Evan McMullin’s newly-founded nonprofit, Stand Up Republic, has allowed McMullin to continue his Never Trump efforts post-election, according to The Daily Caller.
Most recently, the organization placed a $500,000 ad buy in Alabama in opposition of Roy Moore, once again placing itself opposite the Trump White House, which formally endorsed Moore’s candidacy this week.
The Washington Post reported that the ad buy could prove to be “one of the largest third-party interventions in the state.”
But who’s funding McMullin’s efforts? Who are the donors giving enough money for such buys to occur?
That’s the clincher—McMullin doesn’t want voters to know.
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Because Stand Up Republic is classified as a 501(c)4 “social welfare” group, the organization is allowed to shield the identity of its donors from the public — unlike campaigns and super PACs, which are required by the IRS to disclose the identity of any donor over $200.
“Consistent with existing law, we do not publicly disclose any information about the identities of our donors,” the group’s website states.
Groups like Stand Up Republic are allowed to spend money in elections — which they are doing in Alabama — as long as their “primary” purpose isn’t overtly political. This generally requires spending less than half of the organization’s resources on political activities, although that rule can be difficult to enforce.
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McMullin recently shared on Twitter that his organization boasts upwards of 4,000 donors “across the country from both sides of the political spectrum and large donors from Silicon valley.”
One of the Silicon Valley donors, it’s been revealed, is billionaire eBay founder Pierre Omidyar.
Omidyar announced a $250,000 donation to Stand Up Republic in May through his organization, Democracy Fund. (Democracy Fund publicizes all its grants in the interest of transparency.)
Democracy Fund said the donation to Stand Up Republic was to support the group in “confronting and engaging in important work to protect the norms of our democracy and to push back against dangerous demagoguery in our politics.”
Most of McMullin’s other large donors remain a mystery, however.
The organization has repeatedly denied all requests for information on big donors.