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Leonard Leo needs more sunlight

Top Trump Backer Financed Supreme Court Confirmation Fights Through Shadowy Network thedailybeast.com/top-trump-back… via @thedailybeast
A top conservative (and shady AF) judicial assho...er “activist” used a sprawling web of interconnected groups to not only help fund DONALD’S INAUGURATION but to help pave the way for the CONFIRMATION of his SCOTUS nominees.
Previously unreported documents obtained by The Daily Beast provide the first glimpse into the finances of a key node in that network, traced to Federalist Society president Leonard Leo, a major player in Washington’s wars over the makeup of the federal judiciary.
Those documents, like others revealed over the last few months, provide a deeper glimpse into the EXPANDING ROLE that LEO’S PLAYED in ADVANCING the TRUMP ADMIN’s agenda on legal matters in particular.
The docs underscore the degree to which ANONYMOUS, HIGH-dollar donors have bankrolled the advocacy behind Trump’s highly successful efforts to reshape the federal judiciary.
Through groups including the FEDERALIST SOCIETY & JUDICIAL CRISIS NETWORK, Leo spearheaded independent support for Trump’s FEDERAL COURT nominees, in particular Neil GORSUCH and Brett KAVANAUGH.

But the full extent of the network Leo built is only now becoming clear.
A report recently obtained by The Daily Beast provides new details on an arm of Leo’s advocacy network that was, until recently, completely unknown.

→ AMERICA ENGAGED
AMERICA ENGAGED
▪︎formed in 2016
▪︎brought in less than $50k through the end of 2016
▪︎2017its income skyrocketed to $2.3 million
▪︎All but $100 of that income came from a single donor: another Leo-affiliated group called the BH Fund
BH FUND itself was FUNDED last year by a SINGLE ANONYMOUS DONOR who gave a whopping $24,250,000, according to documents obtained by @MapLight

documentcloud.org/documents/5676…
AMERICA ENGAGED used those millions to FINANCE 3 other orgs:

▪︎lobbying arm of the NRA
▪︎FREEDOM PARTNERSarm of Koch political network
▪︎AMERICANS for Limited Government, VA based nonprofit

All 3 backed Gorsuch’s nom the same year they got $ from America Engaged.
150K went to to CRC PR who ran the PR campaign for Trump’s SCOTUS picks.

Among CRC’s tactics were attempts to DEFLECT sexual assault ALLEGATIONS against KAVANAUGH by promoting UNFOUNDED allegations that a different classmate was responsible for the assault of Dr. Ford #altBrett
Multiple other arms of Leo’s shady AF network also reported paying CRC in 2017, including the BH Fund itself, which reported paying CRC $400,000.
In addn to AMERICA ENGAGED, BH FUND gave $400K to another Leo-led orgFREEDOM AND OPPORTUNITY FUND

FOF runs 3 donor-advised funds— charitable-giving vehicles that act as conduits between donors & the orgs they wish to support that MASK the SOURCES of those FUNDS.
Both AMERICA ENGAGED & BH FUND listed FREEDOM AND OPPORTUNITY FUND as an affiliated org in their 2017 tax filings

FOF’s 2017 tax filing is not yet publicly available, but in 2016 it reported donating $60K to an AZ-based dark money group called PROSPER, INC
Fmr Sen. JON KYL (R-AZ) sat on PROSPER’s board until Sept 2018, when he was APPOINTED to FILL the SEAT left vacant by the death of Sen. John MCCAIN
Prior to that appointment, KYL had been both the TOP LOBBYIST for the JUDICIAL CRISIS NETWORK, a LEO-affiliated group that led the push for Trump’s SCOTUS nominations, and the Senate shepherd for KAVANAUGH’s nomination.
Because of that, KYL faced calls to RECUSE himself FROM VOTING on the Supreme Court nominee. He RESISTED those calls and CAST DOUBT on Kavanaugh’s ACCUSERS, before casting a CRUCIAL VOTE for confirmation.
FLASHBACK 2010⤵︎
KYL played a big part in this:
“President Obama has so far been unable to convince Senate Republicans to ratify the new START treaty, an updated version of the NUCLEAR-ARMS-CONTROL agreement with RUSSIA” vanityfair.com/news/2010/11/r…
The flows of money to, from, and among those and other arms of the LEO NETWORK can make it difficult to trace the actual sources of funding for his shady actions.

Some of that $ has flowed directly to a Trump groupthe committee set up to pay for his 2017 inauguration.
The inaugural committee received a $1 million contribution from BH Group LLC.

Little is known about the firm—incorporation records list its address as a virtual office in Arlington, VA—but Leo previously listed BH Group as his employer in filings with the FEC
“Leo has been tied to a 7-figure contribution...to Trump's inauguration—the source...anonymous—and a growing set of dark money groups with millions of dollars to spend, all while he exercises a great deal of influence over the... judicial nomination process.” @RobertMaguire_
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Stop changing the case of some of my words. I capitalize certain words for a reason.
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