ALEC & CNP’s secretive group meets again to discuss interfering in election

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Members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the Council for National Policy (CNP) meet again as part of the “Political Process Working Group” that launched in August. The meeting occurs sometime during the 2019 States and Nation Policy Summit that takes place December 4-6.

The agenda, entitled “Process Issues at SNPS”, outlined a board-only model policy review of the electoral college, two redistricting workshops as previously reported by Documented, and a meeting on election issues that has not been previously reported and did not appear on the publicly available schedule. The agenda confirmed Arizona Rep. Shawnna Bolick and GOP Attorney Cleta Mitchell are chairing the group.


Save Our States Director Trent England leads a presentation comparing the national popular vote outcomes versus the electoral college. GOP strategist Tim Mooney discusses the usefulness of challenging votes based on citizenship. Arizona Tea Party coordinator Vera Anderson shares her election operations in Arizona.

Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation discusses issues related to voting rights, such as automatic voter registrations, ranked choice voting, and ballot harvesting (which later becomes a scare word used by the GOP). It was previously reported that von Spakovsky, at a CNP-sponsored private event, said “expanding voting rights and nonpartisan redistricting could imperil GOP political power.”

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.


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