Have you heard about No Labels? It’s a self-described bipartisan organization created to offer Americans “freedom from the anger and divisiveness that are ruining our politics.” Their website declares that it is not a political party. Yet, in 2021, it launched a project to secure nationwide ballot access.

This summer, Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows challenged the validity of No Labels’ 6,000-plus enrollment in Maine, saying the group misled voters to believe they were signing a petition to support the party, not changing their party registration. Bellows sent a cease-and-desist letter to No Labels, and letters to each of the party’s registrants, resulting in many No Labels registrants re-changing their registration.

When is a political party not a political party? If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, it must be a duck. But this duck is not required to disclose its donors, and it is not regulated as a political party. Because they never release the names of their supporters and do not function as a political party, voters are deprived of accurate information. Fortunately, investigative reporters have uncovered No Label’s true purpose, along with names of many wealthy donors, including one major donor, Harlan Crow, the billionaire real estate magnate who showered Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas with millions in undisclosed gifts.

No Labels has qualified for ballot access in 10 states. They claim they are not a spoiler for Trump, but the latest polling shows that if No Labels gets its ticket on the ballot, Trump will benefit. Congressman Jared Golden belongs to the Problem Solvers Caucus created by No Labels and repeats their talking points. Does that mean he supports No Labels’ back door effort to elect Trump?

Dixie Hathaway

Bar Harbor

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