Group Claiming to Help Voters Should Let America Know It’s Really a Liberal Front Group Apparently Padding the Pockets of Democrat Jason Kander
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Contact: Adam Temple
Washington D.C. (April 5, 2017) – In February, to much self-supplied fanfare, a group called “Let America Vote” launched and most recently announced an ad-buy in opposition to commonsense New Hampshire legislation that would help prevent out-of-state residents from voting in that state on Election Day. While “Let America Vote” claims to be an advocate for voters, the reality is starting to look a bit different, as the group’s leadership has a questionable record on elections, is shady in its funding and is fighting bipartisan legislation, sponsored and passed by the Republican state Senate majority and supported by the state’s Democrat Secretary of State.
- As Missouri’s Secretary of State, Jason Kander Oversaw Elections Frought with Sloppiness that Deprived Residents from Voting: “KRCG has confirmed that Republican voters in least 2 Mid-Missouri counties were turned away at the polls on election night because of a shortage of ballots … Missouri lawmakers from both parties are upset over the Presidential Primary ballot mess …Secretary of State Jason Kander denied our request for an interview.” (KRCG-TV, “Lawmakers upset with Primary ballot shortage,” 3/16/2016) “… Anywhere from 30 to 35 locations ran out of paper ballots. That number obviously increased as the day went on.” (St. Louis Public Radio, “St. Louis County elections extended in 63 precincts after ballot shortages,” 4/5/2016)
- “Let America Vote” is Funded by … We Don’t Know … and Appears to be Dishing out Cash to Two Kanders: Despite having the resources to make an ad buy in New Hampshire, the group has yet to publicly disclose its donors or expenditures. The group, which is based in Washington, D.C., employs both Jason Kander as President and Diane Kander as Vice President and Treasurer.
- The Person Actually Tasked with Ensuring Access to the New Hampshire Ballot Box – a Democrat – Favors the Legislation: “Longtime Secretary of State Bill Gardner is throwing the weight of his office behind several proposed changes to state election laws, including … SB 3.” (New Hampshire Union Leader, “Bill aims to close voting ‘domicile loophole’ in election law,” 2/14/2017)
“The idea that a failed Missouri candidate would spend money from undisclosed resources to fight common sense legislation backed by New Hampshire’s Democrat Secretary of State is laughable,” said RSLC President Matt Walter. “New Hampshire residents certainly have a number of questions that should be answered.”
About the RSLC
The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) is the largest caucus of Republican state leaders in the country and the only national organization whose mission is to elect Republicans to multiple down-ballot, state-level offices. Since 2002, the RSLC has been working to elect candidates to the offices of lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state legislator, the judiciary and other down-ticket races. The RSLC has more than 150,000 donors in all 50 states. During the 2013-2014 election cycle, the RSLC was active in all 50 states and picked up 10 new state legislative chambers, leading to an all-time historic high of 69 chambers controlled by Republicans. In 2016, state-level Republicans maintained a record 69 of 99 legislative chamber majorities in red, purple and blue states, held 31 lieutenant governor seats, and grew to 31 secretaries of state. The RSLC expanded its Future Majority Project and Right Women, Right Now initiatives, spending more than $18 million over the last three election cycles in direct support of new Republican candidates of diverse descent and women, leading to the election of nearly 100 Republicans of diverse descent, as well as 386 new women candidates. In the 2014 cycle, the RSLC also launched the Judicial Fairness Initiative and the new top-level domain for the Republican Party, ‘.gop.’ To learn more about the RSLC, please visit www.rslc.gop or follow @RSLC on Twitter.