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Report Highlights Democrats’ Hypocrisy Surrounding ‘Dark Money’ in Politics

"On election night 2018, I didn't hear anybody go, oh jeez! We won! But gosh, wasn't all that stuff really bad that helped everybody win."

By NTK Staff | 05.07.2019 @10:45am
Report Highlights Democrats’ Hypocrisy Surrounding ‘Dark Money’ in Politics

National Public Radio (NPR) highlighted how hypocritical Democrats are when it comes to using ‘dark money’ to influence elections in a report published on Tuesday.

For those unfamiliar with the term ‘dark money,’ it refers to “political money that can’t be traced back to its source.” It’s something many prominent Democrats have campaigned against, often claiming ‘dark money’ is “what’s wrong with politics in Washington.”

After taking back control of the House in 2018, Democrats were quick to pass H.R. 1, which aims to “end the secrecy shielding donors behind unregulated dark money contributions.”

However, as NPR pointed out in their report, this same ‘dark money’ that Democrats hope to eliminate from politics is what propelled them to their historic victories in 2018.

“A recent study by the government reform group Issue One found that in the 2018 midterm elections, politically active tax-exempt groups spent about $150 million in secret money, and Democratic-leaning groups accounted for 54 percent of it.”

“We turned over every rock we could, and we could only identify about two of every nine dollars that these groups had raised,” Issue One’s Michael Beckel said of the group’s efforts to identify the donors behind these ‘dark money’ groups.

The liberal group Majority Forward used “about one-third of all the secret money” during the 2018 election cycle. But that didn’t stop Majority Forward from running an ad, “which attacked the dark-money system” during the 2018 election cycle.

“I have no misgivings,” Mark Riddle, the executive director of Future Majority, told NPR about the blatant hypocrisy. “On election night 2018, I didn’t hear anybody go, oh jeez! We won! But gosh, wasn’t all that stuff really bad that helped everybody win.”

Riddle did go on to tell NPR that he believes “that House Bill 1 is maybe the most important piece of legislation that can be passed.”

Robin Kolodny, a political scientist at Temple University, told NPR that she wasn’t surprised by the hypocrisy.

“One party stretches the law, gets away with it, and then the other party just goes ahead and does the same thing,” Kolodny said. “And then eventually the FEC [Federal Election Commission] will just say, ‘Yeah, obviously, I guess this must be okay.'”

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