First on Fox: A prominent left-wing dark money nonprofit pumped nearly $150 million in secret cash into progressive groups and causes in 2022, according to tax forms obtained by Fox News Digital.
The Sixteen Thirty Fund, one of several nonprofits run by Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm Arabella Advisors, received $189.9 million in contributions from anonymous donors last year, according to their most recent documents.
During this time, the nonprofit has provided $148.7 million in grants to Democratic-aligned groups and endeavors, including significant amounts to organizations working on voter engagement and environmental initiatives. The nonprofit also paid large sums of cash to groups located in pivotal swing states.
“These new documents show once again that the Sixteen Thirty Fund has been the most productive supporter of extremist candidates and causes in the 2022 midterm election cycle,” Caitlin Sutherland, executive director of Americans for Public Trust, told Fox News Digital.
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“It also appears that foreign national Hansjörg Wiess remains one of the largest individual donors, driving a dump truck of money through the loophole of foreign influence into battleground states across the country,” Sutherland said. “This portends a massive foreign-funded left-wing dark money operation that we expect will play a huge role in supporting liberal candidates and causes in 2024.”
According to the Sixteen Thirty Fund’s tax forms, the nonprofit received more than $10 million from at least five different donors, with one individual providing the group with a staggering $34.5 million contribution.
In turn, the Sixteen Thirty Fund took the anonymous funds and transferred huge sums to groups across the country. One of its most significant grants, $20 million, went to America’s Voices, which describes itself as a “coordinating center for the progressive community.”
Its website states that America Vote focuses on “voter education and vote-by-mail programs to defend our democracy and build on high levels of energy and engagement, especially in communities of color and among young people.”
Tax forms also show the nonprofit also sent $5 million to the League of Conservation Voters, an environmental group committed to moving green policies and the American economy away from fossil fuels.
The influential environmental group has demonstrated its influence in the Biden administration, influencing policy-making decisions since early 2021.
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Fox News Digital previously reported that the group consulted privately with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and EPA Administrator Michael Regan, according to internal calendar entries. Between August 2021 and June, the group’s president, Gene Karpinski, also visited the White House at least eight times, according to visitor logs.
The Sixteen Thiry Fund has also distributed millions of dollars to groups like the Run for Something Action Fund, which recruits young progressives to run for office; The Committee on Reproductive Freedom for All, which opposes restrictions on abortion; Every Eligible American, Voter Turnout Organization; And the Safe Elections Project.
Millions more went to several groups in key swing states such as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The $150 million that the Sixteen Thirty Fund provided in grants throughout 2022 represents a significant increase from the $107 million it disbursed the previous year.
Meanwhile, Arabella Advisors remained the lead contractor for the Sixteen Thirty Fund. According to tax forms, the nonprofit paid Arabella $4.26 million for administrative and operational support.
In addition to the Sixteen Thirty Fund, Arabella Advisors runs several other nonprofits that host dozens of liberal groups, including those working with the Biden administration on policy. Together, these groups make up America’s most prominent dark money network.
The network of groups also falls under the New Venture Fund, the Windward Fund and the Hopewell Fund. A fifth fund, the North Fund, has also been linked to the network. Each fund is a financial sponsor for other nonprofits by providing tax and legal status for those living under it.
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This configuration allows financially supported groups to avoid submitting tax records to the IRS, effectively hiding their financial and other information. Arabella-run nonprofits also do not disclose donor information on their tax forms, keeping the public in the dark as far as possible about who is using the network as a conduit to fund left-wing initiatives.
In recent years, billions of dollars have flowed through the network to support progressive causes across the country.
Financiers such as Swiss billionaire Hansjörg Weiss and George Soros funneled money to groups in the network. The Democracy Alliance, the premier left-wing club of secret big-money donors, has also listed its funds in previously classified documents regarding where money is funneled to specific initiatives.
The funds in this relationship have also passed money to entities with ties to Democratic leadership in the past.
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In 2020, the Sixteen Thirty Fund gave $750,000 to House Majority Forward, a dark money nonprofit affiliated with then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, tax forms show. That same year, the Sixteen Thirty Fund directed $500,000 to a Senate majority political action committee aligned with Senator Chuck Schumer.
The Sixteen Thirty Fund did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
Fox News Digital’s Thomas Catenacci contributed to this report.