New: Iowa House Democrats have filed ethics complaints against Heritage Action & Heritage Foundation for boasting to donors about writing voter suppression laws in leaked video reported by @MotherJones but failing to register as lobbyists in state…
"We did it quickly & we did it quietly," Heritage bragged about Iowa voter suppression bill. "Honestly, nobody even noticed. My team looked at each other & we’re like, ‘It can’t be that easy.'"

But legislative Rs say group lying & didn't register as lobbyists as required by law
Heritage claimed to write "three provisions" in Iowa voter suppression bill, including one that has put nearly 300,000 voters at risk of being purged

Iowa watchdog agency also beginning investigation into whether group lobbied Gov Reynolds & didn’t disclose it
ICYMI here is full investigation into Heritage bragging about writing “model legislation” in IA GA TX FL AZ to suppress voting rights
After Heritage claimed it "helped draft" Iowa voter suppression law and "we did it quickly and we did it quietly” group now says it had "no communications with any members of the Iowa Legislature relating to legislation" after facing ethics probe 🤔🤔…

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13 May
SCOOP from me & @NickSurgey: In new leaked video dark money group Heritage Action brags to top donors about writing “model legislation” making it harder to vote in GA TX IA FL AZ. This is proof of massive coordinated right-wing voter suppression campaign…
Must-watch video: Heritage admits it is writing voter suppression laws for GOP state legislators

“we actually draft them for them, or we give them the model legislation so it has that grassroots, from-the-bottom-up type of vibe”

Heritage Action says it wrote “8 key provisions” in Georgia voter suppression law, “19 provisions” in Texas House bill & “3 provisions” of Iowa law. Dark $ fueling voter suppression

“Republicans who adopt these model laws should be ashamed of themselves” says @marceelias Image
Read 13 tweets
6 May
Breaking: Ron DeSantis signs Georgia-style voter suppression bill #SB90 restricting mail ballot drop boxes, making it harder to vote by mail, criminalizing giving food/water to voters in line & expanding partisan challenges to vote counting. Only Fox was allowed to cover signing
It’s extremely telling that DeSantis claims new Florida voter suppression law intended to boost “election integrity” but barred all media except Fox News from covering bill signing. It was a Fox & Friends “exclusive”
DeSantis called Florida a model for election integrity but just signed new bill rolling back voting access after 680,000 more Dems than Rs voted by mail & Black share of mail voting doubled in 2020…
Read 5 tweets
30 Apr
Breaking: Florida legislature passes Georgia-style voter suppression bill #SB90 criminalizing giving food/water to voters in line, restricting mail ballot drop boxes, making it harder to vote by mail & expanding partisan challenges to vote counting…
For two decades GOP cited Florida as model for mail voting. Now they’re rolling back voting access after 680,000 more Dems voted by mail in 2020 & Black share of mail voting doubled. Republicans changing rules the minute they don’t advantage them
Most ridiculous part of new FL voter suppression bill: instead of being available 24/7 every mail ballot drop box must be staffed by an election worker at all times & election officials will be fined $25,000 if they don’t comply. Absurdly punitive
Read 5 tweets
22 Apr
Congress split the Dakota territory in half in 1889 to admit two new states with 4 Republican senators

So spare us the fake outrage over DC statehood
Read @HC_Richardson: "In 1889 and 1890, Congress added ND, SD, MT, WA, ID & WY-largest admission of states since original 13. This addition of 12 new senators & 18 new electors was a deliberate strategy of late-19th-century Republicans to stay in power"…
This is how undemocratic US Senate is:

-15 states with 38 million people elect 30 GOP senators

-California with 40 million people elects 2 Dems

-By 2040, 30% of America will elect 70 senators. 70% of America will elect only 30…
Read 4 tweets
8 Apr
133 mass shootings in US already this year: let's make it easier to buy guns

2 cases of voter fraud in 2020: let's make it harder to vote
Tennessee requires voter ID to cast a ballot but no background check to buy a gun
Hours after I tweeted this US had its 134th mass shooting this year, in Bryan TX

How are Texas Republicans responding to gun violence?

By making it harder to vote & requiring sports teams to play national anthem
Read 4 tweets
8 Apr
There’s been ridiculous attempt by GOP to claim new Georgia law isn’t voter suppression

It restricts voting access in more than a dozen ways

It gives GOP unprecedented power to subvert election results

And it’s based directly on Trump‘s Big Lie…
Republicans have introduced 361 bills to make it harder to vote in 47 states in 3 months & we’re supposed to believe they’re not engaged in voter suppression?
The Georgia law will make it harder for voters to cast a ballot, harder for organizations to mobilize voters & harder for election officials to run smooth elections. And if all that fails to help GOP candidates, election boards can disqualify voters & decline to certify results
Read 5 tweets

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