Members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the Council for National Policy (CNP) meet to discuss a secret “Political Process Working Group” during ALEC’s Annual Meeting. The focus is on how to influence the outcome of the 2020 election.
The meeting is arranged by ALEC CEO and CNP member Lisa Nelson. On the agenda are topics such as election law, campaign finance, ballot integrity, redistricting, the electoral college, and questioning who can and cannot vote.
Leading the meeting are ALEC Action president Michael Bowman, Arizona State Rep. Shawnna Bolick, and GOP attorney Cleta Mitchell.
During another session at the Annual Meeting, Cleta Mitchell is recorded saying “We’re going to teach you how to gerrymander.” For those who don’t know, gerrymandering is a political tactic normally only possible within state legislatures. The majority party redraws district lines to give their own lawmakers and advantage in the next election.
Other speakers in that session are Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation (a CNP group), North Carolina election lawyer Thomas Farr, former Georgia Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, and Texas state Rep. Phil King.
The Political Process Working Group meets again in December.
Council for National Policy Backstory
The Council for National Policy is a highly secretive right-wing extremist group that works in tandem with public figures and less secretive organizations to donate to and draft policies for Republican presidents. For example, if a Republican candidate does not have a problem with same-sex marriage, the CNP might make sure they change that position.
Trump File first mentioned the CNP when detailing the group’s involvement in anti-lockdown protests and influence on the Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Months later, CNP members orchestrated “Stop The Steal” and “March for Trump” events that became a battle cry for far-right fascist groups like the Proud Boys to take to the streets of Washington, DC.