Honest Elections Project

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Honest Elections Project (HEP) is a dark money voter suppression group formed in February 2020 that is a project of the 85 Fund.[1] The 85 Fund is the new legal name for the Judicial Education Project, a group closely linked to Leonard Leo that has played an integral role in Trump's effort to fill the federal judiciary with right-wing judges.[1]

HEP is led by Jason Snead, former senior policy analyst for the Heritage Foundation where he was tasked with developing the Heritage Election Fraud Database.[2]

News and Controversies

HEP Makes $250,000 TV Ad Buy Opposing Mail-In Voting

HEP Ad "Hard to Cheat"

HEP announced a $250,000 TV ad campaign opposing mail-in voting the week of April 13 airing on on Fox News, MSNBC and CNN to protect against the “brazen attempt to manipulate the election system for partisan advantage.”[3]

Jason Snead, HEP's executive director, told NBC News, “there are a lot more opportunities for malfeasance” with mail-in voting.[3] The Brennan Center disagrees, saying, "While mail ballots are more susceptible to fraud than in-person voting, it is still more likely for an American to be struck by lightning than to commit mail voting fraud."[4]

HEP Files Briefs in Favor of Voter Suppression Measures

As of May 2020, HEP has filed "briefs in favor of voting restrictions in Nevada, Virginia, Texas, Wisconsin and Minnesota, among other places, at times represented by lawyers from the same firm that represents Trump," The Guardian reported.[1]

HEP Threatens Election Officials With Legal Action if They Do Not Purge Voter Rolls

As of May 2020, HEP had "facilitated letters to election officials in Colorado, Florida and Michigan, using misleading data to accuse jurisdictions of having bloated voter rolls and threatening legal action," The Guardian reported.[1]

Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

ALEC scheduled an "exclusive" call for its members on June 9, 2020 with HEP and a "former FEC official" on mail-in voting.[5]

About ALEC
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Funding

HEP is not required to disclose its funding information so funding sources will not be available until IRS 2020 filings are due.

Core Financials

Financials for the HEP are not available and will not be until IRS filings for 2020 are released.

Personnel

As of May 2020:[2]

Staff

  • Jason Snead, Executive Director

Contact Information

Honest Elections Project

Website: https://www.honestelections.org
Twitter: https://twitter.com/honestelections
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/honestelections

Articles and Resources

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Sam Levine and Anna Massoglia, Revealed: conservative group fighting to restrict voting tied to powerful dark money network, The Guardian, May 27, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Honest Elections Project, About, Honest Elections Project, May 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Leigh Ann Caldwell, Conservative group to launch ads opposing mail-in voting, NBC News, April 13, 2020.
  4. Wendy R. Weiser and Harold Ekeh, The False Narrative of Vote-by-Mail Fraud, The Brennan Center, April 10, 2020.
  5. eventbrite,ALEC Invite to "Mail-In Voting: Exclusive Call with Former FEC Official & Honest Elections, eventbrite, June 2020.