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Scott Wallace

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Former 2018 Congressional Candidate (PA-01)

Co-Chair, Wallace Global Fund

Scott Wallace is a Democratic politician, heir to the Hi-Bred Corn Company fortune, grandson of former Vice President and far-left presidential candidate Henry Wallace, and the co-chair of the Wallace Global Fund, a funder of numerous left-of-center organizations. Through the fund, Wallace has backed numerous groups backing left-of-center economics, judicial policy, and abortion laws.

In 2018, he unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. House as a Democrat in Pennsylvania’s 1st District, losing to incumbent Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R).

Wallace Global Fund

The Wallace Global Fund is named after Wallace’s grandfather Henry A. Wallace, the 33rd vice president of the United States under Democratic President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. [1] Henry Wallace was removed from the Democratic ticket in 1944 for being too far left in his views, and went on to be the far-left Progressive Party nominee for president in 1948. [2]

The Wallace Global Fund has backed left-wing groups in a host of policy areas. Environmentalist groups are some of the largest recipients of money from the Wallace Global Fund with 350.org,[3] ClientEarth,[4] Oil Change International,[5] Oregon Environmental Council,[6] Rachel’s Network, Rainforest Action Network,[7] Sierra Club,[8] Greenpeace USA,[9] and Union of Concerned Scientists all receiving donations. [10]

Left-of-center judicial organizations that the fund has backed include Alliance for Justice, [11] the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty,[12] and the Brennan Center for Justice. [13] Sharon Camp, a member of the Emily’s List Leadership Circle, called Wallace and his family “stalwart supporters” of pro-abortion advocates due to the fund’s support for groups such as Planned Parenthood. [14] [15]

2018 House Campaign

In 2018, Wallace ran for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional District. He received the endorsement of prominent left-wing groups including Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Service Employees International Union, MoveOn, Sierra Club, and the National Organization of Women. [16] High profile Democrats also lined up to support Wallace with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) all endorsing him. [17]

During the campaign Wallace ran on a left-wing platform. He came out in favor of gun control and holding gun manufactures legally liable for crimes committed with guns. [18] Wallace advocated for more government health care spending and socialized medicine. [19] Wallace called a border wall “inhumane” and called for a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. [20] Wallace endorsed the Paris climate agreement and increased EPA regulations to address global warming. [21] Wallace supported rolling back the Religious Freedom Restoration Act which protects the free exercise of religion. [22] Wallace endorsed increased government regulation of employment practices, increased access to abortion, and mandatory paid leave. [23] Left-of-center economic policy that Wallace supported included a $15 minimum wage, increasing taxes, and forcing workers to pay union dues. [24]

Writings

Wallace wrote a New York Times opinion piece that referenced his grandfather’s 1943 article titled “The Danger of American Fascism.” [25] Wallace claims is grandfather predicted the Presidency of Donald Trump with his warning of a “super-nationalist who pursues political power by deceiving Americans and playing to their fears, but is really interested only in protecting his own wealth and privilege.” [26] While Wallace specifies that President Trump is not a fascist, he still compares President Trump to Mussolini for his “corporatism” defined as “a merger of state and corporate power.” [27] The article criticizes President Trump for alleged Russian collusion, his stance on global warming, and firing F.B.I. director James Comey. [28]

Wallace also wrote an article, along with Wallace Global Fund co-chair Scott Fitzmorris, in the Hill lauding the New Deal and the big-government programs it adopted. Wallace calls for “bold government leadership” to address global warming and says that the Green New Deal (GND) should be adopted. [29] Wallace thanked the Sunrise Movement, a far-left group of environmentalists that backs members of the Democratic Party’s left-most factions, for their activism supporting the GND. [30]

With House Democrats voting to back the Paris climate agreement and some polls showing Democrats see climate change as their top issue, Wallace hopes that environmentalism and the GND will play prominent roles in the 2020 presidential campaign. [31]

