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The League of Women Voters (LWV) routinely describes itself as a “nonpartisan political organization,” but in reality the group tows the liberal line on just about every policy question under the sun. It has advocated for gun control and climate change legislation, is pro-Obamacare, pro-abortion, and anti-school choice.
Of course, there is nothing wrong, per se, with an organization holding liberal positions. However, when you hold all these positions and continue to describe yourself as “nonpartisan” you, if I may paraphrase Sly from The Taming of the Shrew, score yourselves up as the lying’st knaves in Christendom.
The League’s liberal bona fides have long been on display: William F. Buckley, Jr. even name-checked the League in National Review’s 1955 mission statement. Still, it comes as surprise to many that a group they assumed was just a bunch of nice old ladies helping people register to vote and showing them where their precinct is located are essentially nothing more than a tax-free arm of the Democratic Party engaged in hardcore liberal policy advocacy.
For Mari MacGregor, a friend and neighbor of Heartland who sat on the board of the Naperville LWV, the group’s decidedly liberal bent became too much for her to handle, and led her to tender her letter of resignation to resign her board position this past February.
Although The Heartland Institute does not take a position on the contents of Mrs. MacGregor’s letter, we thought we would include it in full to display to those who don’t pay the group any mind the kind of advocacy the League routinely gets up to.