Tom Steyer Is Almost Single-Handedly Bankrolling ‘Immigrant Voters Win PAC’

PAC associated with three anti-Trump groups 

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Tom Steyer, the liberal billionaire pushing for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, is almost singlehandedly bankrolling a political action committee that was launched to turn out Latino voters and push back against Trump and Republicans, Federal Election Commission records show.

The Immigrant Voters Win PAC was launched in early 2016 as part of a campaign between three progressive organizations to register and turn out Latino voters after complaints that Democratic donors, including those in the Democracy Alliance, a secretive dark money liberal donor network, were not doing enough for Latino-based groups.

Liberal billionaire George Soros, cofounder of the Democracy Alliance, initially cut a $3 million check to the PAC and was for months its sole funder before other donors and committees began contributing.

Soros set a personal goal of enlarging the electorate by 10 million voters, according to hacked documents from his foundation, and vowed to make Republicans pay for their "anti-immigrant" rhetoric. Soros also funded multi-state challenges against voter identification laws, which was led by Marc Elias, a partner at the D.C. office of the Perkins Coie law firm, who was Hillary Clinton's top campaign lawyer.

The Immigrant Voters Win PAC raised a total of $10 million leading up to the 2016 election.

Now, Steyer, who is also linked to the Democracy Alliance, is almost single-handedly bankrolling the PAC this election cycle.

NextGen Climate Action Committee, a PAC associated with Steyer, contributed $718,236 to Immigrant Voters Win between October and mid-December, according to the PAC's most recent filings.

The PAC raised a total of $748,000 last year, with Steyer's funds accounting for nearly all of the donations outside of a $19,000 donation from Center for Community Change Action, a prominent anti-Trump "resistance" group.

Center for Community Change Action, a Washington, D.C.-based progressive community organizing group, is one of three organizations linked to the Immigrant Voters Win PAC. Deepak Bhargava, the executive director of the Center for Community Change, is a member of the U.S. programs advisory board at Soros's Open Society Foundations.

Bhargava's group, which hides its donors, receives funds from Soros's foundation in addition to a number of other large liberal groups, according to unredacted tax forms previously obtained by the Washington Free Beacon that shed light on the group's donors.

The Latino Victory Project, another group involved with the campaign tied to the Immigrant Voters Win PAC, was co-founded by actress Eva Longoria and Henry Muñoz, a San Antonio-based entrepreneur who has chaired the Democratic National Committee's national finance committee since 2013.

Longoria and Muñoz also ran the Futuro Fund, a former arm of President Barack Obama's reelection campaign, which hauled in $32 million for Obama's campaign in 2012.

America's Voice, the third group tied to the Immigrant Voters Win PAC, states its mission as pushing for "[a] direct, fair, and inclusive road to citizenship for immigrants in the U.S. without papers" and "channels for future legal immigration that are flexible and functional."

Steyer joined America's Voice, the Center for Community Change Action, and CASA in Action, a Mid-Atlantic immigration reform group with nearly one million members, leading up to Virginia's gubernatorial election last year.

More than $450,000 was passed from the Immigrant Voters Win PAC to CASA in Action before the November elections. Voters Win gave CASA in Action another contribution in the amount of $121,794 in December, new records show.

Steyer put millions into Virginia and also provided in-kind donations to Democrat Ralph Northam's campaign, now Virginia's governor, for staff time and advertisements.

Steyer has also launched a multi-million campaign to impeach President Trump, which has frustrated Democratic leaders. Steyer also claims he will not donate to Democrats in 2018 after the party caved on the government shutdown.

Steyer's group did not return a request for comment on it bankrolling the Immigrant Voters Win PAC.

Joe Schoffstall   Email Joe | Full Bio | RSS
Joe Schoffstall is a staff writer for the Washington Free Beacon. Previously, he spent three years with the Media Research Center and was most recently with the Capitol City Project. He can be reached at Schoffstall@freebeacon.com. His Twitter handle is @JoeSchoffstall.

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