Trump-Tied Dark Money Group Brags About Drafting Voter Suppression Laws

Heritage Action’s Executive Director Jessica Anderson addressing a group meeting

A leaked video obtained by Mother Jones, shows the shocking extent to which a Trump-tied dark money group, Heritage Action For America, is secretly engineering the recent spate of voter suppression laws in Republican-led states. This bombshell revelation, even though not quite surprising, should be a call to action for voting rights activists nationwide, and a reminder to Congressional Democrats, of the dire need for passage of HR1-For The People Act.

In the leaked video, Jessica Anderson, a former Trump administration official and now Executive Director of Heritage Action For America, can be heard talking to a group of donors in Tucson Arizona in late April, and admitting to conduct that leaves absolutely no doubt to any reasonable person, that her group is engineering the voter suppression laws currently springing up in Republican states across the country. She is essentially bragging to the donors about how Heritage Action is drafting voter suppression laws currently being enacted by Republican-led state legislatures.

She can be heard telling the donors, “Iowa is the first state we[Heritage Action] got to work in, and we did it quickly, and we did it quietly. Honestly, nobody noticed.”(see video at 1:05). No reasonable person presented with Jessica Anderson’s “nobody noticed” remarks, can ever conclude that Heritage Action went into Iowa with a mission other than sneaking through a voter suppression law.

Other alarming statements by Jessica Anderson to the GOP donors include;

“At the end of the day, the bill that Governor[Brian] Kemp signed, and the Georgia legislature marshalled through had eight key provisions that Heritage recommended.” (see video at 1:11)

“We are working with these state legislators to make sure they have all of the information they need to draft the bills. In some cases we actually draft them for them, or we have a sentinel on our behalf, give them the model legislation so it has that grassroots, from the bottom up, type of vibe.” (see video at 1:32). This is by far, the most damning part of Jessica Anderson’s presentation. She basically admits that Heritage Action is writing voter suppression laws for the states, and faking their grassroots appeal.

It also bears pointing out that this same Trump-tied dark money group, is also in the forefront of lobbying Congressional Republicans into blocking the HR1-For The People Act, currently being pushed by Congressional Democrats, which among other things, seeks to vastly expand voting rights for all Americans.

Bottom line folks, it appears Heritage Action is the vehicle Trump Republicans are using to push their voter suppression laws targeting minority voters. Voting rights activists in Texas and other emerging purple states, where the voting rights battle is already red hot, must come up with effective strategies to confront Heritage Action and other such right wing anti-democracy groups. Yours Truly is not an attorney, but is reasonable enough to know that some of the statements Jessica Anderson made to the GOP donors, can be very useful in federal lawsuits against these Republican voter suppression laws.

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Liz Warren;”Fox News Is A Hate-For-Profit Racket”

Presidential candidate and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has thrown down the gauntlet on Fox News calling the network a “hate-for-profit racket”. This stems from a squabble the Dem Senator has been having with the conservative news network after she recently declined their invitation to appear for a town hall at the network. Sen Warren initially slammed Fox News saying it is an illegitimate news network that hires a few credible journalists to make it palatable to sponsors. In essence, Sen Warren argued that she didn’t want to give Fox News undeserved credibility by participating in its town hall. It’s important to point out that other Democratic Presidential candidates have participated in Fox News’ town halls.

Sen Warren said about Fox News, “Fox News is a hate-for-profit racket. It’s a racket. And much of America is starting to catch up to them, and that means that they are losing right now, sponsors. This is all about money. They lose sponsors because sponsors don’t want to be associated with the hate. I will find many ways to reach out. I will talk to Fox News reporters, but what I’m not going to do is give them a full hour of my time so they can raise money and raise credibility off it.”

It is not hard to argue with Sen Warren’s reasoning especially if you consider one of the leading lights at Fox News Jeanine Pirro, who has arguably made some of the most hateful and divisive comments ever made by a national news anchor. Jeanine Pirro, a former Judge if you can believe it, was suspended for this hateful rant against a sitting U.S. Congresswoman

Naturally the Warren-Fox News tussle has received a lot of mainstream media coverage, and deservedly so. However, lost in the mainstream media noise is the central argument Sen Warren set out to make–that Fox News is not a legitimate news network. The question as to whether Fox News is a legitimate news network is a very important question if one is to give a fair hearing to Sen Warren’s concerns. Yours Truly has raised this very question in a previous post about the obscene Trump-Fox News affair.

Bottom line, Yours Truly will not fault the mainstream media for covering the fact that Sen Warren will not participate in Fox News town halls because it is a valid news story. However Yours Truly takes great issue with the fact that some in the mainstream media are quick to attack Sen Warren’s Fox News stance without addressing her core argument that Fox News is not a legitimate news network. Reasonable people will agree that if Fox News is not a legitimate news network, then Sen Warren or any other Democratic candidate for that matter, should not be faulted for refusing to participate in the network’s charade.

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Dangerous Koch Brothers Killing Public Transit Projects For Their Own Profit

Yours Truly recently warned you about how the dangerous Koch Brothers’ real intentions behind their Constitutional Convention push is the elimination of Medicare and Medicaid. As if that is not bad enough, we now find out through an excellent New York Times piece that they are also actively derailing public transit projects by cities nationwide because such projects negatively affect their pocketbook(if that’s even possible ). This is greed beyond belief

Cities across the nation grappling with massive traffic jams, high carbon emissions etc have resorted to public transit as a solution. The simple reasoning behind this is that public transit, whether that be public buses or trains reduce the number of vehicles on the roads thereby reducing traffic jams, carbon emissions etc.

The Koch Brothers primary source of income is their refineries which produce among other things gasoline. The more vehicles there are on the streets, the more money Koch Brothers make (gasoline sales). Simply put, public transit is bad for Koch Brothers business and as such they are waging all out warfare against public transit projects nationwide, most of which benefit poor people.


In their war against public transit the Koch Brothers have enlisted the services of activists Americans for Prosperity, whose “grassroots” efforts according to the New York Times article, led to a No-vote on a Nashville, Tennessee public transit system that was previously considered a guaranteed Yes-vote. Needless to say the Koch Brothers pumped a lot of money into Americans for Prosperity for their “grassroots” efforts towards a No-vote.

A spokesman for Koch Industries, David Dziok, when questioned about this apparent conflict of interest not only denied that the Kochs have a financial interest in shooting down public transit projects, but also added the ridiculous statement that the Koch Brothers don’t control the activities of Americans for Prosperity, which they heavily fund–a totally bogus assertion.

The New York Times article also raises a very interesting point that caught Yours Truly’s attention and that is that Koch Brothers apparently have a data service called i360 which gives their activists(Americans for Prosperity) very accurate leads on the kind of voters to target to secure a No-Vote on public transit systems. Given the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal, Yours Truly is very curious as to how the dangerous Koch Brothers compiles this i360 list. Specifically, is i360 also a product of Facebook? Folks, rest assured that Yours Truly will dig into this i360 data service

Bottom line the dangerous Koch Brothers are a menace to Dems and poor people generally. They are not only planning on knocking poor people out of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security with their Constitutional Convention push, they also want to take away public transit.

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