Legal Move To Thwart GOP Voter Suppression Bill Announced


Sometimes it seems as though the GOP is shooting itself in the foot. Even when their voters support a piece of legislation or agree on reform measures, the GOP refuses to back those issues. For instance, the majority of Americans support both reproductive health rights and background checks to buy weapons. Despite those voters, the GOP refuses to act. Why would any party dismiss their constituents so vehemently?

Because donors want them to do something else.

A group of entirely unelected, uber-conservative dark money donors, Heritage Action for America, was caught admitting that they had not only pressured the GOP members in their pockets to support and pass voter suppression bills, but that they wrote those bills for them. When any party puts donors ahead of their voters, there’s a problem. In this case, however, the group is buying disenfranchisement.

Mother Jones reports that:

‘In a private meeting last month with big-money donors, the head of a top conservative group boasted that her outfit had crafted the new voter suppression law in Georgia and was doing the same with similar bills for Republican state legislators across the country. “In some cases, we actually draft them for them,” she said, “or we have a sentinel on our behalf give them the model legislation so it has that grassroots, from-the-bottom-up type of vibe.”’

Voting rights attorney Marc Elias announced on Twitter that a lawsuit has been filed against the new laws introduced in Iowa. Elias notes that the lawmakers and officials trying to implement these bills have never actually said that they aren’t trying to combat voter fraud as they claim, but simply that they are to “ensure election integrity.” They have no proof that there is enough evidence for either reason that makes these bills justified.

In the complaint filed May March 9, it states that:

‘The Voter Suppression bill is a cynical manipulation of the electoral process, one that creates problems – burdens for both absentee and in-person voters that do not serve any articulable state interests – without solving any.’

Meanwhile, executive director of Heritage Action for America, part of the Koch-funded Heritage Foundation, is bragging about writing laws that the American people did not election them to do.

‘We’re working with these state legislators to make sure they have all of the information they need to draft the bills,..we’ve also hired state lobbyists to make sure that in these targeted states we’re meeting with the right people.’