Project 2025 April 17th Update

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Project 2025 is a 920-page plan, spearheaded by the powerful and extreme far-right Heritage Foundation. This blueprint for autocracy is supported by more than 100 organizations. Their stated goal is to create an “ideal” America that would see women, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, people of color, and others deprived of their hard-won constitutional rights and the erosion of environmental and education protections. It also advocates for a frightening centralization of power in the executive branch. Rooted in hate and Christian Nationalism, the plan promises to “rescue the country.” Read GPAHE’s full analysis of Project 2025 and the groups behind it.

GPAHE tracks the activities of those behind Project 2025, and their plans for an authoritarian and Christian Nationalist America, no matter who is president, and the groups in this extremist movement are relentlessly implementing initiatives at local, state, and federal levels. 

This week we look at a cell phone company supporting Project 2025 members that has influenced politics in rural Texas, and how media platform Real America’s Voice, founded by a man with a longtime criminal history and buoyed by Steve Bannon, spreads misinformation and transphobia as it amplifies Project 2025’s message. We’ll also hear reactions from Project 2025 organizations to Arizona’s abortion ban.

Cell Phone Provider Patriot Mobile Funding Project 2025 Organizations’ Christian Nationalist Goals

Patriot Mobile is a wireless provider catering to a clientele interested in, as their website puts it, using their “cell phone to defend our God-given constitutional rights and freedoms!”

Their appeal to Christian Nationalist customers has propelled them squarely into the Project 2025 multiverse. The Texas-based business is a constant presence in Christian Nationalist and Project 2025 circles, conferences, and media appearances. But Patriot Mobile has also used its profits to back a conservative political agenda in small-town America.

Texas is just one area where broader Project 2025 goals are already being played out, albeit on a smaller canvas. By Patriot Mobile’s own account, due to their influence in local elections, 100,000 school children in Texas are now assured an education focussed on conservative values.

Patriot Mobile rents space on major carriers which it resells to its customers via monthly subscriptions. A portion of users’ cell phone bills are donated to conservative causes. Patriot Mobile boasts it has given out more than $6 million in the past four years to conservative organizations. 

“Patriot Mobile’s Four Pillars: support organizations that fight for First Amendment Religious Freedom and Freedom of Speech, Second Amendment Right to Bear Arms, Sanctity of Life and the needs of our Veterans and First Responders,” their website’s mission statement reads. 

Patriot Mobile offers cell phone customers a regular Bible study with Rafael Cruz, father of Ted Cruz. Salon has described the elder Cruz as a “Dominionist, devoted to a movement that finds in Genesis a mandate that ‘men of faith’ seize control of public institutions and govern by Biblical principle.”

The company also promises lucrative, cash-back referral incentives to religious leaders who convince their congregations to sign up for their cell phone services, offering impressive commissions.

CEO Glenn Story described his organization’s strategy to bring religion into the classroom, seemingly through any loophole they can find, to Jack Posobiec, a far-right conspiracy theorist and podcaster who has called for the overthrow of democracy who works for Project 2025 member Turning Point USA. 

In the March 2024 interview, Story touted his support of LifeWise Academy, which also has the backing of Project 2025’s Heritage Foundation and the Family Research Council. LifeWise offers Biblical education during school hours, though classes must be held off-site, sometimes using popcorn parties as incentives for attendance. 

“We sponsor a group called LifeWise Academy and they, uh, they organize within a school and it allows kids to leave for an hour or 30 minutes I think it’s every day I’m not quite sure I’m not well-versed,” Story said. “But we get to, we’re trying to bring God back into schools.”  

In the same conversation, Story talked about plastering schools with thousands of printed “In God We Trust” signs which, provided they are donated, must be hung in public schools per a 2021 Texas law. Story told Posobiec that the stunt gained international media attention, which was great for business. 

Among the organizations Patriot Mobile supports are Project 2025 advisory board members Turning Point USA, Moms For Liberty, Alliance Defending Freedom, Susan B Anthony Pro-Life America, Students for Life of America, First Liberty Institute, American Cornerstone Institute and Family Research Council Action.

