Report: Dozens Of Billionaires Are Funding Trump’s Voter Suppression Lawsuits
According to Sludge, in more than a dozen states, “the Republican National Committee (RNC) has initiated or joined lawsuits to block states from expanding vote-by-mail systems or to oppose Democratic lawsuits in states that have resisted putting universal vote-by-mail systems in place. The lawsuits are financed by a $20 million litigation budget that the Republicans have amassed for fighting Democrats on voting issues.”
- The report was tweeted by Citizens for Ethics, and stated that “the RNC legal proceedings account has raised more than $23 million so far in the 2019-2020 election cycle, including transfers from a Trump joint fundraising committee and large donations from more than two dozen billionaires, according to Sludge’s review of Federal Election Commission records.”
- Among those who donated was Louis DeJoy, former RNC convention finance chair who was recently selected by President Trump to become the postmaster general of the United States Postal Service. “Besides helping to raise money for the RNC, DeJoy has donated $114,500 to the RNC legal fund.”
- “At least 17 of the 24 billionaire donors to the RNC legal fund are among the top 400 wealthiest American households as ranked by Forbes magazine, including the following: Kelcy Warren, CEO of natural gas and propane pipeline giant Energy Transfer Partners, net worth $4.3 billion; Stephen Schwarzman, CEO of The Blackstone Group private equity firm, net worth $17.7 billion; and Charles Schwab, net worth $7.7 billion,” Sludge reported.
- In addition, “also siding with the RNC on the lawsuits is a network of conservative ‘dark money’ nonprofits tied through personnel and funding to groups that have worked to build support for the confirmation of Trump’s Supreme Court nominees and to elect conservative judges to state supreme courts,” Sludge continued.