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With New Group, The Far Left Continues to Embrace Dark Money

CNN reported on Tuesday that progressives have raised $80 million for a new coordinating group. The problem? It’s a 501(c)(4) group, which other Democrats have slammed as “dark money.”

Clinton and Sanders

Liberals have found a new group to pump millions of dollars into in the age of Donald Trump. The problem? It’s another 501(c)(4) “dark money” group, apparently the political option of choice for Democrats as of late.

CNN reported on the new group on Tuesday evening:

At their spring gala Tuesday night, the Center for Popular Democracy Action will unveil a new $80 million effort to coordinate the work of dozens of smaller progressive groups from around the country.

The activist organization’s new initiative — which, as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit political organization, is not required to disclose its donors — arrives as part of a broader effort on the left to channel anger at the Trump administration into a lasting power base, with the ability to influence policy debates within the Democratic Party while boosting candidates on the local, state and federal levels.

In recent months, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Hillary Clinton each set up 501(c)(4) groups, despite past criticism of so-called “unaccountable dark money.” Even Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), an outspoken critic of money in politics, lauded the announcement of Clinton’s group.

Clinton even spoke out about the issue during her failed presidential campaign:

It increasingly appears, though, that Democrats’ real problem is not with “dark money” – which they have embraced in 2017 – but with Republican money.