Liberals spent years building a giant dark money-making machine. Now the conservatives are trying to match them up.
Major sponsors will convene at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort next month for a two-day meeting to talk about what happened in 2020 – and build a network Big dollars to regain power.
The summit was sponsored by the Conservative Partnership Institute, an organization led by Trump’s White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and former Sen. Jim DeMint (RS.C.). Trump is expected to make headlines for the opening dinner and the agenda includes a host of conservative celebrities and former Trump administration officials such as Stephen Miller, Russ Vought, and Ric Grenell.
With the party settling down from the party’s 2020 defeat, senior Republicans say they have admitted a large deficit: the lack of a dark money infrastructure could be critical to influencing elections. dispatch and fight policy. The meeting aims to create a long-term blueprint to fund policy-focused nonprofits aimed at competing with liberals, the organizers said. , through major donors like George Soros and Tom Steyer, has developed a good system for transferring cash to the web of large spending lobbying groups….
Republicans have long been actively creating super PACs that can raise and spend unlimited money on elections. But in recent years, they have fallen short of forming nonprofits, which are more limited in their ability to spend money on elections but can still raise large sums to influence affect voters. Based on a recent estimate from OpenSecretsliberal groups directed more than $ 500 million in dark money to benefit Democratic candidates in the 2020 election, compared with just $ 200 million from conservative groups.
Conservatives point to the website of freelance nonprofits as important in the 2020 elections, such as Fair Fight, an organization that focuses on voting rights. The Georgia-based group, formed by Democrat Stacey Abrams, has been credited with helping Democrats win a series of victories there.