A trio of pro-family and anti-abortion groups led by Trump alum Ken Cuccinelli will soon launch a multi-million dollar campaign to restore confidence in the election results among social conservatives, RealClearPolitics has learned.
Cuccinelli, the former assistant secretary of homeland security and attorney general in Virginia, will chair the Election Transparency Initiative. The Susan B. Anthony List and the American Principles Project are partners, and the effort has an initial war chest of $ 5 million.
The aim of the coalition, according to Cuccinelli, is to address "a legitimate crisis of confidence in the quality of elections." The campaign will focus on pushing through long-term state-level reforms, but the groups are also preparing to immediately mobilize grassroots activists in West Virginia, Arizona, and Montana to pressure senators there to oppose HR's passage. 1 to get into the upper room.
Any House Democrat registered with that sweeping election reform bill Monday, arguing that the legislation – dubbed For the People Act – would expand voting rights and "clean up corruption." Republicans, meanwhile, reject the measure as a "federal government takeover" of election laws that would disrupt the rules in favor of the Democrats.
“I am proud to join SBA List and APP to act quickly to defeat Democrats in Washington's efforts to federalize election laws through HR 1, while at the same time being insulted at the state level for rallying the base around meaningful reforms, ”said Cuccinelli.
The legislation they oppose would create automatic voter registration across the country, expand early voting, and make it easier to vote by mail. It's the exact opposite of what conservatives want, and it comes at a time when conservative confidence in the integrity of elections has never been lower.
"They are clearly getting feedback from their members and their universe, which kind of raises question marks." Why should we go to such lengths in a system that cheats on us? ", Cuccinelli said of the two groups.
"Now I'm not saying yes or no," he added, "but that's the perception of many of them" after the 2020 election and President Trump's insistence that the victory was stolen from him.
This collective belief has convinced Cuccinelli that social conservatives should take up the crusade for election integrity. "The pro-life movement must engage in election transparency and integrity reform," he said, "or their ability to elect pro-life, pro-family legislators – and pass laws that save lives – will be greatly diminished, if not. destroyed. "
Donald Trump, even before leaving office and since November 3, has labeled the 2020 presidential election a fraud. With Trump devastating the electoral process in their country rather than campaigning for his party's candidates, many Republicans in Georgia subsequently stayed at home instead of voting in a special senate election last month. Challengers Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff defeated Republican incumbents Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, and the upper room is now controlled by Democrats.
However, Trump's former DHS chief has no judgment on Trump's claims. & # 39; I don't have an answer to that & # 39; he said when asked. “We don't look back. We are looking ahead. Still, questions about the integrity of elections "can be addressed or not dismissed, but answered and addressed in an open environment," he said.
Cuccinelli points to the series of reforms Florida implemented after the controversial 2000 presidential election as proof the nation can put its electoral home in order. But even if his initiative is against HR 1, he insists that "it's not really left-to-right, at least it shouldn't be – it's about the best way to hold an election where you you can rely on. "
The emerging coalition represents a shift in politics from the right. The SBA list normally focuses its more than 900,000 national members on the issue of abortion. The group's chairman, Marjorie Dannenfelser, explained that extending the mission to electoral law was necessary to ensure that their "ability to win elections for pro-life candidates is based on a transparent, fair electoral process".
Democrats took advantage of the pandemic, Dannenfelser argued in a statement, to "weaken state laws guaranteeing free and fair elections."
“While we strongly oppose attempts to federalize election laws through bills such as HR 1,” she added, “we also need to rally activists in battlefield states to ensure that pro-abortion Democrats cannot take permanent control of the government. to make."
More support is on the way, APP director Terry Schilling promised, who insisted that the latest coalition will not only include national and national pro-life groups, but will also extend to the broader Conservative and Republican groups, of which there are many focused. about beating HR 1. "
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