The 42 right-wing Republican senators and House of Representatives member who voted two weeks ago to challenge US election results want us to believe they were standing on principles.
They want the American people to understand there wasn’t an iota of partisan politics involved.
They want us to buy in to the claim they were merely exercising their patriotic duty.
It was them upholding their oath to protect and defend the Constitution.
They were protecting the integrity of our free and fair elections.
That is all pure rubbish, according to an analysis The Guardian conducted.
As data from the Center for Responsive Politics reveals, anti-tax group the “Club for Growth” directly or indirectly funneled about $20 million to Republican lawmakers’ 2018 and 2020 campaign coffers.
Former Republican strategist and anti-Trump group Lincoln Project co-founder, Reed Galen, said:
“Here’s the thing about the hyper wealthy. They believe that their hyper-wealth grants them the ability to not be accountable. And that is not the case. If you’ve made billions of dollars, good on you. But that doesn’t make you any less accountable for funding anti-democratic or authoritarian candidates and movements.”
Galen adds that groups like the Club for Growth pander to Republican donors’ own personal agenda, not “conservative principles”.
The Club for Growth, however, has side-stepped culpability since it puts its funds toward “outside” spending decisions, like attacking candidates’ opponents, not toward Republicans directly.
Yass wrote to former stockbroker Laura Goldman:
“Do you think anyone knew Hawley was going to do that [attempt to overturn the election]? Sometimes politicians deceive their donors.”
Most of those donations went to the Club for Growth that backed the effort to de-legitimize the electoral college votes on January 6 in which Sen. Hawley participated.
The Guardian adds:
“In 2019, more than $20 million was funneled through DonorsTrust, a donor-advised fund that disguises the source of major giving to nonprofits, to a dozen organizations that would ultimately contest the integrity of the 2020 presidential election, including $103,000 to Tea Party Patriots. In a statement provided to the Intercept, Tea Party Patriots cofounder Jenny Beth Martin denied spending any money on the Stop the Steal rally and condemned the violence that occurred.”
That means there is a straight line stretching from deep-pocketed right-wing donors to the politicians they own, whether or not the money was “intended” to subvert the Electoral College count.
We should point fingers at Sens. Hawley and Cruz.
We should point fingers at the right-wing donors.
But the real problem is money in politics.
“We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.”
A future where “corporate personhood” is again a thing of fiction is possible.