Patriot Mobile’s advertising is elaborate, even for conservative platforms, replete with angry eagles clutching American flags and Donald Trump’s head superimposed on a cutout of a Rambo-like figure. These tactics and others have grown the business by triple digits, Story reports, and the cell phone network has earned high-profile fans, such as Donald Trump Jr., who gave them an enthusiastic endorsement from the stage of the Florida C-PAC conference in February 2022.

“You can give your money to AT&T the parent company of CNN, or you can support someone like a Patriot Mobile and give back to causes that they believe in. As a sponsor here, we can do all those things. That’s not cancel culture, folks, that’s using your damn brain!” 

Patriot Mobile was also a sponsor at C-PAC in Dallas in August 2022, where founder Story chatted warmly with Steve Bannon about his company’s rise through the conservative echelons. 

By that time, Patriot Mobile’s success in changing the political face in northern Texas counties was a definite cause for celebration for the far right. With hundreds of thousands of dollars funneled from cell phones into a political organization, Patriot Mobile ensured that Christian Nationalists who would champion Project 2025 ideals were elected in a crucial part of Texas. 

“The school boards are the key that picks the lock,” Bannon noted.

Earlier that year, Patriot Mobile launched the Patriot Mobile Action Political Committee (PMA). “PMA’s 2022 launch started with Tarrant County, Texas, where Patriot Mobile is headquartered. Tarrant County is critical to keeping Texas ‘red’ and the State of Texas is critical to America electing a future Republican President. PMA’s objective is to expand throughout the state of Texas and then to every state in the country,” Patriot Mobile states on its website.

“While the media today wishes to demonize conservative activism in local races, the truth is that liberal activists have been pouring countless dollars into local politics for many years. Conservative activism at the local level is long overdue.”

PMA received more than $1 million in donations in 2022, public records show. Nearly $800,000 was spent on a barrage of direct mail and other political marketing services, including Facebook and Instagram ads targeting middle-aged women, a study from APM Research Labs found.

Their efforts paid off and all 11 school board candidates they promoted in 2022 were elected. As Leigh Wambsganss, executive director of PMA told the Guardian. “What this means is that now in north Texas, over 100,000 students who, before May, had leftist leadership now have conservative leadership!” the anti-Critical Race Theory activist and speaker who says her pronouns are “Bible believer, Jesus lover, gun carrier, and mama bear,” said. 

And PMA has no intention of confining its operations to Texas, Wambsganss continued. “Ultimately we want to expand to other counties, other states and be in every state across the nation,” Axios reported.

Real America’s Voice: The Media Giant With a Controversial Past Promoting Project 2025’s Goals and Organizations

The brainchild of a shady Colorado felon, Real America’s Voice (RAV) has become a conservative media juggernaut founded on the explosive rhetoric of Steven Bannon and the amplification of  Project 2025’s authoritarian plan for the United States to millions of Americans. It has also drawn attention for spreading misinformation and transphobia in its far-right programming, but those accusations have done little to limit its reach.

Through agreements with national networks such as Dish, Samsung Plus, Pluto, Roku, Apple, Amazon Fire or Select TV, audiences can tune into a range of conservative pundits on a platform Bannon deemed “five times more powerful” than Breitbart News, the alt-right platform he himself founded, in a 2022 Washington Post article. 

Former Trump strategist Bannon, who was  de-platformed by Twitter and YouTube, headed to Real America’s Voice in 2019, making a deal with RAV’s owner, Robert Sigg, to host the distribution of his show War Room, which Media Matters calls the “media home of Project 2025.” Bannon has since reestablished his Twitter accounts owing to Elon Musk’s embrace of the far right. 

Prone to bellicose, unfiltered rhetoric, Bannon, who has called Christian Nationalism an “unstoppable force,” and deemed democrats a “demonic” force to be imprisoned by an army of “insurgents,” has hosted myriad Project 2025 authors and supporters and given rise to other RAV pundits driving home the Project 2025 message to a massive audience. Yet the message Bannon and his fellow RAV broadcasters spread is often riddled with falsehoods. 

