Anti-Trump group led by Bill Kristol hires lobbyists to push presidential power reform

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  • A non-profit group that has funded attacks on former President Donald Trump during his term has hired lobbyists to pressure him to reform the president’s powers.
  • Defending Democracy Together, which is run by longtime GOP political strategist Bill Kristol, hired a group of lobbyists from powerhouse firm Tiber Creek Group.
  • According to a new registration form, the group is pushing to reform the emergency powers of the president, the combat powers of the federal government and the summons authority of Congress.

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A non-profit group that has funded attacks on former President Donald Trump during his term has hired lobbyists to pressure him to reform the president’s powers.

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Defending Democracy Together, which is run by longtime GOP political strategist Bill Kristol and a cadre of other so-called Never-Trump Republicans, hired a group of lobbyists from powerhouse firm Tiber Creek Group in an effort to reform the president’s emergency powers. hired out. The war powers of the government and the summoning authority of Congress, according to a new registration form.

When asked by CNBC, a spokeswoman for the organization did not say what specific changes the group wants to make when it comes to the powers of the president or the war powers of the government.

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Lobbyists registered for anti-Trump nonprofits in October to begin engaging with lawmakers. The filing was made public on Friday. This is the first time that the organization, founded in 2018, has hired registered lobbyists to influence lawmakers.

The lobbyists working with Tiber Creek account for the Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Lindsey Graham, RC, and Tom Carper, D-Del., as well as Rep. Adrian Smith have prior experience in the offices. R-neb.

Defending Democracy Together is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit led largely by Republicans. It has funded projects including Republican Voters Against Trump and the Republican Accountability Project, which have often targeted Trump and other GOP lawmakers.

The group recently revealed that they raised more than $35 million last year and spent a substantial portion of their money on a project that blasted Trump.

Kristol was once an advisor to former President Ronald Reagan’s administration and is currently the organization’s director. Former Republican New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman is also a director.

Kristol was a booster of the war in Iraq that was initiated by former President George W. Bush and approved by Congress. President Joe Biden has said that the US combat mission in Iraq will officially end this year.

Kristol broke away from most of his party when he opposed Trump’s candidacy in 2016 and became one of the more vocal critics of Trump. This led to the formation of Defending Democracy Together.

“Through its various projects, Defending Democracy Together is dedicated to defending America’s democratic norms, values, and institutions. One such institution is the Office of the Presidency, which still operates under the old reforms, known as the Watergate scandal. The latter was addressed in a major way.” Meghan Lister, a spokeswoman for the group, told CNBC in an email on Monday. “Defending Democracy Together has enlisted a team of lobbyists to support its project work that proposes a series of non-partisan reforms to return the Presidency to its proper constitutional role.”

Although the statement did not include any further details, the lobbying report noted a bill called the “Protecting Our Democracy Act,” introduced in September and first sponsored by Representative Adam Schiff, D-Calif. it was done. Intelligence Committee.

NS bill, which has only been introduced and has not yet been passed to the House, “addresses issues involving the abuse of the President’s power; checks and balances, accountability, and transparency; and foreign interference in elections.”

More than a dozen Democrats have sponsored the legislation and have yet to receive support from a single Republican.

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