The opaque $70 million scheme by No Labels that could make Trump the next president

The opaque $70 million scheme by No Labels that could make Trump the next president

Judd Legum and Rebecca Crosby write:

No Labels, the purportedly non-partisan organization that supports Republicans and conservative Democrats, is making preparations to promote a third-party presidential ticket in 2024. The group says it is “laying the groundwork for a potential independent unity ticket in 2024” as an “insurance policy” in case both major parties “nominate candidates most Americans don’t want to vote for.” It claims that a “centrist” third-party ticket could win an “outright victory in the Electoral College in 2024.” The far more likely outcome of No Label’s strategy, however, would be to help Trump return to the Oval Office in 2024.

This is not a fly-by-night operation. No Labels said that it has raised $70 million for the effort and will seek to secure a line on the ballot in all 50 states. It has “already gained ballot access in Arizona, Colorado, Alaska and Oregon.” Where did No Labels get all this money? The group has not revealed any of its donors. It’s an odd position for an organization dedicated to restoring “trust” in institutions. In response to a request for comment, a No Labels spokesperson said the organization does not release its donors because it is not required by law, and “agitators and partisan operatives try to destroy organizations they don’t like by attacking and intimidating their individual supporters.”

No Labels says that it will only run a presidential ticket if Republicans and Democrats “nominate candidates who empower or cater to the extremes.” Would Biden fit the bill? No Labels will not answer that question either. But No Labels has produced graphics equating Trump and Biden, characterizing both as an unacceptable choice: [Continue reading…]

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