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Sean Noble is a political consultant who runs American Encore, formerly known as the Center to Protect Patient Rights, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization funded by money from Charles and David Koch. Noble is also a blogger and formerly worked as chief of staff to former U.S. Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.). He is the founding partner of the political consulting service DC London.
Sean Noble's early career in politics was spent with U.S. Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.). Noble served as Shadegg's chief of staff until 2009, when he left to start his own consulting business, Noble Associates. From there, "when it became clear that Obama was pursuing a national health-care law," he began consulting for Randy Kendrick—a prominent Arizona lawyer—to oppose any healthcare legislation, according to ProPublica.
In 2009, Noble became the head of the Center to Protect Patient Rights, a nonprofit group that distributed over $137 million to political causes in 2012, according to ProPublica. The group was originally set up in opposition to the Affordable Care Act, but after the healthcare law went into effect and the Citizens United Supreme Court decision in 2010, the group ceased lobbying for healthcare. In 2010, an unnamed national operative told ProPublica that Noble and the CPPR "were going to be the primary vehicle for the Koch money, for the Koch network." The site notes that he distributed millions of dollars through this network and made "almost $24 million for consulting and other services in 2012."
Much of the information about Noble and the CPPR comes from an $11 million last-minute donation to oppose two 2012 California ballot initiatives, the California Proposition 30, Sales and Income Tax Increase (2012) and California Proposition 32, the "Paycheck Protection" Initiative (2012). Days before the November 2012 election, the California Supreme Court ordered one nonprofit, Americans for Responsible Leadership (ARL), to reveal its donors. According to the Washington Post, this order set off a chain reaction: "[Americans for Responsible Leadership] named Noble’s group [The Center to Protect Patient Rights], which in turned pointed the finger at AJS [Americans for Job Security] in Virginia." The California Fair Political Practices Commission initiated the investigation of the donation to the campaign but did not specifically investigate the CPPR. As a result of the commission's investigation, Americans for Responsible Leadership revealed that they had failed to disclose that they were an intermediary for the donation, not the original source of it. The commission found ARL, but not Noble or the CPPR, to be in violation of the state's campaign finance laws.
Top influencers by state
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