Leonard Leo tied group registers to lobby

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The lobbying registration is the latest enlargement of the governmental docket of the web of groups connected to Leonard Leo. | Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo

The nonprofit linked to blimpish judicial activistic and large fundraiser Leonard Leo has registered to lobby.

The Concord Fund said successful a filing that it volition lobby connected “Issues related to authorities oversight and reform.” The blimpish steadfast OnMessage volition lobby connected its behalf. Thomas Binion, a erstwhile adjutant to Rep. Steve King — the Iowa Republican who was removed from his legislature committees and mislaid his reelection bid — is expected to enactment connected the Concord Fund’s behalf.

The lobbying registration is the latest enlargement of the governmental docket of the web of groups connected to Leo. The Judicial Crisis Network, an alias of the Concord Fund, has been agitating against Democrats’ efforts to instal a codification of behaviour for the Supreme Court, adjacent arsenic immoderate conservative justices person indicated their enactment for an morals code. The Judicial Crisis Network antecedently lobbied successful 2017 successful enactment of Neil Gorsuch’s information to the Supreme Court.

According to the registration, OnMessage began lobbying for the Concord Fund successful aboriginal September.

OnMessage Inc., the run limb of the firm, has a rolodex of salient blimpish clients for whom they assistance with campaigns, including the National Republican Congressional Committee, the House GOP-aligned Congressional Leadership Fund, and Sens. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.). Recently, the steadfast worked for Fair Courts America, a blimpish radical backed by Republican mega-donor Richard Uihlein that boosted the blimpish Wisconsin Supreme Court campaigner Daniel Kelly.

But the radical has not been progressive connected the lobbying scene. According to disclosures, OnMessage has conscionable 1 different national lobbying lawsuit speech from the Concord Fund: the National Association of Broadcasters.

The Concord Fund is helmed by Carrie Severino, a erstwhile clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas. The nonprofit, which is not required to disclose its donors, is 1 of respective Leo-linked groups to payment from a $1.6 cardinal contribution made by a little-known tech enforcement successful 2020. Tax records amusement the Concord Fund received a $28.9 cardinal donation successful the taxation twelvemonth ending April 2022 from the Marble Freedom Trust, the recipient of that $1.6 cardinal donation.

Neither the Judicial Crisis Network nor OnMessage returned a petition for comment.