Conservatives Launch $2 Million Campaign to Expose Biden's Radical Nominees and Dark Money

Michael W. Chapman | February 20, 2021 | 11:00am EST
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Vanita Gupta and Xavier Becerra, nominated by President Biden for executive branch positions.
Vanita Gupta and Xavier Becerra, nominated by President Biden for executive branch positions.

(CNS News) -- A coalition of conservative organizations, led by three major groups, has launched a $2 million-plus campaign to expose how President Joe Biden's call for "unity" in the country is questionable given the radical left background of some of his executive branch nominees, who are pushing extreme agendas that mirror the desires of the dark money donors who put Biden in office. 

Dark money donations are funds raised by non-profit organizations that are not required to disclose their donors' identities. As Bloomberg reported in late January, the Biden campaign was backed by $145 million in dark money donations while President Trump received only $28.4 million in dark money. 

President Joe Biden. (Getty Images)
President Joe Biden. (Getty Images)

The three conservative groups -- Judicial Crisis Network, Heritage Action for America, and Americans for Public Trust -- have launched ads (for cable TV and online) that started airing on Feb. 18. 

The Judicial Crisis Network is sponsoring an ad about Vanita Gupta, who was nominated by Biden to be the next U.S. Associate Attorney General, the No. 3 position at the Justice Department. Gupta was the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the Obama administration, and the deputy legal director of the left-wing American Civil Liberties Union. 

According to the ad, Gupta supports defunding the police, commuting the sentences of people on federal death row, and releasing convicts in federal prisons who are at risk of catching COVID. 

"Biden promised unity, but this is a dangerous appointee in a dangerous time," states the advertisement. 

The ad from Heritage Action for America focuses on Xavier Becerra, who was nominated by President Biden to be the next secretary of Health and Human Services. Becerra, 63, currently is the attorney general of California; he served in Congress from 1993 to 2017. 

The ad notes that Becerra is not a medical doctor and that in 2000 he helped to persuade President Bill Clinton to commute the prison sentence of a convicted drug dealer. The father of the drug dealer had made political donations to Becerra.

As the House Committee on Government Reform reported, "Congressman Becerra conceded that the Vignalis [family] were not members of his constituency but that Horacio [the father] had been a friend and contributor of his for five years." 

The report specified that Horacio Vignali had contributed at least $11,000 to Becerra's political action committee between 1998 and 2001, $2,475 to his congressional campaigns, and $3,500 toward his subsequent failed bid for Los Angeles mayor, reported FNC

The ad further reports that Becerra supports government-run health care and that he sued a group of Catholic nuns, the Little Sisters of the Poor.  Becerra argued that the Sisters must provide contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs and devices under the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare").

Becerra supports abortion on demand, wants to decriminalize illegal immigration, and impose more gun control laws. 

Becerra is a "radical partisan, an activist, not a doctor," states the ad. 

In a third ad, the Americans for Public Trust discusses how dark money interests may be influencing the Biden White House. The Biden campaign received $145 million in dark money from such funds as Arabella Advisors, the Sixteen Thirty Fund, Majority Forward, and the League of Conservation Voters.

Ron Klain, now Biden's chief of staff, "led a top dark money group," the Center for American Progress Action Fund, states the ad. 

Gina McCarthy, now Biden's national climate adviser, is the CEO and president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, which has a dark money NRDC Action Fund, states the ad.  That fund reportedly also received money from Arabella Advisors. 

Biden, states the ad, will not open America's public schools because of the resistance from teachers' unions and their "dark money." 

"From personnel to policy, Biden is just starting to pay back all that dark money," states the advertisement. 

(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

Last week, RealClearPolitics reported, "During his presidential primary campaign last spring, Joe Biden said one of his first priorities would be signing a comprehensive campaign-finance reform bill that, among other things, would force dark-money groups to disclose their donors. But in the first few weeks of the new administration, passing a COVID relief bill to help struggling Americans, along with impeaching Trump, have become the two main priorities set before Congress.

"For now at least, the reform bills have been shunted aside despite Democrats giving them top legislative billing – dubbing them HR 1 and S 1 to signify their importance."

The Senate confirmation hearing for Xavier Becerra starts on Tuesday, Feb. 23. 

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