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Democrats Attack “Dark Money” While Using It to Advance Abortion Groups

Do as the Democrats say, not as they do. Alexandria Occasio Cortez demands that rich people be taxed more while demanding she gets a bigger congressional salary. She denounces dark money too as do so many of the other Democrats out there. But it turns out Democrats have set up a massive dark money operation to fund abortion advocacy.

The dark money organization is called Arabella Advisors. According to its website,

Arabella Advisors helps foundations, philanthropists, and investors who are serious about impact achieve the greatest good with their resources. We help our clients imagine what’s possible, design the best strategies, learn what works best, and do the work necessary to realize their visions.

Joe Schoffstall of the Washington Free Beacon has delved into the workings of the company and found some very interesting data.

Arabella Advisors establishes groups under trade, or fictitious, names, and acts as their “fiscal sponsor,” which allows the groups to avoid filing public returns to the Internal Revenue Service. The network also acts as a “pass-through” entity for left-wing donors, who do not have to mark their money as going to the exact group that they are funding, but rather can make out the contributions to the particular arm at Arabella where the group is located. One such group managed at Arabella, Lady Parts Justice, falls under its Sixteen Thirty Fund arm, which hosts 501(c)4 “social welfare” entities. Eric Kessler, a former Bill Clinton appointee and member of the Clinton Global Initiative, founded Arabella and acts as president of the Sixteen Thirty Fund.

In other words, donors who want to advance the progressive agenda can give money to Arabella, which then routes it to progressive causes thereby allowing the donors anonymity. When the non-profits disclose who gave them money, they get to show Arabella, not the progressive donor.

Schoffstall notes

Arabella has facilitated a total of $1.6 billion in stealth contributions from Democratic donors to liberal groups in recent years, the Capital Research Center found in a recent investigation. “The line between philanthropy and political advocacy at Arabella is blurry indeed. Most of the projects hosted by the four Funds and financed by Arabella’s donors advocate for controversial positions on social issues, for the expansion of government—or both,” the center said. “Yet thanks to the unique financial arrangements of the network and the lack of donor disclosure, it is impossible to trace which organization pays for the various campaigns and political movements spawned by Arabella’s Funds.”

In other words, while the left is attacking conservative donors and entities, the left has scaled up its dark money operations and is, undoubtedly, using that dark money to blast conservatives as recipients of dark money.

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