The Daily Caller obtained exclusive access to a report by the Capital Research Center (CRC) that demonstrates how a supposed “non-partisan” voter registration organization worked to aid the Democratic party. That organization is the Voter Registration Project (VRP) that was “commissioned” by the current Deputy Chief of Staff John Podesta (who also was chair of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign) and funded by major left-wing donors. The organization also was used to specifically win elections for Democrats.
VRP managed to benefit Democrats because it targeted the demographics mostly likely to vote for that party and hired left-wing consultants to aid in their project to register these voters. Lisa Dixon, the executive director for the Lawyers Democracy Fund, was quoted as saying, “Encouraging qualified voters to exercise their right to vote is a noble purpose, served by legitimate nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations, and community leaders around the country…But when supposedly nonpartisan organizations conduct get-out-the-vote efforts in a manner that seems designed to benefit one political party, voters are rightly skeptical of how fair and nonpartisan such efforts are.”
The report by CRC pointed to a secret memo from the political action committee Mind the Gap that commented on the most optimal strategy for raising funds to help Democrats win elections. The memo reads, “The most effective tactic in a Presidential year by a wide margin is nonpartisan voter registration focused on underrepresented groups in our electoral process.” The memo observed that contributing to charitable organizations was much more cost-effective “at netting additional Democratic votes.”
While the memo makes no direct mention of VRP, it does mention Everybody Votes, which is believed to be a coded term for VRP. As evidence of this the Daily Caller reveals that “foundations gave grants related to MTG to Voter Registration Project, appearing to indicate the organizations are one and the same, according to public documents and CRC’s report.”
They cited that “[t]he David E. Reese Family Foundation contributed $20,000 to VRP for MTG’s “voter registration” initiative, according to a grant in 2019. Similarly, the San Francisco Foundation gave $190,000 to Voter Registration Project Education Fund for MTG’s efforts to support Everybody Votes, according to a grant.”
Jason Snead, the Executive Director of the Honest Elections Project, remarked, “[O]ftentimes you see these organizations speak almost in code, and the code is specifically designed to make it seem as though they are targeting underrepresented minority groups or others…But when you put it all together, you can see the picture that they are painting is an effort to target primarily voters that are going to be voting for Democratic politicians and candidates … And so that’s how supposedly nonpartisan nonprofit groups will then turn around and act in very partisan ways.”