Political missteps are to be expected as one of the vicissitudes of life. They happen, you recalibrate, and you keep going. Self-immolation like this, on the other hand, is a whole other problem.
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Since Trump appointees tilted the courts in Conservatives’ favor for first time in generations, Democrats have viewed the court as illegitimate and a problem to solve.
We see this in the open hostility from Schumer’s own ‘reap the whirlwind’ speech on the steps of the Supreme Court when he called out Trump appointees by name.
We see it in a sudden interest in legitimizing the previously-unthinkable possiblity of packing the court. And we see the ground for that battle being prepared in negative stories being shared about Republican nominees to the court. One of their favorite targets is Justice Clarence Thomas. Thomas has been getting a lot of negative press lately.
If that seems coordinated… that’s because it was.
Money was raised by ‘Fix The Court’ — another ‘Arabella Advisors’ brainchild.
Fix the Court, a charity that spun off in 2021 after being a project of the New Venture Fund, a nonprofit group managed by the liberal dark money behemoth and for-profit company Arabella Advisors, is part of a seemingly coordinated campaign calling for Supreme Court justices to disclose more about their finances. Now, the organization is in disarray after unwittingly providing the Washington Examiner with unredacted copies of its own donors in 2021 and 2022.
“As you can see if you’ve reviewed the forms, I’m not a good fundraiser,” Gabe Roth, executive director of Fix the Court and a former vice president at the Democratic consulting firm SKDK, told the Washington Examiner on Wednesday. “I’m not a good CPA. I’m a klutz. Schedule B is not something that is sent out, right? It’s not made public. Like, if you’re donating to a 501(c)(3), the IRS gets to see who donates to you, but the general public doesn’t.”
“I mean, basically, I’ve tried to donate money; I have failed,” Roth added. “I tried to raise money; I have failed. I have only two foundations that give me money, and if their names become public, they’re never going to talk to me again, and Fix the Court is over. My screwup this morning probably cost me my job.”
The executive director added, “I really just don’t know what to do here” and that he “just f***ed up in a minute” after the group had been operating for almost a decade. — WashingtonExaminer
That ‘you’ll never work in this town again’ line must be haunting Roth right now.
According to their website, Fix the Court advocates for 18-year term limits for Supreme Court Justices and for greater transparency and accountability at the highest court in the land. The organization circulated spurious sexual assault claims against then-prospective Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018, and reportedly purchased the domain names Brettkavanaugh.com and Brettkavanaugh.net for that purpose. Fix the Court has also blasted Justice Clarence Thomas for not formally disclosing certain gifts he received from billionaire Harlan Crow.
Parker Thayer, investigative researcher at Capital Research Center, a conservative think-tank, said that Roth’s reaction reveals that his group is “not serious about transparency.”
“They have attempted to smear honorable men like Justice Thomas over his own financial disclosures but are apparently terrified at the thought of someone obtaining their own,” Thayer said.
You may not be familiar with the dark money group behind Fix The Court. It’s run by a Swiss billionaire who fancies himself a philanthropist. Here’s a little taste of who they are:
The Atlantic magazine called Arabella’s network of nonprofits “the massive progressive dark money group you’ve never heard of.” Politico referred to the Sixteen Thirty Fund, the advocacy arm of the Arabella nonprofit network, as both a “little-known” and “massive” dark money group that spent $140 million in the 2018 election cycle.
The New York Times reported: “The system of political financing, which often obscures the identities of donors, is known as dark money, and Arabella’s network is a leading vehicle for it on the left.”
The Atlantic called the Sixteen Thirty Fund “the indisputable heavyweight of Democratic dark money,” which sent “roughly $61 million of effectively untraceable money to progressive causes,” making it the “second-largest super-PAC donor in 2020.”
The North Fund is a lobbying group that is partially funded by the Sixteen Thirty Fund.
In 2020, Arabella’s nonprofit network had total revenues of $1.67 billion and spent $1.26 billion—of which $896 million was in grants to left-leaning political organizations, according to the Capital Research Center. That’s more than double the combined amount of $731 million in revenue in 2019.
“Arabella nonprofits form the most powerful liberal lobbying force in Washington, yet pretend to be uninterested in politics,” said Hayden Ludwig, investigative researcher with Capital Research Center.
The Arabella nonprofit network has included more than 300 “pop-up” groups, according to the Capital Research Center, that target issues such as health care, abortion, net neutrality, the judiciary, by funding pro-Democrat organizations, funding commercials, or cranking out left-leaning studies and reports.
A pop-up is an advocacy group that emerges in a congressional district or state for a single election cycle, runs ads or issues reports, and then disappears after the campaign is over. — DailySignal