Swiss billionaire-backed environmental groups spent big targeting millions of Biden voters
'Dangerous pattern of giving by the left’s largest foreign mega-donor warrants immediate congressional oversight,' watchdog expert tells Fox News Digital
By Thomas Catenacci , Joe Schoffstall | Fox News
Environmental groups heavily financed by a Swiss foreign national spent big on data mining operations targeting millions of President Biden’s voters, efforts that could be replicated ahead of the 2024 presidential elections.
The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Victory Fund, LCV’s independent political action committee, and Climate Power shelled out $15 million last year for a “sophisticated targeting project unlike anything they’d ever undertaken before” to propel Democrats, Politico reported earlier this month. The LCV and Climate Power are two prominent far-left environmental groups that push aggressive green transition policies and have received large funding from Swiss billionaire Hansjörg Wyss’ nonprofits.
As part of the operation, LCV Victory Fund and Climate Power hired BlueLabs Analytics, a Washington, D.C.-based data science organization, to mine data of more than two million Biden voters in crucial swing states with advertisements and mailers ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
The operation, and other similar funding schemes for political activity during last year’s midterms potentially tied to Wyss, raises legal questions given the billionaire’s nationality. Under federal election law, foreign nationals — Wyss is listed as recently as 2021 in financial filings as a “citizen of Switzerland” — are prohibited from contributing directly or indirectly to U.S. political campaigns.
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“Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss spent nearly $73 million to influence American politics and policy, routing most of that money through the Arabella Advisors network,” Caitlin Sutherland, the executive director for watchdog group Americans for Public Trust (APT), told Fox News Digital. “Without offering any evidence, Mr. Wyss’ groups insist that his foreign money does not end up in partisan electoral activities.”
“But now we have proof that the climate groups he funds funneled money to specifically target Biden voters in key states,” she continued. “This dangerous pattern of giving by the left’s largest foreign mega-donor warrants immediate congressional oversight.”
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For more than two decades, Wyss has been highly involved financially in various left-wing causes. Wyss founded the Wyss Foundation in the late 1990s as his main tax-exempt funding arm, and the Berger Action Fund in 2007. The billionaire has pushed hundreds of millions of dollars to his two nonprofits which have then spread his money to a vast array of groups, many of which like the LCV are actively involved in political issues.
According to tax filings obtained by APT and shared with Fox News Digital, a single anonymous donor, likely Wyss himself, wired a staggering $278.9 million to the Berger Action Fund between April 2021 and March 2022. The group in turn contributed $72.7 million to 12 separate dark-money organizations.
LCV was among the 12 groups and received $3.5 million from Wyss’ nonprofit. Other groups, including the Center for Popular Democracy, Moms Rising Together, National Redistricting Action Fund, and WorkMoney, received millions of dollars in additional contributions from the Berger Action Fund. The groups are involved in political campaigns.
“President Biden has the power of the Executive Order at his command and he should use it to deliver for our communities – Black and brown people, immigrants, working class and low income people, disabled and LGBTQ people,” Center for Popular Democracy Co-Executive Director DaMareo Cooper said last year.
“We won’t stop pushing Congress, but we can’t wait,” he added. “Biden must commit … to using executive action to get off fossil fuels, protect immigrants, cancel student debt, lower prescription drug costs and pursue justice reform.”