References

  1. “Henry A. Wallace.” Wallace Global Fund. Accessed June 4, 2019. http://wgf.org/henry-wallace/. ^
  2. “Henry A. Wallace.” Wallace Global Fund. Accessed June 4, 2019. http://wgf.org/henry-wallace/. ^
  3. “Grantee Database.” Wallace Global Fund. Accessed June 4, 2019. http://wgf.org/grants/grantee-database-2/. ^
  4. “Search: ClientEarth.” Wallace Global Fund. Accessed June 4, 2019. http://wgf.org/?s=”ClientEarth”. ^
  5. “Grantee Database.” Wallace Global Fund. Accessed June 4, 2019. http://wgf.org/grants/grantee-database-2/page/42/. ^
  6. “Grantee Database.” Wallace Global Fund. Accessed June 4, 2019. http://wgf.org/grants/grantee-database-2/page/43/. ^
  7. “Grantee Database.” Wallace Global Fund. Accessed June 4, 2019. http://wgf.org/grants/grantee-database-2/page/48/. ^
  8. “Grantee Database.” Wallace Global Fund. Accessed June 4, 2019. http://wgf.org/grants/grantee-database-2/page/51/. ^
  9. “Grantee Database.” Wallace Global Fund. Accessed June 4, 2019. http://wgf.org/grants/grantee-database-2/page/30/. ^
  10. “Grantee Database.” Wallace Global Fund. Accessed June 4, 2019. http://wgf.org/grants/grantee-database-2/page/57/. ^
  11. “Grantee Database.” Wallace Global Fund. Accessed June 4, 2019. http://wgf.org/grants/grantee-database-2/page/3/. ^
  12. “Grantee Database.” Wallace Global Fund. Accessed June 4, 2019. http://wgf.org/grants/grantee-database-2/page/40/. ^
  13. “Grantee Database.” Wallace Global Fund. Accessed June 4, 2019. http://wgf.org/grants/grantee-database-2/page/7/. ^
  14. https://www.scottwallacepa.com/issue/womens-rights/ ^
  15. “Grantee Database.” Wallace Global Fund. Accessed June 4, 2019. http://wgf.org/grants/grantee-database-2/page/45/. ^
  16. “Organizations.” Scott Wallace for Congress. Accessed June 4, 2019. https://www.scottwallacepa.com/endorsements/organizations/. ^
  17. “Individuals.” Scott Wallace for Congress. Accessed June 4, 2019. https://www.scottwallacepa.com/endorsements/individuals/. ^
  18. “Guns.” Scott Wallace for Congress. Accessed June 4, 2019. https://www.scottwallacepa.com/issue/guns/. ^
  19. “Health Care.” Scott Wallace for Congress. Accessed June 4, 2019. https://www.scottwallacepa.com/issue/health-care/. ^
  20. “Immigration.” Scott Wallace for Congress. Accessed June 4, 2019. https://www.scottwallacepa.com/issue/immigration/. ^
  21. “Climate Change.” Scott Wallace for Congress. Accessed June 4, 2019. https://www.scottwallacepa.com/issue/climate-change/. ^
  22. “LGBTQ Rights.” Scott Wallace for Congress. Accessed June 4, 2019. https://www.scottwallacepa.com/issue/lgbtq-rights/. ^
  23. “Women’s Rights.” Scott Wallace for Congress. Accessed June 4, 2019. https://www.scottwallacepa.com/issue/womens-rights/. ^
  24. “Workers’ Rights.” Scott Wallace for Congress. Accessed June 4, 2019. https://www.scottwallacepa.com/issue/workers-rights/. ^
  25. Wallace, Henry Scott. “American Fascism, in 1944 and Today.” The New York Times. May 12, 2017. Accessed June 4, 2019. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/12/opinion/american-fascism-trump.html?_r=0. ^
  26. Wallace, Henry Scott. “American Fascism, in 1944 and Today.” The New York Times. May 12, 2017. Accessed June 4, 2019. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/12/opinion/american-fascism-trump.html?_r=0. ^
  27. Wallace, Henry Scott. “American Fascism, in 1944 and Today.” The New York Times. May 12, 2017. Accessed June 4, 2019. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/12/opinion/american-fascism-trump.html?_r=0. ^
  28. Wallace, Henry Scott. “American Fascism, in 1944 and Today.” The New York Times. May 12, 2017. Accessed June 4, 2019. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/12/opinion/american-fascism-trump.html?_r=0. ^
  29. Wallace, Scott, and Scott Fitzmorris. “Climate Policy Can Recreate Prosperity of the New Deal.” TheHill. May 08, 2019. Accessed June 4, 2019. https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/442691-climate-policy-can-recreate-prosperity-of-the-new-deal. ^
  30. Wallace, Scott, and Scott Fitzmorris. “Climate Policy Can Recreate Prosperity of the New Deal.” TheHill. May 08, 2019. Accessed June 4, 2019. https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/442691-climate-policy-can-recreate-prosperity-of-the-new-deal. ^
  31. Wallace, Scott, and Scott Fitzmorris. “Climate Policy Can Recreate Prosperity of the New Deal.” TheHill. May 08, 2019. Accessed June 4, 2019. https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/442691-climate-policy-can-recreate-prosperity-of-the-new-deal. ^
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