Heritage Foundation Uses Dark Money to Suppress Voting Rights

The watchdog group Documented recently obtained 2021 tax filings by Heritage Action for America, the advocacy arm of the Heritage Foundation. It reveals that more than $5M was spent on lobbying for voter suppression across 27 battleground states in 2021. By comparison, Heritage Action spent no money on outside lobbing in 2020 and this contrast helps explain the surge of voter suppression legislation in Republican controlled states at that time.

These efforts are part of a larger two-year strategy to influence elections in the United States. The New York times first reported on the plan and The Guardian later obtained and published the Heritage Action Plan in full. The plan “points to the pivotal role that Heritage Action is increasingly playing in shaping the rules that govern US democracy.”