The leftist PAC NextGen Americas Managing Director, John Lee Brougher, is behind attacks on Judge Amy Coney Barretts adopted children, roping several Democrat U.S. Senators and Senate candidates into the smears on her family.
This weekend, as Breitbart News reported, before President Donald Trump even formally nominated Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left behind by the passing of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Brougher leveled vicious personal smears against her, questioning the legitimacy of the adoptions she and her husband made of two children from Haiti.
As an adoptee, I need to know more about the circumstances of how Amy Coney Barrett came to adopt her children, and the treatment of them since, Brougher wrote in a tweet. Transracial adoption is fraught with trauma and potential for harm, and everything I see here is deeply concerning.
After Breitbart News published the story, Broughers Twitter account was removed from the public and switched to private, hiding his comments from the American people. He was not the only person to level such a smearanother former Democrat staffer Dana Houle who was chief of staff to Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) and other former Democrat members also did. Houles Twitter account was also hidden after the Breitbart News exposé and comments from Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) ripping him for it.
While Houle is a high-level Democrat operative, Brougher is even more deeply connected, and the organization for which he worksNextGen Americais a critical group that could make the difference for Democrats in a number of a key Senate races this year and could have made the difference for Democrats in battleground races in previous years.
NextGen America is a leftist Super PAC funded by billionaire Tom Steyer. Steyer, who ran for president as a Democrat in the 2020 presidential primaries but lost, now supports the Democrat Partys nominee former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA).
NextGen America did not reply to a press request from Breitbart News about Broughers comments about Barretts family, his hiding of his Twitter account, and whether the Democrat senators and candidates the group supports are in on it with Brougher in attacking Barretts adopted children.
Democrat Senators who have had expenditures either on their behalf or against their opponent or both by NextGen America include Sens. Gary Peters (D-MI), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). None of those senators staffers, asked Monday if they approve of the attacks Brougher leveled against Judge Barretts family, replied to a request for comment.
NextGen America is also financially backing key Democrat candidates for U.S. Senate this year, like Theresa Greenfield in Iowa, Sara Gideon in Maine, and Mark Kelly in Arizona. None of those campaigns replied when asked if they find Broughers attacks acceptable, or if they will continue to accept NextGen Americas support in the wake of this incident.
Before Brougher worked for Steyer’s group, he was the Chief Technology Officer for Texas Democrat Wendy Davis’s failed gubernatorial campaign. Davis, who is now running for the U.S. House against Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) in Texas, has not replied when asked if she condones such an attack by her former staffer, as Breitbart News reported this weekend.
Wendy Davis Silent as Former Staffer Smears Barretts Children
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 26, 2020
Sen. Cotton of Arkansas told Breitbart News that these Democrat Senators and Senate candidates whom NextGen America has backed cannot be silent while taking money from a group engaged in such “vile” behavior.
This disgusting, racist attack on Judge Barretts family, launched by the leader of a major Democratic dark money organization, is despicable, Cotton said in a statement. Every liberal politician whos been a beneficiary of this groups spending should condemn these vile comments without delay.
Former Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), who also, like Barrett, has adopted two children from Haiti and now is a senior adviser to Catholic Vote and Catholics for Trump, told Breitbart News in a SiriusXM channel 125 radio special after the president announced her as his selection that he was disgusted by the attacks.
This is not just Twitter chatter from some people holed up in their basement, Huelskamp said. These are high-ranking Democrat Party officials who are going after her adopted children and suggesting they were somehow illegitimately taken from Haiti and somehow because she has a transracial family somehow they dont like that. These are folks that are on the hill, you and I both know that usually the top person in the office is not the member of Congress, its the chief of staff. This [Houle] is a person thats ran congressional campaigns and ran a gubernatorial campaign thats making these statement. Then you mentioned the guy with NextGen America. Thats a billionaire presidential candidate and one of his top staffers whos going after this. Occasionally, I guess I should be surprised by the lack of decorum, but they just have such hatred for strong women and they are grabbing at anything they can go after. They should be cheering on a family, a couple, thats opened their home to two children from Haiti, including a special needs child, but this is despicable conduct thats going on. Its what youd expect from the left. Its all about destroying and defaming and tearing down, and what we see out of Amy Coney Barrett is shes going to bring this country together. On one hand, youve got the burn-it-down caucus of the entire Democrat Party and on the other hand youve got Amy Coney Barrett, who represents the best of America. In that battle, Ill take ACB any [day], and at the end of the day I think shell be confirmed. I also think its going to be the tide that raises numerous boats for election battles in the next 40 days or so, including for the president. Shes a great pick because shes the right person for the job, but this is going to expose again how radical and extreme the Democrat Party has become and Joe Biden, whether hes with it or not its his party, and theyre going to destroy the fundamental heart of America. Amy Coney Barrett is the one standing in the way.
Huelskamp added that these Democrats that Steyers NextGen America supported need to condemn his organizations attacks.
This NextGen AmericaTom Steyer put in a quarter of a billion dollars trying to buy the nomination of his party on the other side, Huelskamp said. Now hes shoveling all this money to these candidates, and they allallshould have to respond to the fact theyre attacking this woman for being a strong woman of faith as well as for having adopted kids and has a special needs child.
Since being founded in 2014 by Steyer, the progressive environmentalist billionaire, Nextgen America has quickly become a major power in Democratic circles. NextGen efforts have been most prominently felt in races for the United States Senate.
In 2014, the group spent more than $74 million in helping bolster Democrat candidates and causes up and down the ballot. That year, in particular, the group heavily underwrote then-Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI) initial race for the Senate. NextGen spent more than $113,00 in boosting Peters directly and nearly $4 million in attacking his Republican challenger. Due, in part, to the groups efforts, Peters was the only non-incumbent Democrat elected to the Senate that year.
Similarly in 2016, NextGen played a leading role in the Democrats attempt to retake the upper chamber. In New Hampshire, the group spent more than $226,000 helping then-Gov. Hassan upset incumbent Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH). As part of the effort, NextGen spent more than $428,000 in negative campaign ads against Ayotte. The money likely proved pivotal, as Hassan defeated Ayotte by just a little over a thousand votes.
During that cycle, NextGen also spent heavily to boost the campaigns of now Sens. Cortez Masto and Duckworth. In Cortez Mastos case, NextGen spent more than $289,000 boosting her candidacy, while simultaneously spending more than $419,000 lambasting the Republican running.
NextGens total election spending in 2016 topped more than $96 million.
Likewise in 2018, the group was a major factor in underwriting Democrat Senate candidates. In Nevada alone, NextGen spent nearly one million dollars in flipping the seat held by them-Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV). The group not only spent more than $609,000 on boosting Rosens campaign, it spent more than $301,000 attacking Heller. Rosen wound up unseating the incumbent by nearly five percentage points in what was dubbed as one of the most expensive contests in Nevada history.
Rosen wasnt the only Democrat that NextGen helped elevate to the Senate in 2018, however. The group also played a role in financing the successful re-election campaign of Baldwin in Wisconsin, as well as Sinemas surprise victory in Arizona.
This election cycle, NextGen appears to be trying to recreate its past success. The group is spending heavily to back a series of Democrat challengers to vulnerable Senate GOP incumbents. Topping the list are Mark Kelly in Arizona, Sara Gideon in Maine, and Theresa Greenfield in Iowa.