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St. Louis Post-Dispatch: McCaskill Benefits From Dark Money Even as She Bashes It

Claire McCaskill is running for reelection and opposing Judge Brett Kavanaugh's elevation to the Supreme Court based on her opposition to dark money. That same type of group is spending to help McCaskill win.

By NTK Staff | 09.21.2018 @9:15am
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: McCaskill Benefits From Dark Money Even as She Bashes It

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) is running for reelection on a few key issues, one of which is her opposition to dark money. It’s the reason she is opposing Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s elevation to the Supreme Court – allegations against Kavanaugh notwithstanding.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch‘s Chuck Raasch, though, made an astute observation on Thursday: McCaskill is benefiting from the very dark money she opposes.

Raasch wrote:

Some of that spending is by political committees that disclose donors. But two of the biggest players so far have been dark-money groups aligned with the Koch Brothers of Kansas on the Republican side, and with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer.

According to Center for Responsive Politics analysis, the Kochs’ Americans For Prosperity has already dumped $3.9 million into ads and other political activity in Missouri. Schumer’s Majority Forward has spent $1.3 million; a separate Schumer PAC that discloses donors has spent millions more in Missouri.

Raasch points out that Attorney General Josh Hawley (R-MO), McCaskill’s opponent, is also benefiting from so-called dark money. Hawley, though, is not running for six years in the U.S. Senate on a platform of getting rid of this type of campaign spending. McCaskill is.

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