The first question to ask of a group like PDE is, who is funding it? PDE president Nicole Niely refuses to answer. But there are clues. According to the Center for Media and Democracy, Ms. Niely is a veteran political operative affiliated with the Koch network. She is the president of Speech First, set up in 2018 as a pass through for tax deductible donations to the law firm Consovoy McCarthy to file lawsuits against universities over racial justice issues.