The progressive W.K. Kellogg Foundation has played a key role in attacks on True The Vote and voter identification laws by funding “national racial justice organization” the Applied Research Center (ARC). In April 2012, ARC’s Colorlines.com partnered with The Nation to create an election-year feature providing “in-depth coverage of voter suppression efforts nationwide.”
Grant data show that between 2005 and 2010, ARC received $1.12 million from the ACORN-connected Tides Foundation and $715,000 from George Soros’s Open Society Institute. The Ford Foundation gave ARC $1.15 million from 2008 to 2010, and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) paid ARC more than $200,000 for “consulting” in 2011.
Starting in 2010, ARC received a massive cash infusion from W.K. Kellogg. The Michigan-based foundation committed $1.2 million to ARC for “general operating support” from 2010-2012, followed by a $400,000 three-year grant beginning March 2012 and another $3.6 million three-year grant in September 2012.