A $25M effort to rally Black and Latino voters...for Clinton?
A few high-ranking Democrats who support Hillary Clinton have launched a $25 million initiative called Every Citizen Counts to boost African American and Latino voter turnout.
Their goal? Challenge Republican-backed state laws that prevent early voting and same-day voter registration, two policies that typically favor Democratic voters.
Every Citizen Counts calls its work “a nonpartisan effort focused on voter protection, access and registration," the Washington Post reports. It even says that it won’t engage in “any primary activity and will be involved in this work long after 2016."
The curious part is that the group’s senior advisor, Guy Cecil, is a chief strategist for the pro-Clinton super PAC Priorities USA. Cecil was also a campaign staffer for Clinton’s 2008 presidential bid. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, another top brass Clinton supporter, will also be involved with Every Citizen Counts.
In January, Priorities USA announced that it had hauled in $50 million in money to support Clinton. Cecil says that the nonprofit voter turnout group — which launched back in August but only recently gained funding from backers — has no connections with the super PAC.
"There have been too many efforts to restrict access to the polls, making it even more difficult to vote," Cecil told the Associated Press, which first broke the story. "We will engage at all levels: pushing for stronger legislation around early voting, same-day registration and vote by mail, waging legal battles to roll back onerous laws and registering voters in underrepresented communities across the country."
AP also reported that Every Citizen Counts’ litigation committee would seek voter protections for some two million voters in North Carolina, Wisconsin, Virginia, and Ohio — four of the most contested states for upcoming the November election.
Every Citizen Counts is registered as a tax-exempt "social welfare" organization, and can thus receive no-limits donations from both individuals and mega corporations.