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USDA Partners with Left-Wing Group to Drive Voter Turnout Under Biden’s Order

The Department of Agriculture collaborates with advocacy group Demos to enhance voter registration, raising concerns over partisan use of federal resources.

In an unprecedented move that blurs the lines between governance and partisan politics, the Biden administration has turned key federal agencies into cogs within a vast voter turnout machine, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which has been collaborating with Demos, a left-leaning advocacy group. This collaboration, rooted in President Joe Biden’s Executive Order 14019, signed in March 2021, ostensibly aims to enhance voter registration efforts across federal agencies but raises profound concerns over the politicization of federal resources and potential violations of the Hatch Act, which restricts political activities by federal employees.

The USDA’s engagement with Demos, a group instrumental in drafting the executive order itself, underscores a deliberate strategy to leverage federal agencies in boosting voter turnout, aligning closely with Democrat Party interests. Records obtained by The Heritage Foundation’s Oversight Project reveal exchanges between Demos representatives and USDA officials, highlighting plans to integrate voter registration efforts into the USDA’s operations. This partnership not only exemplifies the administration’s commitment to expanding its electoral base through federal programs but also raises questions about the impartiality and integrity of such initiatives.

The executive order’s directive for federal agencies to engage in election-related activities represents a significant departure from traditional norms, effectively transforming these institutions into extensions of a political campaign. While the ostensible goal is to increase voter participation, the selective collaboration with organizations like Demos suggests a more targeted approach aimed at mobilizing specific demographics likely to support Democrat candidates. This approach risks undermining public trust in the nonpartisan nature of federal agencies.

Moreover, the initiative’s expansion into various departments, from Homeland Security’s voter registration during naturalization ceremonies to the Department of Education’s voter promotion in schools, demonstrates an extensive effort to weave electoral mobilization into the fabric of government services. However, such efforts, particularly when conducted in partnership with politically aligned organizations, may contravene legal boundaries designed to separate public service from political advocacy.

The implications of this strategy extend beyond legal concerns; they strike at the heart of democratic principles. By enlisting federal agencies in a partisan get-out-the-vote campaign, the administration risks further eroding the foundational trust that citizens place in their government to operate above the fray of electoral politics. The sanctity of the democratic process depends on the impartiality of public institutions, and any actions that compromise this impartiality threaten the very democracy they allegedly seek to promote.

As the Biden administration continues to implement its voter turnout strategy, it is incumbent upon lawmakers, watchdog groups, and the public to scrutinize these efforts closely. The preservation of democratic norms demands vigilance and accountability, ensuring that government resources are not co-opted for partisan purposes.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.