SixteenThirty Fund Pays Over $750K to Lobby Groups Working to Influence Senators on Voting Rights Act
Darkness Pennies A group funded by a Swiss billionaire foreign national is spending heavily to get liberal Democrats to support a voting rights law, which Republicans have hailed as another electoral power grab by Democrats, the filing shows.
Between 2019 and 2021, the Sixteen Thirty Fund paid more than $750,000 to lobby groups working to influence senators on voting rights legislation, documents Display.
The Sixteen Thirty Fund, which operates as a 501(c)(4) non-profit, is a black money group that directs money from donors to the projects it sponsors, effectively Allows funding sources to remain anonymous. It acts as a financial sponsor for over 50 groups that do not have tax-exempt status or exist as separate incorporated entities.
The non-profit incubator is closely associated with Arabella Advisors, a firm that advises charities and nonprofits on where to give money. It was founded by Eric Kessler, a former Clinton administration appointee who serves as chairman and chairman of the Sixteen Thirty Fund.
Arabella Advisors provides “professional and administrative services” to nonprofits, including “providing systems and services to ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations relating to charitable solicitation and human resources, legal, payroll and other administrative services.” providing work”. recent tax filing.
Most of the lobbying money — $630,000 — went to outside firm Keef Singer Partners to lobby for a range of issues, including the DC state, the For the People Act (HR1) and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (HR4). The Voting Rights Act is known as HR4.
The act would address a 2013 Supreme Court decision that made it more difficult for the federal government to block racially discriminatory voting laws and redistribute proposals. The law was named in honor of longtime Democratic congressman and civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis, who died last year. House Democrats passed the bill last month, but it faced an uphill battle in the 50-50 Senate.
Coalition of 23 State Attorney Generals sent a letter Congress leaders last week threatened to sue to block the Democrat-backed law from being implemented, calling the law “unnecessary but unconstitutional” if it becomes law.
Keefe Singiser Partners is led by Sen. Gene Shaheen, DN.H’s former chief of staff Maura Keefe, and Dana Singiser, a former special assistant during the Obama administration.
The Sixteen Thirty Fund also paid $150,000 to Countups Denham Carr & Reed between 2020 and 2021 to advocate for issues related to democracy reform and election integrity, including HR1. One of Kountoupes Denham Carr & Reid’s lobbyists is MJ Kenny, who spent nearly a decade working for Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill. According to LinkedIn, between 2010 and 2019, Kenny held several roles, including legislative correspondent and deputy floor director Profile.
Many of the biggest donors and organizations in Democratic politics belong to the Sixteen Thirty Fund, including Mike Bloomberg, who donated $250,000 in 2018 to the Change Now-affiliated Super PAC of the Sixteen Thirty Fund. politician.
Democratic donor group Democracy Alliance, which has dozens of members including billionaire George Soros, suggested donors invest several million dollars in the SixteenThirty Fund.
one in Confidential memorandum from spring 2019, The coalition had instructed its members to pass cash to initiatives held in Arabella as part of a plan to advance progressive efforts and spend $275 million to defeat former President Donald Trump in 2020.
The Sixteen Thirty Fund has also received millions from Swiss billionaire Hansjörg Weiss, whose two organizations donated $208 million from 2016 to three other nonprofits beginning last year, which gave money to groups supporting progressive causes. and helped the Democrats win the White House. The New York Times reported.
Wyss has not disclosed whether he is a US citizen or not.
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As the Times reports, the Berger Action Fund, an arm of the Voice Foundation, donated more than $135 million to the SixteenThirty Fund between the spring of 2016 and the spring of 2020.
While the SixteenThirty Fund is used to house nonprofits that are supported by secret donors, incubators were also used as an avenue to run. $55 million Supported in anonymous cash in Super Pac President Bidens 2020 campaign, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
Rake in Arabella-managed funds, including New Venture Fund, Windward Fund and Hopewell Fund $715 million in 2019. The fund house projects beneath them include Demand Justice, Fix Our Senate, Demand Progress and dozens of other groups. It also gave large sums of money to outside organizations such as the Center for American Progress, America Votes, Center for Popular Democracy and Color of Change.
Critics of black money, who obscure the source of the money, argue that voters should know who is funding political advertisements and campaigns. The Campaign Legal Center, a non-partisan group, called it a “serious threat to our democracy”, and Issue One, another non-partisan group that aims to reduce the influence of money in politics, criticized it.most toxic force in politics“
Although Democrats had previously introduced legislation to crack down on black money donations, that didn’t stop them from accepting anonymous donations themselves as they fought to defeat Trump. Indeed, a report published by bloomberg news Turns out Biden made nearly $145 million in donations from unknown donors to outside groups he supports, far more than the $28.4 million he spent on behalf of his rival.
Sixteen Thirty Fund did not respond to Granthshala Business’s request for comment.
Granthshala News’ Cameron Cawthorne, Joe Schofstall and Tyler Olson contributed to this report.