by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Liberal groups heavily financed by Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer and billionaire George Soros are part of a new coalition launched to attack Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) and Republicans ahead of the 2020 elections.
Fix Our Senate, an alliance of liberal groups launched Tuesday, said that it intends to “shine a light on McConnell and every ally who supports him,” Axios reported. The group plans to push out damaging research against McConnell in hopes of pinning responsibility for “wealth inequality,” drug prices, conservative judicial nominations, and legislative gridlock on the Kentucky senator.
Despite their focus on “inequality,” the groups behind Fix Our Senate are themselves fueled by some of the wealthiest and most powerful donors to the Democratic party. The new effort is part of a wave of dark money being poured into progressive coffers by deep-pocketed financiers, activist networks, and labor unions in advance of the 2020 election. It also indicates that these groups see McConnell—who has repeatedly frustrated the left’s agenda in the Senate—as a prime target in November. …
… One of the groups in the Fix Our Senate coalition, For Our Future, was launched by Steyer and four labor unions during the 2016 election cycle. For Our Future’s political action committee is bankrolled almost entirely by Steyer’s NextGen Climate Action Committee, which has paid out $25.9 million over the last four years. NextGen has provided 83 percent of the group’s total contributions in the 2020 cycle thus far, money that will go toward Democratic campaigns in seven swing states.