The Center for Media and Democracy obtained this invitation for a “Secretaries of State Conference” co-hosted by The Honest Elections Project (HEP) and the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation on April 12-13, 2022.
HEP is a dark money voter suppression group formed in February 2020 by Leonard Leo‘s network. Known as Trump’s “judge whisperer,” Leo worked behind the scenes during the Trump administration to organize a rightwing takeover of the U.S. Supreme Court.
In addition to pushing misinformation about voter fraud, HEP has placed ads opposing mail-in balloting and advocated for purging voter rolls. It is also developing model voter suppression policies for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and organized at least two multi-day voter suppression summits for ALEC members preceding its Annual Meeting, along with last year’s States and Nation Policy Summit.
HEP’s Executive Director Jason Snead, is the former senior policy analyst for the Heritage Foundation where he developed the Heritage Election Fraud Database with Hans von Spakovsky, manager of the Heritage Foundation’s “Election Law Reform Initiative.”