Trifecta conservative coalition launches $2M campaign targeting Biden’s ‘dark money’ ties

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A coalition of three conservative groups launched a $2 million media campaign targeting progressive “dark money” groups that funded Joe Biden’s campaign. 

The coalition, led by Judicial Crisis Network, Heritage Action for America and Americans for Public Trust seek to oust “dark money” groups like Arabella Advisors, which poured millions of dollars into Biden’s 2020 campaign. 

The groups will also target two of Biden’s senior nominees: Xavier Becerra, the nominee for secretary of Health and Human Services and Vanita Gupta, Biden’s pick for associate attorney general. 

The group effort is directly targeting “pay-to-play,” a strategy that permits campaign contributions from businesses or enterprises seeking government contracts, The Federalist reports. 

“Dark money groups led by Arabella Advisors, among others, now want payback for helping Joe Biden get elected,” Caitlin Sutherland, executive director of Americans for Public Trust, said in a statement. “Mr. Biden promised unity, but his nominees to high positions and his policy prescriptions reveal an extreme liberal agenda, on which these dark money groups are trying to cash in.” 

A “dark money organization” is exactly what it sounds: a political nonprofit that is not required by law to disclose its donors. During the 2020 presidential election cycle, “dark money” organizations spent about $145 million to elect their chosen candidate, Joe Biden. 

Americans for Public Trust will spend $600,000 highlighting “dark money” groups, and Heritage Action for America will spend $600,000 on ads targeting Becerra, according to BizPacReview. 

“President Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, has spent his entire career fighting for socialized health care, catering to the abortion industry, trampling on Americans’ religious freedom, and pushing the policies of liberal dark money groups,” Jessica Anderson, executive director of Heritage Action for America said in a statement. 

“If confirmed, he would bring his extreme agenda to HHS. Heritage Action is working to expose the radical personnel and policies being advanced by this administration, and we are urging every Senator to reject Becerra’s nomination.” 

Meanwhile, Judicial Crisis Network will spend $800,000 targeting Gupta. 

“In Vanita Gupta, President Biden has nominated a liberal activist who supports defunding the police and brings to the job her experience leading a left-wing dark money group,” Judicial Crisis Network President Carrie Severino said in a statement. 

While Arabella Advisors claims they are not the source of funding for any organization, they pumped $2.4 billion into the political sphere – to benefit democratic politicians – since 2006, according to a bombshell Capital Research Center report

The campaign consists of three aids airing on cable and digital platforms, according to a press release from the coalition. There will also be a grassroots effort consisting of texts, emails and member activism targeting “dark money” groups, Becerra and Gupta, BizPacReview reports. 

“This is a highly coordinated effort to bring awareness to Biden’s pay-to-play approach to the liberal dark money groups who spent money to elect him and Senate Democrats, and to oppose two of Biden’s extremist nominees who will carry the agendas of those dark money groups to their administration posts if confirmed,” a republican strategist involved with the coalition said.