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Enron Billionaire’s Dark Money Group Is Funding a Redistricting Campaign in Missouri

The “Action Now Initiative” is also funding similar efforts in Utah and Michigan.

By NTK Staff | 08.27.2018 @4:30pm
Enron Billionaire’s Dark Money Group Is Funding a Redistricting Campaign in Missouri

The “Action Now Initiative,” which is bankrolled by liberal billionaire and former Enron executive John Arnold and his wife Laura, is reportedly funding a group in Missouri that is pushing a controversial ballot initiative that would “change Missouri’s system for drawing state legislative districts.”

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Clean Missouri, which is backing the Amendment 1 referendum on the November ballot, took in $312,000 from the Action Now Initiative and $13,287 from the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center.”

The Amendment 1 referendum would “ban most lobbyist gifts to lawmakers, lower limits on campaign contributions and make lawmakers subject to open records laws.”

“Its most controversial provision would change Missouri’s system for drawing state legislative districts with a model designed to have the number of seats won by each party more closely reflect its statewide vote,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The “Action Now Initiative” is also funding efforts to create commissions that would redraw political districting maps and force legislatures to vote on the maps it creates in Utah and Michigan. Similarly to Missouri, the Arnold’s “Action Now Initiative” gave $355,000 to a group in Utah and $250,000 to a group in Michigan, each with the aim to change the way districts are drawn.

A spokesman for Clean Missouri defended the group’s decision to accept donations from “Action Now Initiative.”

“They are pretty clear with what they are advocating for,” Benjamin Singer told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “It’s pretty different from these groups that are funneling money into these races and abusing the system.”

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