An advocacy group that has been running ads against Western Republican senators for their votes in May to repeal an Obama-era methane rule has been found to have strong connections to liberal donor George Soros, as revealed in Internal Revenue Service filings.
The Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF) launched a series of radio and print ads targeting three Western senators, including Cory Gardner (R-Colo.).
The Colorado print ad accused Gardner of prioritizing oil and gas companies over the well-being of Colorado’s communities.
It claimed that Gardner voted to overturn a federal rule, enabling oil companies to pollute the air and waste taxpayer-owned natural gas worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) were also targeted by the Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF) for their votes in May. All three senators, including Cory Gardner, voted on May 10 in favor of a procedural vote to initiate the debate on H.J. Resolution 36.
This resolution was a Congressional Review Act challenge to a rule designed to limit methane emissions on public lands. Unfortunately, the vote failed with a tally of 49-51.
HAF said the vote, and the three senators in particular, “went against the interests of Latino communities” in Arizona, Colorado, and Nevada.
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The Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF), which targeted Senators Jeff Flake, Dean Heller, and Cory Gardner over their votes on the methane rule, did not disclose its direct funding source, the New Venture Fund.
This fund has received nearly $5.9 million from the Foundation to Promote Open Society, a group founded and funded by George Soros. Despite a Western Wire request for comment, HAF did not respond.
In February, HAF was involved in launching the “Latino Partnership to Cut Waste, Protect Our Health” and opposed the use of the Congressional Review Act to overturn the “venting and flaring” rule issued by the Bureau of Land Management during the previous administration’s final days. While HAF’s stance was against the rule’s repeal, business groups, elected officials, tribes, and local leaders supported the appeal.
IRS documents from both HAF and the New Venture Fund show financial transactions in both directions, including cash grants for environmental programs and the creation of activist groups within the Latino community.
The Foundation to Promote Open Society, funded by Soros, issued $5,886,650 in 22 separate grants directly to the New Venture Fund, according to IRS 990 filings for 2013, 2014, and 2015.
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