1 month ago

#Tenet, from the Latin (#tenet: [to] hold, [it] holds; #teneō: [to] hold, [to] have); cf. the French #tenir (to hold).

The conservative #Bradley #Impact #Fund :

#Teneo is the talent pipeline for the conservative movement.

We are laser-focused on #transforming the key institutions shaping American #culture.

We know the conservative movement, unlike the progressive Left, has failed to prioritize the placement of talented people in positions of influence within the key industries in America.

We see Hollywood blacklisting pro-America films, hormone therapies for children being normalized in American culture, major American companies forcing a “woke” ideology into our lives, and foreign policies being championed that weaken America.

That absolutely has to change. Teneo can change it. And that’s our focus

#Teneo members represent different facets of the conservative movement writ large.

Some Teneo members were “very strong Trump defenders,” #Baehr said in the 2019 town hall video, while others have opposed Trump vehemently. Baehr said there were clear divisions within the group’s members about immigration and trade policy.

“Hopefully other ones, maybe Green New Deal, I hope that’s more like 99 to 1” in opposition, he said.

In the town hall video Baehr assured new members that Teneo “is private and #confidential.” He said the group will never reveal the names of its members without their permission, though they are free to disclose their membership if they want to. Members must be in their 40s or younger to join.

For those Teneo members who run for #elected #office, the network offers easy access to a large pool of #donors and allies.

A Leo acolyte and member of Teneo’s Midwest membership committee, Will #Scharf, is now running for Missouri attorney general. Campaign finance records show that dozens of Teneo members made substantial early contributions to Scharf’s campaign, including Leo, Baehr and other members of Teneo’s leadership, who last year each gave the maximum allowable donation of $2,650.

In an email, Scharf said many of his “dearest friends are members of Teneo, and it has been a privilege to be involved with such an extraordinarily talented and committed group of young conservatives.”

A recent #Teneo fundraising email laid out how the group can bring its members' influence together in service of a cause.

To “confront” what he dubbed “woke capitalism,” Jonathan #Bunch, a longtime Leo deputy and now Teneo board member, wrote that the group had brought together a coalition of Teneans “working with (or serving as) state #attorneys #general, state #financial #officers, state #legislators, #journalists, media #executives and best-in-class public affairs #professionals” to launch investigations, hold hearings, pull state investment funds and publish op-eds and news stories in response to so-called environmental, social and governance, or ESG, policies at the corporate level.

“Our members were in the rooms where it happened,” Bunch wrote.

Another project underway, #Baehr explained in a 2020 presentation, was a “#surreptitious and #exciting” effort to map key institutions in major cities — private #schools, #countryclubs, #newspapers, #Rotary and so on — and find ways to get Teneo members inside those institutions and help members connect with each other.

The initiative has begun by mapping Atlanta and several cities in Texas

Enter #Leonard #Leo.
In the early years of the Trump administration, he and the #Federalist #Society had remarkable influence within the new government. The Federalist Society had brought the legal doctrines of #originalism and #textualism — close readings of laws and the Constitution to adhere to the intent and words of the authors — into the mainstream.

Leo had taken a leave of absence from the group to advise President Trump on judicial appointments, helping shepherd the appointments of Neil #Gorsuch, Brett #Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney #Barrett to the Supreme Court and helping to fill more than 200 other positions in federal district and appellate courts.

By the time Trump left office, he had put on the bench 28% of all federal judges in America.

In the town hall video, #Baehr explained how he modeled #Teneo on the Federalist Society.

Leo’s “secret sauce,” he said, was to identify an “inner core” group of people within the Federalist Society’s 60,000 members.

Leo was “identifying them and recruiting them for either specific roles to serve as #judges or to spin up and launch critical #projects often which you would have no idea about.”

#FedSoc #teneonetwork #darkmoney

#Baehr and #Thiel lamented what they saw as the fragmented state of conservative networks, with their hidebound think tanks and intellectual centers that hold sway over right-of-center politics.

A rare bright spot on their side, Baehr and Thiel agreed, was the #FederalistSociety. Thiel had, in fact, served as president of the Stanford Federalist Society.

What if there were a group similar to the Federalist Society for #venture #capitalists or corporate #CEOs or members of the #media?

In 2008, Baehr, Hawley and others launched #Teneo — Latin for “I grasp" or “I endure.”

Hawley, then an associate lawyer in private practice, authored Teneo’s founding principles, according to the new member talk hosted by Baehr, and served on the group’s board.

Its core beliefs align with the broader conservative establishment’s: #limited government, #individual liberty, #free enterprise, #strong national defense and #civil society and belief in a “#transcendent order” that is “founded in #tradition, #philosophy, or #theology.”

Leonard Leo, a key architect of the Supreme Court’s conservative supermajority, is now the chairman of #Teneo #Network, a group that aims to influence all aspects of American politics and culture

Leo declared in a slick but private video to potential donors, he planned to “crush liberal dominance” across American life. The country was plagued by “woke-ism” in corporations and education, “one-sided journalism” and “entertainment that’s really corrupting our youth,” said Leo amid snippets of cheery music and shots of sunsets and American flags.

Sitting tucked into a couch, with wire-rimmed glasses and hair gone to gray, Leo conveyed his inspiration and intentions: “I just said to myself, ‘Well, if this can work for law, why can’t it work for lots of other areas of American culture and American life where things are really messed up right now?’”

Teneo is building what Leo called in the video “networks of conservatives that can roll back” liberal influence in #WallStreet and #SiliconValley, among #authors and #academics, with pro #athletes and #Hollywood producers.

A Federalist Society for everything.

— ProPublica

#fedsoc #federalistsociety

3 months ago

"To “confront” …“#wokecapitalism,” Jonathan Bunch, a longtime Leo deputy and now #Teneo board member…brought together a coalition of Teneans “working with…state attorneys general,…financial officers,…legislators, journalists, media executives and best-in-class public affairs professionals” to launch investigations, hold hearings, pull state investment funds and publish op-eds and news stories in response to…#ESG, policies at the corporate level."

9 months ago

DeSantis Privately Called for Google to Be “Broken Up”

In previously unreported videos from a closed-door Teneo Network conference, Florida's Republican governor takes his anti-big tech rhetoric beyond what he has said publicly.

#DeSantis #Florida #Google #Antitrust #Teneo #BigTech

#LeonardLeo, who helped #DonaldTrump put 28% of all federal #judges in America on the bench in just 4 years, has a new project.

#Teneo, a #conservative org modeled on Leo's #FederalistSociety, aims to be “the Silicon Valley of Conservatism" and “crush #liberal dominance” in the U.S.

Members, who must be in their 40s or younger to join, have included #JoshHawley, Elise Stefanic, #BenShapiro, pro athletes, members of #TPUSA, senior #energy execs & aides to #RonDeSantis.

Cory Doctorow
9 months ago

Leo's post-Trump side-hustle is a "Federalist Society for everything" - a secretive, lavishly funded cabal aimed at taking over campuses, corporations, news outlets with an army of "under 40s" conservative operatives. It's called #Teneo, and it was a secret - until its internal memos, videos and other materials leaked to Propublica.