Repost from Exposed by CMD.
At the February meeting of the Council for National Policy (CNP), Christian Right activists and donors got a gloating tutorial in astroturfing from rightwing operatives in Virginia who helped Republicans make big political gains there in the 2021 election.
Despite the fact that CNP is registered as a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan organization with the Internal Revenue Service, the presenters were overtly partisan in promoting a political strategy Republicans won with in the commonwealth state and intend to replicate in hopes of winning across the country in this year’s midterm elections.
The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) obtained an audio recording of the presentation titled, “Virginia 2021: Lessons Learned,” led by Chad Connelly, CNP Executive Committee member and founder and president of Faith Wins. “There’s no question in my mind the left has overplayed their hand so badly that people who are maybe not on our side have come out of the woodwork,” he told the group. Democrats are “terrified if we get churches involved,” he added, pointing out that in the 2021 Virginia election 312 churches registered 77,000 new evangelical voters in the state. Tactics like this make the left “scared to death,” he said.