A shadowy progressive organization that has received millions from George Soros’ umbrella organization has launched a seven-figure ad buy to pressure vulnerable Republicans to support the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.
The move hopes to stem the tide of growing opposition to the ongoing inquiry.
The ads, scheduled to air on Fox News, will commence this week in the Washington, D.C. metro area and in 13 at-risk GOP-held congressional districts.
They will feature military veterans urging Republicans to “put country over politics” and rein in the president for purportedly “abusing his office and risking national security for his own gain.”
The Daily Caller’s Andrew Kerr has more:
Each of the ads contains a disclosure stating they’re paid for by “Defend American Democracy,” but D.C. business registration documents reveal the group is just one of the many projects of the Sixteen Thirty Fund, a dark money nonprofit that pumped $141 million into liberal causes in 2018 alone, Open Secrets reported.
The Sixteen Thirty Fund reported receiving $52 million from a single anonymous donor in 2018, but as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, it is not required to disclose the identity of its donors.
But other nonprofit organizations are required to disclose if they gave money to the Sixteen Thirty Fund. One of Soros’s primary donation vehicles, the Open Society Policy Center, has given $4.5 million to the fund between 2012 and 2017, according to their Form 990 annual disclosures.
“Defend American Democracy” does not disclose its affiliation to the Sixteen Thirty Fund on its website, however it does state its a project of “Protect The Investigation,” which is another such project of the Fund.
The Sixteen Thirty Fund raised in the $100 million-plus range during the 2018 election cycle.