Dark money met election interference in a bid to keep former President Donald Trump off of state ballots, linked to George Soros.
While lawfare has continued against the president through the perceived political persecutions brought on by numerous indictments across the nation, radical activists have hardly remained sideline spectators. Instead, they’ve engaged in legal contests of their own, attempting to prevent a possible 2024 Trump candidacy from ever being viable with funds traced to the billionaire philanthropist’s Open Society Foundations.
Formerly the Open Society Institute, and now controlled by his heir and successor Alex Soros, the infamous businessman’s grantmaking network was shown to have an established link to the 501 (c)(3) group Free Speech For People, currently challenging Trump’s legal right to be on the ballot in Minnesota based on a 14th Amendment claim.
According to investigative think tank Capital Research Center, at least between 2001 and 2006, the Open Society Institute had “contributed $100,000 and $275,000 every year to,” The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, from which Free Speech For People was shown to receive donations, as documented by Influence Watch.
While Soros’ foundation was also stated to have been connected to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) behind a similar legal fight in Colorado, as asserted by the group’s founder Melanie Sloan during an interview on C-SPAN’s “Q&A,” Free Speech For People also had ongoing ties back to the dark money network Washington, D.C. consulting firm Arabella Advisors.
The 501 (c)(3) founded in 2010 was responsible for both the 2016 targeting of Trump Organization subsidiary Trump SoHo for connections to the California and New York state retirement systems, an alleged violation of the Domestic Emoluments Clause, and the movement to see the president impeached the first time.
Thursday, their legal challenge against the president was scheduled to begin oral arguments in the Minnesota Supreme Court as they asserted “…Donald J. Trump is disqualified from the presidency of the United States under Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment…”
The pertinent detail of the amendment stated ineligibility if they had engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the [United States], or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof,” barring a two-thirds vote of both chambers of Congress to remove the restriction.
“Donald J. Trump, through his words and actions, after swearing an oath as an officer of the United States to support the Constitution, engaged in insurrection or rebellion,” their original petition stated.
As for the case in Colorado, ABC News reported that the evidentiary hearing that began Monday was slated to run five days and CREW President Noah Bookbinder had said “it is necessary to defend our republic both today and in the future.”
A spokesperson for the president had countered claims brought against Trump and said in a statement, “The people who are pursuing this absurd conspiracy theory and political attack on President Trump are stretching the law beyond recognition.”
Further, Trump attorney Scott Gessler, former secretary of state for Colorado, said in his opening remarks, “It looks to extinguish the opportunity…for millions of Coloradans, Colorado Republicans and unaffiliated voters, to be able to choose and vote for the presidential candidate they want.”