Fair Lines America

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Fair Lines America (FLA) is a registered 501(c)4 non-profit that works to prevent independent redistricting commissions from establishing in the states, conducts redistricting trainings, and weighs in on redistricting litigation.[1] FLA's executive director is Adam Kincaid, who also serves in the same capacity for the National Republican Redistricting Trust.

NRRT senior adviser Guy Harrison told Politico of Kincaid’s leadership, “Adam is a chief authority on redistricting within our party, and he has the experience and expertise to meet the Democrat litigation juggernaut head-on.”[2]

FLA has a sister registered 501(c)3 organization: Fair Lines America Foundation.

News and Controversies

FLA Launches American Redistricting Project Site

On June 1, 2020, The Hill reported that FLA launched a new site: The American Redistricting Project. FLA's executive director Adam Kincaid told The Hill, "If you are interested in redistricting and you're a college student or you are a reporter, you end up at the Brennan Center or you end up at a couple of blogs done by college professors, but there's nothing from the conservative movement. What we wanted to do was to fill that vacuum."[3]

ALEC Holds Tutorial with FLA Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) held a six-part training session "Mapping America" for "legislative leadership and key redistricting staff" in May 2020 by "our good friends at Fair Lines."[1] (See ALEC section below for more.)

FLA Files Supporting Brief in Case Challenging Michigan's Independent Redistricting Commission

FLA filed an amicus brief in support of Citizens Protecting Michigan's Constitution's legal challenge to the creation of the independent commission following a 2018 vote to create an independent redistricting commission. The measure passed with 61.8 percent of the vote.[1]

Ties to the Bradley Foundation

In 2019, the Bradley Foundation gave Fair Lines America Foundation $100,000 to "support start up efforts." Fair Lines America Foundation is also an "approved grant recipient" of Bradley's donor advised fund, the Bradley Impact Fund.[1]

Bradley Files

In 2017, the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), publishers of SourceWatch, launched a series of articles on the Milwaukee-based Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, exposing the inner-workings of one of America's largest right-wing foundations. 56,000 previously undisclosed documents laid bare the Bradley Foundation's highly politicized agenda. CMD detailed Bradley's efforts to map and measure right wing infrastructure nationwide, including by dismantling and defunding unions to impact state elections; bankrolling discredited spin doctor Richard Berman and his many front groups; and more.

Find the series here at ExposedbyCMD.org.

Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) held a six-part training session for "legislative leadership and key redistricting staff" in May 2020 by "our good friends at Fair Lines."[1]

"The first, titled 'Redistricting Basics and the 2020 Census,' gave an 'overview of the tools and skills' needed for redistricting and featured “experts” on the 2020 Census.

The May 13 webinar on 'Changes in Redistricting Law' again featured 'experts' who spoke on the 'volume and impact of liberal (i.e. Democrats) litigation this decade and the changing redistricting legal landscape heading into 2021.'

Attendees to the third webinar scheduled for this afternoon, May 14, will hear from 'academic experts and lawyers' on 'The Fourteenth Amendment, Voting Rights Act, and Recent Academic Literature.'

The fourth webinar on May 19, titled 'Redistricting Data Science,' will delve into the technical resources available to map drawers and how FLA and its Foundation can be of assistance.

'Commission Litigation and Engagement,' the fifth webinar on May 21, will focus on legal challenges to redistricting commissions and how to 'engage' with them, and the final webinar on May 27 will give legislators the 'tools' to defend their 'maps, push back against liberal redistricting strategies, and go on offense,'" David Armiak reported for the Center for Media and Democracy.[1]

About ALEC
ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.

Funding

FLA and FLA Foundation are not required to disclose their funders. Two major funders of FLA Foundation, however, were found through a search of IRS filings and annual reviews. Here are the know funders of WILL:

Core Financials

2018[5]

  • Total Revenue: $950,000
  • Total Expenses: $1,214,731
  • Net Assets: $137,460

Grants Distributed

  • Better Jobs Coalition: $50,000
  • Citizen's Protecting Michigan's Constitution: $50,000
  • Advance Missouri: $50,000
  • Michigan Freedom Fund: $50,000

2017[6]

  • Total Revenue: $500,000
  • Total Expenses: $97,817
  • Net Assets: $402,183

Personnel

As of December 2018:[5]

Staff

  • Adam Kincaid, executive director
  • Liam O'Rourke, data director
  • Bradley Walp, GIS director

Board of Directors

  • Bill Cuthier
  • Henry Shelton
  • Bill Watkins

Contact Information

Fair Lines America
2308 Mount Vernon Ave Ste 716
Alexandria, VA 22301
Phone: 571-482-7690
Website: https://fairlines.org
Twitter: https://twitter.com/fairlinesusa

Articles and Resources

IRS Form 990 Filings

2018

2017

External articles

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 David Armiak, ALEC Holds Tutorial with Republican’s “Chief Authority on Redistricting” Amidst Pandemic, ExposedbyCMD, May 14, 2020.
  2. Scott Bland, GOP redistricting group names executive director, Politico, September 11, 2018.
  3. Reid Wilson, GOP group launches redistricting site, The Hill, June 1, 2020.
  4. David Armiak, DonorsTrust Pumped $142 Million into Right-Wing Causes in 2018, ExposedbyCMD, December 23, 2019.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Fair Lines America, 2018 IRS form 990, organizational tax filing, November 15, 2019.
  6. Fair Lines America, 2018 IRS form 990, organizational tax filing, November 12, 2018.