APRIL 21, 2024
"Arabella: The Dark Money Network of Leftist Billionaires Secretly Transforming America"
by Scott Walter
About our guest: Scott Walter

Scott Walter is president of Capital Research Center and author of the new book, Arabella: The Dark Money Network of Leftist Billionaires Secretly Transforming America. He served in the George W. Bush Administration as Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and was vice president at the Philanthropy Roundtable, editing Philanthropy magazine and producing donor guidebooks on assistance to the poor, public policy research, and other topics. Walter has testified to five different congressional committees about Arabella and related subjects, and about “dark money” nonprofits to the US Senate, IRS, and state legislatures.

Walter is a frequent media guest who has appeared on major radio and television programs nationwide. He has written for and been quoted in such outlets as the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. A Georgetown graduate, he lives with his wife and four children in Virginia.


The Dark Money Network of Leftist Billionaires
Secretly Transforming Americ
By Scott Walter
Washington, DC—While figures like George Soros, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg are known for their hefty political donations, few Americans have heard of Arabella Advisors. Even more powerful than these standalone billionaires, Arabella is a secretive “dark money” operation that channels megadonor funds into leftist political causes via pop-up groups designed to look like innocent grassroots outfits.

In ARABELLA: The Dark Money Network of Leftist Billionaires Secretly Transforming America (Encounter Books, April 9, 2024), Scott Walter—president of Capital Research Center and renowned expert in money and politics—exposes the Left’s stunning advantage in money and sophisticated political machinery that shapes our lives and elections.

The sheer quantity of money that has flowed through Arabella’s channels is staggering. In the 2020 election cycle, Arabella’s nonprofits took in $2.4 billion, more than the fundraising of the Democratic and Republican National Committees combined. In the 2022 election cycle, Arabella’s fundraising rose to $3 billion.

In ARABELLA, Scott Walter reveals the major role that Arabella has played in battles over Supreme Court nominations, abortion, men in women’s sports, school discipline, Medicare for All, environmental policies, fake local news outlets, “Zuck Bucks” that manipulate election offices, and much more.

As Scott Walter notes, “this book strives to illuminate the darkest reaches of America’s political battles, where billionaires and their minions fight to achieve a fundamental transformation of the nation championed by some, vigorously resisted by others. It describes how one trust fund kid’s dream of manipulating philanthropy grew into a multibillion-dollar political empire that shapes political races and public policy on abortion, environmentalism, federal regulation, healthcare, election laws, and much more.”

This mountain of money and influence aimed at transforming America explains why even left-leaning major media are alarmed. Arabella is “the indisputable heavyweight of Democratic dark money,” warns the Atlantic. A “dark-money behemoth,” says Politico. An “opaque network,” says the New York Times, that funnels “hundreds of millions of dollars through a daisy chain of groups supporting Democrats and progressive causes.”

Citizens from across the political spectrum will be shocked to learn how Arabella has covertly developed the darkest of “dark money” networks.