Democrats decried black money in politics, but used it to defeat Trump

Steve Sampson, a spokesperson for Arabella, sought to downplay the company’s role or its comparisons to the Koch network, portraying it as providing administrative services rather than a strategy for building the extra-party infrastructure of left. “We work for the nonprofit, not the other way around,” he said in a statement.

Left and right, black money hubs were mixing policy-oriented spending with fewer policy initiatives. The Koch Network’s main financial hub donated $575,000 to the LeBron James Family Foundation. Hopewell has donated nearly $3.8 million to a clinic that provides abortion services and more than $2 million to a Tulane University fund.

In evaluating which nonprofits to include in its analysis, the Times considered both their spending on politically oriented efforts, as well as their relationships with allied groups. Some large institutions, such as the National Rifle Association and the Sierra Club, are involved in politics but have been excluded because they have spent a lot of money on member-oriented activities.

The analysis includes three of the five nonprofits administered by Arabella, including a charity, the Hopewell Fund. He’s donated to groups working to reduce the role of big money in politics, but he’s also donated $8.1 million to a black money group called Acronym, which has spent millions of dollars in Facebook advertising and backed a company called Mail this articles published in favor of the Democrats and received millions of dollars from black money groups. He was paid $2.6 million by a nonprofit linked to House Democratic leadership to promote articles.

Hopewell also sponsored a project called the Democracy Docket Legal Fund that sued to block Republican-backed voting restrictions passed across the country. It was led by a prominent Democratic Party election lawyer, Marc E. Elias. His company at the time, Perkins Coie, was paid $9.6 million by Hopewell, according to tax filings, and another $11.6 million by the Biden-backing nonprofit group Priorities USA.

Two other groups, the Voter Participation Center and the Center for Voter Information, spent a total of $147.5 million in 2020 to register and engage voters. They described their targets as “young people, people of color and single women” – a demographic that tends to lean towards Democrats – and said they registered 1.5 million voters in 2020.

Tom Lopach, a former Democratic strategist who now leads the two groups, said their work was apolitical and “an extension of civil rights efforts.”

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