Non-profit

Kansans for Secure Elections

Type:

Election Reform Advocacy Group

Project of:

Sixteen Thirty Fund

Kansans for Secure Elections is an election policy advocacy organization under the umbrella of the Sixteen Thirty Fund, a 501(c)(4) funding and fiscal sponsorship organization managed by the Washington, D.C.-based consultancy Arabella Advisors. [1] Critics have called the Arabella network of which Kansans for Secure Elections is a part a “half-billion dollar ‘dark money’ network.” [2]

There is no publicly available information online about the group outside of an official list of Sixteen Thirty Fund-sponsored groups and a Facebook page. The Facebook page has two posts from March 28, 2018. [3]

Kansans for Secure Elections is one of many pop-up “Astroturf” groups created by Arabella Advisors’ fiscal sponsorship entities. Advisors is a dark-money group funded by left-of-center millionaires and billionaires who desire to influence American public policy and social culture. Arabella received $1.6 billion between 2013 and 2017 and used it to fund Sixteen Thirty Fund and other groups. [4] Arabella Advisors was one of many left-leaning dark-money groups which quietly influenced the 2018 elections and provided more money to election-related efforts than Republican or conservative-focused advocacy groups. [5]

References

  1. Open Corporates, Sixteen Thirty Fund profile, Accessed November 5, 2019. https://opencorporates.com/companies/us_dc/EXTUID_2696217 ^
  2. Hayden Ludwig. “Big Money in Dark Shadows: Arabella Advisors’ Half-billion-dollar ‘Dark Money’ Network.” Capital Research Center. Published April 2019. Accessed November 9, 2019. https://capitalresearch.org/app/uploads/CRC_Arabella-Advisors-Dark-Money.pdf ^
  3. Facebook, Kansans for Secure Elections profile page, Accessed November 5, 2019. https://www.facebook.com/pg/Kansans-for-Secure-Elections-1137856153021096/posts/?ref=page_internal ^
  4. Hayden Ludwig, “Big money in dark shadows,” April 17, 2019. Accessed November 5, 2019. https://capitalresearch.org/app/uploads/CRC_Arabella-Advisors-Dark-Money.pdf ^
  5. Susan Crabtree, “Dems’ ‘dark money’ disconnect: Groups mum on disclosure,” May 8, 2019. Accessed November 5, 2019. https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2019/05/08/dems_dark_money_disconnect_groups_mum_on_disclosure__140274.html ^
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