FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 10, 2022
Group will direct multiple seven figures toward targeted state legislative and SoS primaries, helping advance secure, transparent & accountable elections voters can trust
Washington, D.C. – A coalition of national grassroots organizations fighting for free and fair elections today joined in the first election integrity questionnaire and pledge of the 2022 cycle. Led by the Election Transparency Initiative (ETI), the comprehensive questionnaire and pledge will be issued to state legislative and secretary of state candidates in key primary contests around the country.
Importantly, the coalition invites candidates to go on the record so voters can gauge their commitment to critical election integrity issues—including voter ID, ballot security, absentee voting, private financing of local elections and more—for themselves.
National Chairman of the Election Transparency Initiative and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued the following statement:
“It’s easy for candidates running for office to embrace the concept of election integrity, but it takes a greater examination to determine if they actually support free and fair elections in practice. We’re grateful to our partners for joining in this first-of-a kind initiative, which provides candidates with a key tool helping repair voters’ trust in elections where every legal vote is counted fairly and openly. Make no mistake, if candidates truly support making it easy to vote and hard to cheat in our elections, they should have no hesitation backing up their public pronouncements and campaign promises by signing their name to the coalition’s comprehensive pledge. Election integrity is a decisive issue for successful campaigns in 2022, and ETI’s financial investment in state legislative and secretary of state races typically supported by smaller budgets will have an outsized impact.”
Joining ETI in the pledge are Tea Party Patriots Action Fund, Citizens United, Restoration PAC, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, American Majority Action, Americans for Citizen Voting, FreedomWorks, American Principles Project, Fight Voter Fraud, Independent Women’s Voice, FRC Action, AMAC Action, and Americans for Limited Government. The pledge does not confer an endorsement of any candidate by signatory organizations.
ETI anticipates political activities in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
Polls show the majority of voters, including Black and Hispanic voters, as well as urban and independent voters, overwhelmingly support voter I.D. protections and want it to be easy to vote and hard to cheat.
The Election Transparency Initiative, a partnership between American Principles Project (APP) and the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), was organized to combat federal H.R. 1 and H.R. 4 legislation and advocate for state-based election reforms that voters can trust.