Left in Pennsylvania, Conservatives were down 3 to 1 in 2020
Very little of this money can be traced back to its original donors.
It’s time for the myth that conservatives outbid liberal electoral groups to go the dodo path. New research into the 2020 election in Pennsylvania has revealed that left wing political action committees (PACs) have blown conservative PACs in independent editions – outside of those that are not coordinated with the campaigns of politicians seeking office.
According to the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Secretary, Liberal PACs spent over $ 7.5 million to help Democrats and Republicans race for control of the legislature and attorney general in 2020. Conservative PACs spent only $ 2.3 million, or less than a third of what their Liberal counterparts spent nationwide.
This money was used to pay for advertisements on television, radio and Facebook. for fees to political consulting firms; and for digital and direct mail marketing programs that eclipsed the state ahead of the November elections.
Where the money came from is telling. On the right, Republicans could count on nearly $ 159,000 from Americans for Prosperity, a free-market group funded by libertarian billionaire (and liberal fool) David Koch. Gun Owners of America, a pro-Second Amendment group, spent nearly $ 15,000 helping Republicans. The Pennsylvania Family Council, a conservative group of family values, spent $ 56,000 on the election.
The largest conservative donor, however, was the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which spent $ 1.5 million helping Republicans – mostly $ 172,000 to help Tim DeFoor in the Auditor General Race, $ 150,000 to unsuccessfully oppose the re-election of Democratic Senator James Brewster (SD-45) and $ 304,000 for the re-election of Senator John DiSanto (SD-15).
All of these groups have been dwarfed by their peers on the left.
Compare left-right spending in particularly competitive counties. The Democrats hoped to be able to turn around in 2020. (Note: numbers are estimates due to inconsistencies in how groups report independent expenses.)
Who are these groups? The top donors include:
- $ 856,000 from Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, an environmental dispute group that opposes coal, natural gas, and oil as “dirty fuels.” It is affiliated with PennFuture, which is heavily funded by John Kerry’s Heinz Endowments.
- $ 789,000 from Everytown for the Gun Safety Victory Fund, a gun control group funded by Liberal billionaire Michael Bloomberg.
- $ 60,000 from Clean Wave, the PAC arm of environmentalist Clean Water Action.
- $ 270,000 from Commonwealth Communications, one of J.J. Abbott, a former aide to Democratic Governor Tom Wolf.
- $ 30,000 from the far left Abolish the Electoral College PAC.
- $ 170,000 from Maryland-based pro-illegal immigration group Casa in Action.
- $ 403,000 from left Better Pennsylvania PAC.
- $ 158,000 from Stronger Pennsylvania PAC, a democratic group.
- $ 66,000 from Fair Share Action, part of a multi-million dollar nexus of left activist groups known as the Public Interest Network.
- $ 28,000 from Free the Ballot Incarcerated Voices, which helps restore the right to vote for convicted criminals.
- $ 260,000 from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 98.
- $ 15,000 from Make the Road Action, a far-right immigration activist group affiliated with the Center for People’s Democracy, an anti-Republican agitation and voter mobilization group.
- $ 28,000 from PACRONYM, the PAC arm of ACRONYM, a left-wing digital strategy and voter mobilization group that was shamed when its Shadow Inc. software division completely botched Iowa Democratic Assemblies in 2020.
- $ 197,000 from We the People PA Action, which aims to raise the state minimum wage, empower unions, and advance Medicare-for-All.
- $ 27,000 from Planned Parenthood PA Votes, the PAC arm of the country’s largest abortion provider.
The largest donor, however, was the Pennsylvania Leadership Committee, which distributed just under $ 2.2 million in 2020. The PAC is affiliated with the American Leadership Committee, which also funds democratic campaigns in Alaska and North Carolina, the latter being a leading battlefield state.
The second largest single donor, with $ 1.7 million, was the Pennsylvania Fund for Change, a PAC identified as the left-wing “dark money” group that attacked Republicans in 2018 and over $ 1 million in 2020 for attacking President Donald Trump said changes are obscure, but their connections with litigators and unions deserve closer examination.
In 2018, the Pennsylvania Fund for Change received $ 75,000 from the feminist group EMILY’S List Federal Fund, $ 350,000 from Working for Working Americans (a group supported by the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners), and US $ 100,000 -Dollars from the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (a formed group and led by former US Attorney General Eric Holder), $ 200,000 from a colleague named Edward Snowden in New York, and $ 20,000 from the Western Trial Lawyers Association Education Fund. along with a number of donations from other individual litigators. The Fund for Change’s largest donor was the Pennsylvania Alliance Action, which donated more than $ 1.4 million in 2018.
Pennsylvania Department of State public records indicate that Pennsylvania Alliance Action is a 501 (c) (4) group formed by PA Alliance LLC. The only member of the LLC is Samuel Pond, managing partner and compensation lawyer at Pond Lehocky law firm. From here the money trail leads back to union members. The alliance has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants from the Pennsylvania State Education Association, state affiliates of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and the AFL-CIO. The National Education Association donated more than $ 1 million to the Pennsylvania Alliance Action in 2018.
FEC reports indicate that the Pennsylvania Fund for Change is administered by Victoria Perrone, president and founder of Philadelphia firm Spruce Street Consulting, who receives payments from Democratic Representative Karen Carter Peterson (LA-05) and Democratic Exit Has. Voice group New American Voices. Perrone is former Operations Director for Organizing Together 2020, a nationwide Democratic empowerment initiative in six battlefield nations launched by Paul Tewes, a strategist for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, and the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Tewes now heads the Smoot Tewes Group (STG Results), an influential consultancy for Democrats and leftist groups in Washington, D.C.
In 2005, Tewes co-founded Americans United for Change (AUFC), a large activist group that got into trouble when it was revealed in late 2016 that the group’s field director, Scott Foval, had hired the homeless and the insane to instigate violence at Trump rallies . AUFC later helped found the Sixteen Thirty Fund for $ 221,745 in 2009, which is part of a $ 731 million dark money network operated by the infamous Arabella Advisors.
Who Contributed $ 1.7 Million to the Pennsylvania Fund for Change? We may never know. Very little of this money can ultimately be traced back to its original donors. What is It’s clear that these amazing numbers show just how much the professional left carpet-bombed Pennsylvania in 2020 with “dark” dollars – much of it from the consultant class in Washington, D.C.
Hayden Ludwig is a lead investigative researcher for the Capital Research Center.
Kevin Mooney is an investigative reporter for the Commonwealth Foundation and the Heritage Foundation.
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