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D.C. Democrats Purposely Concealed Source of Anti-Cruz PAC’s Funding

The news comes as Democrats grandstand about campaign finance reform, making it the first House bill in the next Congress.

By NTK Staff | 12.07.2018 @1:15pm
D.C. Democrats Purposely Concealed Source of Anti-Cruz PAC’s Funding

Senate Majority PAC, the national super PAC closely tied to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), used a Federal Election Commission (FEC) loophole to conceal the source of funding for a super PAC that did nothing but attack Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in the 2018 midterms.

Texas Forever PAC was formed just days before the midterm elections, and spent $2.3 million going after the incumbent Republican in the Lone Star State. Because the PAC was formed on October 19 – after the final reporting deadline for PACs – it did not have to report any donations or spending until well after Election Day.

It’s a loophole that both Democrats and Republicans have employed, but the move is a bit hypocritical coming from D.C. Democrats, who routinely deride such tactics and plea for campaign finance reform. It’s even more jarring considering the PAC was designed to help Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), who campaigned on a campaign finance reform platform:

Texas Forever spent its funds helping Cruz’s opponent, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Tex.), a proponent of campaign finance reform who decries the influence of money in politics. O’Rourke swore off taking any money from PACs during his campaign and boasted in his first campaign ad that he was running on “no PACs, just people.” But that didn’t prohibit super PACs — which operate independently of politicians and their campaigns, and are not allowed to coordinate with them — from getting involved in the race.

Current House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who works closely with her Senate counterpart Schumer, has been quick to grandstand on the issue of campaign finance reform. Last month, Pelosi announced that the new Congress’s first bill, H.R. 1, will be a “good-government” reform bill designed to address issues plaguing the U.S. election system.

Here’s how the liberal New Yorker described the bill:

H.R. 1 will be the culmination of years of anxiety and anger among Democrats about the impact that voter suppression, gerrymandering, and post Citizens-United campaign finance have had on their electoral prospects and on American democracy as a whole.

Included in H.R. 1 will be a requirement for more disclosure for donors to political organizations.

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