NPV Chairman still writing big checks to Democrats

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The National Popular Vote interstate compact (NPV) is a threat to all Americans, including Democrats and Republicans. This is because it would undermine trust in presidential elections and could lead to political and constitutional crises. Yet some advocates for the plan claim it will help one side or the other—including NPV lobbyists who claim NPV would help Republicans. This is particularly absurd given the fact that the NPV campaign was created and is funded and directed by John Koza—a major donor to the Democratic Party.

In 2019 and 2020, Koza made at least 11 contributions to state political party committees in seven states: Arizona, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. All these donations went to Democrats. During that time, Koza made $35,500 in contributions to both the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He also gave to numerous federal and state candidates—nearly all Democrats.

Many Democrats (and others) assume NPV would increase the power of their urban coalition—a plausible short-term effect. NPV lobbyists also try to convince Republicans that their plan will draw more voters to the polls in blue states, or otherwise help the GOP win presidential elections. These latter claims are absurd on the merits, as I’ve written about here, here, and here. But it’s also just silly for anyone to suggest that John Koza is pushing a plan to help Republicans win elections.