In his post-Trump administration days, Ken Cuccinelli is taking an initiative to both restore confidence in the electoral systems and drum up opposition to the Democrats’ comprehensive HR 1 election proposal.
On Monday, every single House Democrat signed HR 1, called the For the People Act. Billed as a way to extend voting rights, the legislation covers everything from a DC state resolution to automatic voter registration. Republicans have said the bill constitutes a “federal government takeover” of the election law.
Cuccinelli, former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, is working with Susan B. Anthony List and the American Principles Project on the campaign and will chair the Election Transparency Initiative. The operation, led by social conservatives, has a starting war chest of $ 5 million.
Cuccinelli said his goal was to “act quickly to defeat Democrats̵
“The pro-life movement must engage in electoral transparency and reform of integrity, or their ability to choose pro-life, pro-family lawmakers – and enact life-saving laws – will be greatly diminished, if not extinguished,” the former Trump official and former Virginia attorney general said.
The group plans to establish a defense of Senate filibusters and current Senate rules for the reconciliation process and mobilize the grassroots in battlefields like West Virginia, Arizona and Montana to convince these senators to oppose HR 1. The initiative will also push for state-based electoral reforms.
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HR 1 is expected to arrive on the floor of the house in the first week of March.
The legislation would create automatic voter registration across the country and ensure that those who complete crimes get their voting rights restored. The bill also expands early voting and improves absenteeism voting by simplifying voting per. Mail.
But potentially the most controversial measure in the bill obliges Congress to deliver on Washington, DC state. It also bans the cleansing of voter rolls and “ends biased gerrymandering to prevent politicians from electing their voters.”
Most recently, minority leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Has called it a “democratic policy protection law.” Republicans claim the DC state is a shoo-in for two more Democratic senators.
The bill also seeks to “end the dominance of big money in our policies” and aims to shine “a light on dark money in politics” by upgrading the publication of online political advertising and requiring all organizations involved in politics activity, must reveal their major donors.
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The bill “also breaks the so-called ‘nesting-doll’ sham, which allows contributors with big money and special interests the opportunity to hide the true source of funding for their political expenses” by donating to another group to buy a political ad. And it says it “strengthens the political power of hard-working Americans by creating a multiple matching system for small donations.”
The matching system “will be paid in full by a new surcharge on offenders and wealthy tax evaders,” according to the bill.
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The bill also requires, in a push over former President Trump, presidents to publish their tax returns – something that Trump managed to avoid while in office.
Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.