By Dave Andrusko
Pro-abortionists are competing for the title of “We hate pro-life President Donald Trump the most.” The first three to come to mind are Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and EMILY’s List.
Add to that rogue’s list the ACLU. Under the bated-breath headline, “ACLU to storm 2018 midterms,” POLITICO tells us, “The group aims to rival the National Rifle Association as a force on the left and become a hub of the anti-Trump movement.”
Also, as the story makes clear further one, the ACLU intends to become a hub in the anti-pro-life movement.
To that end, the ACLU is “jumping into the 2018 midterms with plans to spend upward of $25 million promoting ballot initiatives and issues in contested races across the country,” according to Edward-Isaac Dovere.
Most of the ACLU’s spending in 2018 will be directed at Republicans, though operatives haven’t ruled out indirectly going after Democrats on the wrong side of their issues, too. It will not form a PAC or endorse candidates, moves that would mean losing its 501(c)(4) nonprofit status, instead limiting its activity to promoting issues and initiatives. Among them are voting rights, the travel ban, disability rights, reproductive rights and immigration.
In an attempt to increase turnout, the ACLU is “committed to spending $5 million to qualify and propel a ballot initiative in Florida to re-enfranchise up to 1.5 million convicted felons. [Executive Director Anthony] Romero said if the proposal succeeds in adding that many voters to the rolls ahead of the 2020 election, the effect will be ‘felt not just in Florida, but across the country, in terms of a very different view of the political map.’”
A seven-figure investment in a similar ballot initiative in another state is being finalized, Romero said. And the ACLU has begun to zero in on other races: in Kansas, where conservative Kris Kobach is running for governor; in Wisconsin, to stop Scott Walker from winning another term; and in a slate of races for Republican-held House seats that Democrats are trying to flip. In all, ACLU officials say they expect to get involved in about a dozen races, including for district attorney in California and Texas.
Forewarned is forearmed. While it may seem a long ways away, the November 2018 elections are already in full swing.