Steve Sampson, a spokesman for Arabella, sought to downplay the company or compare it to the Koch network, seeing it as providing administrative services rather than strategizing how to build a base. infrastructure on the left. “We work for nonprofits, not the other way around,” he said in a statement.
To the left and right, money centers mix politically oriented spending with fewer political initiatives. The Koch network’s main financial hub has given $575,000 to the LeBron James Family Foundation. Hopewell gave nearly $3.8 million to a clinic that provided abortion services and more than $2 million to a Tulane University foundation.
When considering which nonprofits to include in its analysis, The Times looked at both their spending on politically oriented efforts, as well as their relationships with allied groups. . Some large organizations, such as the National Rifle Association and the Sierra Club, are politically involved but are excluded because they spend a lot on membership-oriented activities.
The analysis included three of the five nonprofits run by Arabella, including one charity, the Hopewell Foundation. It donates to groups that work to reduce the role of big money. in the political arena, but it also gave $8.1 million to a dark money group called Acronym, which spent millions of dollars for Facebook ads and support a company called Courier Newsroom that published articles pro-Democrats and get millions of dollars from dark money groups. It was paid $2.6 million by a nonprofit affiliated with the leadership of House Democrats to promote the articles.
Hopewell has also funded a project called the Democratic Docket Legal Fund filed lawsuits to block Republican-backed voting restrictions issued nationwide. It is led by a leading Democratic election attorney, Marc E. Elias. His company at the time, Perkins Coie, was paid $9.6 million by Hopewell, according to tax returns, and another $11.6 million by the Biden Priorities USA nonprofit group.
Two other groups, the Voter Engagement Center and the Voter Information Center, have spent a combined $147.5 million in 2020 on voter registration and advocacy. They describe their target as “young adults, people of color and unmarried women” – a demographic that tends to lean Democratic – and said they have registered 1.5 million voters by 2020. .
Tom Lopach, a former Democratic strategist who now runs both groups, said their work was apolitical and was “an extension of civil rights efforts”.
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