New 'dark money' group led by Trump judicial adviser tied to network promoting his court picks - 2019-02-27
Newly obtained tax records shed additional light on the web of "dark money" organizations tied to President Donald Trump's top judicial adviser that were used to funnel millions to organizations that boosted the Supreme Court nominations of Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
The Freedom and Opportunity Fund is helmed by Leonard Leo, a Trump confidante and longtime executive vice president at the Federalist Society, a national conservative and libertarian lawyers network based in Washington, D.C.
Between its inception in 2016 and 2017, the fund donated $4 million to the Independent Women's Voice (IWV), a D.C.-based dark money organization, according to tax filings obtained by the Center for Responsive Politics and MapLight. IWV was vociferous in its defense of Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford, a Stanford professor who knew the justice while he was in prep school. IWV's president, Tammy Bruce, said on Fox News last year that Kavanaugh was "effectively being used as a stand-in for all perpetrators."