Leftist Dark Money Effort to Raid Permanent Fund

In this week's Intelligencer, Leftist dark money groups attempt to expand their power, radicals in education despise English, a hypocritical animal rights group ignores animal killings in New Mexico, a gay pride parade bans the police, and COVID cognitive dissonance.

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1.  Leftists' Web of  Dark Money Expands to Raid Permanent Fund

Details: A PAC was recently formed to support the Leftist push for approval of a constitutional amendment that would raid New Mexico’s largest permanent fund. The group, innocently named Vote Yes for Kids, reported receiving over $400,000 in contributions this week.

Background: Notably, 97% of the PAC's disclosed donations came from Leftist so-called "dark money" groups that themselves do not disclose their donors because they are organized as 501(c)(3)s.

Leftists and their Democrat allies love to complain about “dark money”, turning the phrase into a dirty word, but earlier this year New York Times analysis of tax filings and other data showed that in 2020 "15 of the most politically active nonprofit organizations that generally align with the Democratic Party spent more than $1.5 billion in 2020".

The big picture: New Mexico's blue shift in the last decade can be directly traced to that massive influx of Leftist dark money that set records in 2020. Most or all are part of the shadowy progressive-leaning Democracy Alliance that raised hundreds of millions from wealthy donors to fund phony grassroots organizing on a massive scale.

But regardless of these dark money efforts, the tide is changing. Incredibly, the latest Quinnipiac poll finds Joe Biden with a only 26% approval rating among Hispanics (lower than his rating among whites by five points). These Leftist groups will clearly need all the resources they can muster in order to try to change the tide of change coming this November.

2. “What the public school system in the state of New Mexico is guilty of, is perpetuating this false myth that you will only be successful if you speak English.” –Trisha Moquino, Keres Children’s Learning Center teacher


Adult learners: As the Public Education Department hypes new learning-to-read technology, the second annual ‘Burque Bee Team Spelling Bee will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Sawmill Market. The bee’s sponsor, Ethos Literacy, has been providing reading and writing programs for adults for 13 years, focusing on those at or below a sixth grade reading level, as well as immigrants.

What they say: Ethos board president, Margaret Baker said adult literacy in particular “effects the economy, but it also effects health, community involvement and the academic success of children…The biggest predictor of a child’s literacy development is the parents’ literacy skills.”

For children who speak a non-English language at home, New Mexico’s public education system is unsurprisingly feeble. Students are provided some English-language development services, such as a required 45 minutes each day of English learning. But often they are simply placed in remedial reading programs instead.

Kulturkampf: Ironically, it seems some would rather have immigrants and Native kids never learn English at all. “Settler colonial education has always been about assimilating our people…part of that assimilation process has been English,” said Trish Moquino co-founder of Keres.  

“We really have to work with communities to kind of lift that colonizer lens,” said David Rogers, executive director of Dual Language Education of New Mexico, a nonprofit.

What everyone can agree on, however, is the status quo has failed generations of students.

3. Wind company kills hundreds of birds, PETA ignores it


Bird killers: On Wednesday, a politically connected wind farm company NextEra Energy subsidiary was sentenced on criminal charges of killing at least 150 eagles without a permit, throughout several states, including New Mexico. The wind company and its affiliates have received hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars through federal subsidies.

Mixed messages: As a recent study shows eagles being killed by wind farms “will likely increase in the future”,  the government continues to use tax dollars to prop up “alternative energy” schemes –while at the same time cracking down on wind farms for killing eagles.

Green Industrial Complex: Corporate media keeps pushing the myth that DDT pesticide was causing the eagles’ eggs to be thin, causing baby birds to die. This myth led to the eagles being placed on the Endangered Species list. Bald eagles were removed from the list in 2007 --after miraculously recovering (just in time) for the Obama administration’s $90 Billion pork programs for wind and solar.

Meanwhile, the radical group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) virtue-signals about “Human Supremacy” (that’s not a joke), but they look the other way when their Green political allies are massacring America’s national emblem.

4. Gay pride organizers do damage control after banning police from event


The snub: Last year, Albuquerque had the most murders than it ever had before. This year the bloodshed has not seemed to slow down as the police department has also reported an increase in criminals shooting at police officers.

The rub: Meanwhile, the board of ABQ Pride, the organizers of Albuquerque’s annual gay pride festivities, voted — almost unanimously — to ban the police department from participating. Some members of ABQ Pride claimed there is a history of hostility between the “LGBTQ+ community, the Black community, and our dealings with APD.”

Politics over Pride: Evidently, ABQ Pride is not anti-police enough to turn down their protection, as a police spokesman said APD will meet with the group to work out security for the event. APD said they were surprised ABQ pride banned the police.

This is not the first time this movement advocating for inclusion excluded people they didn’t like. Beginning in 2017, some gay pride event organizers have banned Jews from carrying the Israeli flag at parades. Ultimately, this shows how divisive the attitude of the Defund the Police movement really is.

5. Lujan Grisham administration still playing politics with COVID policy


Rules for thee: As dozens of Democrats across the country still have their congressional district offices closed “due to COVID-19”, even as everyone else, including businesses, have been reopening. One congressman spends close to $5,000 a month in rent for district offices and an additional $255 a month for “district office parking.”

Follow the science?: For the past two years in New Mexico, the Governor’s acting health secretary claimed her dictates were based on “the science” of the CDC recommendations. But now, Dr. Scrase is bucking the CDC, “I think it’s valuable information we all can use to make decisions.”

Pure politics: Governor Grisham had extended her mask mandates at the beginning of February. Then suddenly, MLG lifted restrictions — about 24 hours after a big poll came out showing that 57% of voters in competitive congressional districts agree that “Democrats in Congress have taken things too far in their pandemic response,” and 66% of self-defined “swing” voters in competitive districts also agree. White and Hispanic voters in competitive districts were equally as likely to agree (59%)”.  Given the tough political climate (as evidenced most recently by the polling mentioned above) it's no wonder MLG had to move quickly in order to salvage some political momentum as her reelection campaign begins to ramp up.


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