The PJ Tatler

Hey, Look Whose Money Turned Up Sponsoring the Southern Republican Leadership Conference

As Roger mentioned in his earlier post, he and I are on the ground in Charleston, South Carolina, for tonight’s debate and the primary on Saturday. Tonight’s debate is hosted by the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, which is also meeting here during the primary weekend. Take a look at its sponsor page. Among leading lights of the conservative firmament, from the Washington Times to the Franklin Center to GOPAC and the NRA, is this group:

That’s the logo for National Popular Vote. Though many Republicans have signed onto National Popular Vote’s goal of undoing the Electoral College at the state level, its funding is coming almost entirely from the left, according to the Weekly Standard:

[John] Koza—who hit the jackpot when he patented the scratch-off lottery ticket and then convinced states to sell them—has reportedly pledged $12 million to his organization. Koza has given tens of thousands of dollars to various Democratic Party committees and liberal candidates; he was an Al Gore elector in 2000. New York businessman Tom Golisano, who has also pledged millions to NPV, is quick to point out that he is a registered Republican—even though he supported John Kerry and gave a cool $1 million to the Democratic National Convention in 2008. The organizational support behind NPV is similarly lopsided, coming almost exclusively from left wing groups such as Common Cause, the American Civil Liberties Union, FairVote, and the League of Women Voters. A George Soros-funded group, DEMOS, has supported NPV, and Soros’s son, Jonathan Soros, has written in favor of the plan.

Read the rest of the WS story. It notes that the RNC has already taken a look at NPV’s proposals and rejected them, and makes a good case against it idea’s practical effects and its constitutionality.