Dark money for Dem’s sound hypocritical, right? It is more “Do as I say not as I do” from them. There is a rapidly growing $800 million dark money network. It is helping anonymous donors pour a record amount of money into voter registration groups.
We have at least one recipient group operating in NH. Their focus is on increasing Democratic Party turnout ahead of the election.
One such group here in New Hampshire is Rights and Democracy (RAD). They have enough money to be able to hire organizers and bring them in from other states. They are aligned with the professional Left. All the causes they espouse seem to be leftist. They do not understand NH yet. But they will learn.
The Tides Foundation is a national organization. One thing it does is to facilitate left-wing donors in funding political activism anonymously. It received over $800 million across its non-profit network in 2019. That is a dramatic rise over previous figures.
Much of that money went to “Get Out the Vote” (GOTV) campaigns in the 2020 election cycle. Some of the recipients were the Voter Registration Project, Rock the Vote, and the Voter Participation Center. They exploit IRS non-profit rules to register new voters.
The IRS helps by not policing non-profits
The media would like it if we believe this effort occurs in Democratic-leaning areas. They would like it even better if you believe this activity delivered key battleground states to Biden. The IRS considers voter registration a “charitable” activity. That is for 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) nonprofits, assuming it isn’t explicitly partisan.
Here’s the thing, self-identified progressive non-profit organizations take donations. In doing so, they voluntarily subject themselves to IRS rules. When they are progressive and they target Democrat constituencies, the non-profit ice is pretty thin. Focusing in battleground states during election years the effect is anything but non-partisan.
Their tax-deductible funding comes from undisclosed sources on the left. It is then passed through Tides. Tides caters strictly to leftist political groups and leftist voter registration groups. Such organizations vastly outnumber similar groups on the right.
The vast sums poured into these efforts also run counter to the narrative on the left. Leftists say they abhor dark money in politics. At the same time it is the main user of dark money. Act Blue is another of these pass through groups.
Games with non-profits have been going on at the IRS for a while
The key issue is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit’s intent. It may raise questions if a 501(c)(3) nonprofit attempts to determine voter preference. It is problematic if they qualify political party affiliation. Doing either before encouraging them to vote is likely afoul of IRS statutes.
The game here is: Determining whether a nonprofit’s voter registration efforts are entirely non-partisan is difficult to verify. Without it opting to publicly release that information nobody, at this point, cares or checks. There are lots of people like Lois Lerner at the IRS busy looking the other way. The political proclivity has been determined. Settlement money changed hands because of its actions and inactions.
The Voter Registration Project (VRP) received $850,000 from Tides. It targets African-American, Latino, Native American, and other likely left-leaning constituencies. Ostensibly they do mobilization. VRP also channels grants to state based allies doing similar drives.
There are similar drives including One Arizona, New Florida Majority, and New Georgia Project. The New Georgia Project founder is Stacey Abrams. Ms. Abrams was a 2018 gubernatorial candidate. She is an influential Democratic activist.
The Tides Foundation gave $206,000 through grants to Rock the Vote and Rock the Vote Action Fund. They turn out young and Leftist voters. They claim nonpartisanship but it is not true. Rock the Vote accuses Republicans of fueling “dangerous conspiracy theories and hate.” The group supports abolishing the Electoral College. Tides has channeled at least $2 million to Rock the Vote since 2006.
Tides also gave $180,000 to the Voter Participation Center (VPC). They claim to be a GOTV group targeting “unmarried women, millennials, [and] minorities…” It spent at least $582,000 on pro-Democratic independent expenditures in the 2020 election. VPC has received roughly $2.1 million from Tides since 2008.
Other Tides grants in 2019 went to ACRONYM. It was their data app Shadow Inc. which bungled the Iowa Democratic caucuses in February 2020. Catalist is a leading data company formed by Clinton family operatives. There have been accusations made against it of illegally offering leftist groups services at below market rates.
The Black Voters Matter Fund is a leftist GOTV group. It is aligned with the Marxist Black Lives Matter. A branch of the Tides Center responsible for spawning new advocacy organizations took control of a top Black Lives Matter group (the BLM Global Network Foundation) last July. This puts the leftist movement squarely in the middle of Tides’ professional activist network.
How big are the dollars?
Since 2007, the Tides network has spent over $4.3 billion this way. Almost all of the spending benefits leftist political groups.
Few of Tides’ donors are known. Previously identified donors to the network include: the Ford Foundation, George Soros’s Open Society Foundations, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. These are all major donors to leftist causes and politically active nonprofits.
How is this different from money laundering? It is certainly boosting the effectiveness of dark money by not paying taxes as required by statute. The question is: Are you breaking the law if you are not prosecuted? For leftists, the ends justify the means.
Tides has no requirement to publicly disclose its donors. It does have a requirement to disclose only its own grant recipients. The ultimate source of these grants is virtually impossible to identify. This is making the pass through network one of the largest “dark money” donors.
Wonder where the money in politics comes from?
It operates on the left providing a valuable service to leftist donors. It provides anonymity to those leftists looking to support political causes without coming out of the closet. The flow of “dark” dollars goes from anonymous donors to activists using a pass through. This is a hallmark of the professional left.
The professional Left boasts hundreds of such groups. They form an outer web surrounding the Democratic Party. This echo chamber pushes the party further to the left on nearly all issues. From abortion on demand to gun control and campaign finance they are there.