October 8, 2022

Maurice Cunningham: Foot soldiers for Ron DeSantis: The right-wing money and influence behind Moms for Liberty

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Maurice Cunningham is a retired professor who specializes in tracing dark money. For Our Schools, he connected the dots for Moms for Liberty, the right wing activist group that rose to prominence unbelievably quickly. 

Moms for Liberty (M4L) claims the organization was started by moms.

But it is hard to believe that three mothers in Florida could start up a grassroots group on January 1, 2021, and then, within a matter of weeks and months, wind up on Rush LimbaughTucker Carlson’s showGlenn Beck, and Fox News. However, there is a shadowy network of money and influence in right-wing political circles that could arrange that easily.

Among M4L’s financial supporters and profile boosters are some of the most influential organizations, media operations, and wealthy donors in the vast theater of the right-wing propaganda machine.

And it would be a mistake to believe M4L’s agenda is exclusively about maternal concerns over what children learn in schools. Instead, most of the organization’s purported success seems to be in helping to advance a much broader right-wing political agenda through electoral politics. In its short history, M4L has already been credited with helping to engineer a “massive victory,” according to Salon, and ensuring a string of wins for a number of Republican candidates in school board elections across Florida.

Looking ahead at the upcoming elections, M4L is expected to provide the “foot soldiers” for the reelection bid of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and many also expect to see the M4L soldiering for DeSantis in the 2024 presidential race.

Read the full piece in which Cunningham lays out connections to groups like the Council for National Policy. 

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