In an article published in 2023, the New York Times highlighted the false information spread through his weekly programming, sometimes 20 hours or more. “Stephen Bannon’s “War Room” podcast topped the Brookings Institution’s list of political talk shows airing false, misleading and unsubstantiated claims.”

The Brookings study’s second most misleading podcast is The Charlie Kirk Show, also a part of RAV’s lineup and hosted by the founder of Turning Point USA, Charlie Kirk, a Project 2025 partner and champion with a history of outright racism.

On April 15, 2024, RAV drew the attention of SiegedSec, a self-proclaimed band of dark web, “furry” hackers who claim to have breached RAV’s security in an attack motivated by the platform’s promotion of misinformation and transphobia. As the group posted to Telegram:

“SiegedSec brings the next OpTransRights2 breach!

BREAKING NEWS: kitten hackers are invading transphobic organisations, oh no :3c

This time, we’ve hacked Real America’s Voice, a news source spreading misinformation and transphobia. This hack reveals the personal information of 1,200+ individuals on their app, such as full name, phone number, email address,” the communique read.

RAV’s ability to attract such Christian Nationalist voices could be seen as a controversial business alliance given the network’s founder’s nefarious past.

Coloradan Robert J. Sigg owns RAV, WeatherNation, and the outdoors/hunting-focused In Country Television and Pursuit networks under his Performance One Media holding company. Up until 2019, Sigg had a robust history, both personally and through his company, of donating to Democratic causes and candidates (including Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Schumer).

Sigg also has a robust history of criminality. In 2006, the same year he founded Performance One Media,  he was convicted in a multi-million dollar mortgage fraud scheme in which the government seized 15 homes, $8 million in cash and two luxury cars from Sigg and his co-conspirators. 

His criminal past goes back decades before the mortgage scheme convictions, as Westword reported in 2022. Sigg’s “criminal history dates back to 1983 and includes more than a dozen arrests on charges ranging from DUI to selling and distributing drugs, burglary and assault, assault and battery, resisting/obstructing arrest, domestic violence, driving under the influence of drugs and being a habitual traffic offender.”

Sigg’s troubles continued when his teenage son Austin was convicted of kidnapping, sexually assaulting, murdering and dismembering 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway in 2012. 

But Robert Sigg’s past seems of little consequence to the Project 2025 supporters who appear on his network. Bannon has dismissed his unlikely partnership with RAV, saying Robert Sigg and his business partners are just “scrappers from the cable business,” telling the Washington Post, “I’m not even sure they’re conservatives.”

The Arizona Abortion Ban: Project 2025 Organizations In Their Own Words

On April 9, 2024, the Arizona Supreme Court reinstated an 1864 ban on nearly all abortions, a law enacted decades before Arizona became a state in 1912. “Physicians are now on notice that all abortions, except those necessary to save a woman’s life, are illegal,” the court ruled. Reactions from Project 2025 supporters, as Media Matters for America reported, were predictably celebratory; restricting women’s reproductive rights, including abortion, IVF and surrogacy, is a main tenet of Project 2025’s Mandate for Leadership playbook. 

“Arizona’s pro-life law has protected unborn children for over 100 years, and the people of Arizona, through their elected representatives, have repeatedly affirmed that law, including as recently as 2022. We celebrate the Arizona Supreme Court’s decision that allows the state’s pro-life law to again protect the lives of countless, innocent unborn children.”

— Jack Warner, Senior Counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, who argued the case before the court.

“The compassion of the pro-life movement won in court today, but we must continue to fight. While Republicans have passed bills to ensure that babies born alive after failed abortions receive medical care and stepped up their support for programs that provide life-affirming help for pregnant moms facing homelessness, pro-abortion Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoed born-alive protections and her administration has attacked and defunded pro-life safety net providers.”

Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America’s president Marjorie Dannenfelser

“A fantastic, but possibly temporary win for preborn babies and mothers – the real fight remains on the horizon in November when unlimited abortion will be on the ballot.”

Students for Life Action’s Chanel Prunier

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