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Fast Facts on
Arabella’s Dark Money Empire
- Arabella Advisors is a for-profit consulting firm based in Washington, D.C.
- Eric Kessler, the Clinton administration staffer who founded Arabella in 2005, previously worked at the League of Conservation Voters, which the Center for Public Integrity calls a “‘dark money’ heavyweight.”
- Arabella operates four in-house nonprofits with interlocking boards:
- Those in-house nonprofits have created over 300 pop-up groups that have no legal existence but are just logos, websites, and political ads. They pop into existence to serve a political agenda and pop out of existence when no longer needed. They include
- These fake groups appear to have popular support, when in fact their fuel is “dark money” from the Left’s mega-donors. Arabella tells potential customers its existing donors’ assets exceed $100 billion.
- Though Arabella receives hardly any press coverage, vast streams of “dark money” pour through its in-house nonprofits:$582 million in 2017 alone (the most recent year available).
- Combined, that revenue for Arabella’s four nonprofits would have made it the 22nd biggest charity in 2016 — larger than the ACLU, Planned Parenthood Federation, or the Clinton Foundation.
- Business is booming: Revenues for Arabella’s nonprofits soared 392% from 2013-2017, totaling $1.6 billion for those years.
- The Democracy Alliance — co-founded by financier George Soros and now the Left’s most powerful donor cabal — is an Arabella customer. The Alliance has created multiple “funds” in the Arabella network that pool tens of millions of dollars for political fights.
- Darker than dark: Because Arabella uses pop-up groups rather than separate legal organizations, those groups disclose far less information than other “dark money” entities.
- The most thorough report ever produced on Arabella is available at https://capitalresearch.org/article/crc-exposes-left-wing-dark-money/.