Across the country, state lawmakers have pushed forward bills to lower democratic participation. State after state have adopted laws that criminalize voter registration drives, limit the ability of low-income people and college students to vote, and otherwise restrict qualified voters from casting a ballot. As Republic Report revealed earlier this week, the controversial purge of Florida voters is tied to a slush fund of secret cash from corporate executive bents on spending $1 billion in political funds this year. The shadowy American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) helped advance anti-voter laws until a mass exodus of its corporate members forced the group to retreat.  But there’s evidence that big business is getting involved in the act from other sources as well.

In Maine, Gov. Paul LePage (R) approved a bill that ended same-day voter registration in Maine. Residents challenged the law last year in a referendum, but a mystery donor contributed $250,000 to the effort to campaign seeking to keep the law on the books. The referendum ultimately passed, and the voter suppression law was repealed. But questions remained about the source of the secret anti-voter registration cash.

As ThinkProgress’ Scott Keyes reported, a disclosure filed after the election revealed that a single 501(c) group, called the American Justice Partnership, provided the entire $250,000 check. But like so many other political groups, AJP appears to be a front, an organization set up simply to conceal the true donors. Who put up the money?

AJP has refused to tell the public about its donors.

Republic Report has found some of the money going into AJP, the group that tried to prevent same-day voter registration in Maine. And it’s a surprising source: Wisconsin.

Tax forms from the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Issues Mobilization Council Inc. show that the group, which is run by corporations like the Boldt Company and Wausau Paper, provided at least $865,000 to the group:

The disclosure shows that the Wisconsin business group gave American Justice Partnership the money to support “shared mission of educating the public about business issues.” But this vague description is applied to every grant. For more clarity, we asked Jim Pugh, a communications executive with the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce group. “Our 990 form speaks for itself,” he wrote back. “Thanks for your interest.”

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68 Responses to “Revealed: Secretive Group Working To Suppress Voting In Maine Funded In Part By Wisconsin Businesses”

  1. Ecallahan5 says:

    Our Supreme Court must do something real, not find against the people they are pledged to support. There is so much money to work against if it affects the bottom line of some corporations. I suggest that the Supremes be publicly castrated.

  2. […] Though the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) may be backing slightly off their Voter Suppression crusade due to corporate members jumping ship, states under Tea Party influence are continuing the effort with funding from unexpected sources. In Maine, a legislation was signed into law last year disallowing same-day voter registration. When Maine voters put the issue to public referendum it was upheld, partly due to a mysterious out-of-state donation of $250,000, over three quarters of the entire budget for the voter suppression campaign. The donor was revealed in post-campaign disclosure as the American Justice Partnership (AJP): […]

  3. Yogiobear says:

    Corporations are spending money from the profits made from the sweat of their employee’s brows and to hell with what the stockholders think.

  4. […] association in Wisconsin that represents manufacturers and construction interests, and found a $250,000 grant to AJP in 2010. Why did these Wisconsin businesses give money? It’s possible it was in […]

  5. Tdragert says:

    We must educate the public on all this, beginning with disclosure! Call your CA assembly member and say you support the CA Disclose Act, AB1648 – they’ll be voting soon, and we’re 1 vote short!

  6. […] American Justice Partnership is a shadowy organization that funded the majority of the campaign against voting rights in Maine […]

  7. […] in redistricting years (those ending in “2″)>The Republic Report has reveals that a secretive group working to suppress voting in Maine is funded in part by Wisconsin businesses.Last week we reported on the criteria used to select the nine cities that Gov. Paul LePage […]

  8. […] Republic Report also reported that portions of the money that went to try to disenfranchise Mainers came from a pro-business group out of Wisconsin, all orchestrated by AFP out of Michigan. Tax forms from the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Issues Mobilization Council Inc. show that the group, which is run by corporations like the Boldt Company and Wausau Paper, provided at least $865,000 to [American Justice Partnership]: […]

  9. […] Commerce Issues Mobilization Inc., according to that group’s tax filing and first reported by RepublicReport.org, a website that investigates the corrupting influence of money in politics. WMC Issues Mobilization […]

  10. […] we haven’t jumped the irony shark yet, Wisconsin businesses also funded the Maine campaign for voter suppression. Democracy at its corporate […]

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