded in 2006 as a group sponsored by the New Venture Fund, the organization transitioned into an individual organization in 2018. The Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund gave $1.2 million in 2018 and 2019 at the Fair Elections Center, according to data from the Capital Research Center.

The New Venture Fund also launched Voter Rights Action, with veteran Democratic politician Laura Packard as its founder and apparently the only person involved in the organization. In 2016, while working for MoveOn, Packard turned in about 500,000 signatures on a petition to the Justice Department calling for an investigation into what she said were voter suppression cases in Arizona and Alabama.

• Fred Lucas is Head of Investigative Projects at The Daily Signal and author of the new ‘The Myth of Voter Suppression: The Left’s Assault on Clean Elections’.