WASHINGTON, DC – New reporting from ProPublica in today’s episode of their “We Don’t Talk About Leonard” podcast revealed Leonard Leo’s ploy to influence key state lawmakers to support litigation in the interest of donors. The new revelations are just the latest in Leo’s longtime efforts to leverage his dark money network to benefit his billionaire backers.
This is how Leonard Leo works: he leverages his dark money network to influence power players to the benefit of his wealthy backers. Leo has written the playbook on influence-peddling — and he turns to his shady network, his cozy relationships with decision-makers, and his handpicked Supreme Court to push his radical agenda because he knows it would never win at the ballot box. It’s long past time for Leo to be held accountable for his longtime efforts to roll back everyday Americans’ rights and undermine democracy,” said Caroline Ciccone, President of Accountable.US.
Leo appears to have used his personal and financial connections in an attempt to eliminate crucial safeguards in the post-financial crisis Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform & Consumer Protection Act. Citing Accountable.US research, ProPublica exposed unreported meetings between Leo, hedge fund billionaire and anti-CFPB crusader Paul Singer, and then-Texas AG Greg Abbott.
Leo’s influence in advancing the cause is evident. As ProPublica notes, “before Montana joined [the lawsuit], Leonard Leo called attorney general Tim Fox. A person who worked for Fox was emphatic that Montana would not have joined the challenge to the new banking law without Leo’s push.”
More from ProPublica: “I called a former aide to Fox to ask about Leo’s role in setting policy in that office. He declined to go on the record, but before hanging up on me, he whispered two words: puppet master.”
Learn more about Leonard Leo, his dark money network, and his dangerous agenda at: LeonardLeo.org.