The dark-money megadonors’ main weapon in their scheme to control our democracy is what I call their “flotilla of front groups.”
Some are captured, some are created. There are dozens. There’s the Judicial Crisis Network, which runs TV ads for the court capture scheme. There’s the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and American Petroleum Institute, spreading climate denial. The common link is that they don’t have to disclose their donors, so the special interests bankrolling them can hide their scheme from the public.
No one else in Congress has put in the kind of effort I have to exposing the dark-money scheme and protecting our democracy.
The dark-money scheme is hard to track. That’s by design. The special interests are running a massive covert political operation, and they can’t have the public connect the dots and follow the trail.
Take Leonard Leo, one of the most prominent architects of the scheme. When the Washington Post exposed his $250 million court packing operation run through the Federalist Society, his cover was blown, so he hopped over to a new Judicial Crisis Network front group, the so-called Honest Elections Project, where he started working on the right wing’s latest mischief: voter suppression.
For those of us fighting for transparency in political spending, tracing the clues that reveal this ever-evolving array of sham groups supporting the right-wing wishlist is a lot of work. Like I said, that’s by design. Yet the movement to increase transparency is gaining steam, and I’m leading it.
That’s why the Wall Street Journal editorial page (the “Polluter Page”) has attacked me over two dozen times. That’s why a dark money group has already run ads against me. The bad guys know who’s on their case.
Your support helps fuel this work, and I’m thankful to have you by my side. The dark-money front groups are tough to pin down, but the deep-pocketed donors controlling them are more nervous than ever, because we know what they’re up to.