A dark money group financed by a Swiss foreign national is spending a lot of money on lobbying for the Democrats’ HR1 bill, which aims at “protecting voting rights.”
The group, Sixteen Thirty Fund, which lobbies in favor of many far left groups and projects, contributed nearly $2 million to lobbying efforts designed to sway the opinions of senators regarding HR1 and DC statehood.
HR1 would be the largest U.S election overhaul in decades. The bill would require states to automatically register eligible voters and require same-day voter registration. States would also be required to offer 15 early voting days and absentee balloting to those who wish to use it.
The Sixteen Thirty Fund spent $1.3 million on lobbying to push these reforms and sent $480,000 to Keefe Singister Partners between 2019 and 2020.
Maura Keef, who once was the chief of staff for Democrat New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen, runs Keefe Singister Partners.
Sixteen Thirty Fund has also given $100,000 to Kountoupes Denham Carr & Reid to push election reform bills.
One of the lobbyists who received money from Sixteen Thirty Fund is MJ Kenney, who worked for Illinois Senator Dick Durbin from 2010-2019.
The New York Times revealed that Swiss Billionaire Hansjörg Wyss, who is not a U.S citizen, contributes greatly to the Sixteen Thirty Fund, which does not disclose its donors. Over the last few years, Wyss has given $135 million to the fund.
The Sixteen Thirty Fund also sent $55 million in anonymous donations to super PACs that supported Biden’s 2020 campaign.
The fund is apart of a massive dark money network managed by Arabella Advisors, which was founded by former Bill Clinton appointee Eric Kesser. Arabella was paid $34 million in fees to manage various funds.
The funds managed by Arabella received $715 million in 2019. The funds help operate various groups, such as Demand Justice, Fix Our Senate, Demand Progress, and dozens of other groups. The funds have also given substantial funds to Center for American Progress, America Votes, Center for Popular Democracy, and Color of Change.
The network is used by some of the largest liberal donors, include those in the Democracy Alliance, which was co-founded by George Soros. Wyss was recruited to be apart of this network.