“Dark Money”: How Progressive Politicians and Groups are Winning

Craig Huey Government, Congress, and Politics Leave a Comment

Few know what “Dark Money” is … and even fewer know how the progressive movement is using it to transform our culture and politics.

Let me explain…

In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that the use of general treasury funds by corporations and unions for political advertising are a form of free speech protected by the First Amendment.

Two previous restrictions that were not overturned by the ruling:

  • The requirements for public disclosure by sponsors of advertisements
  • The federal ban on direct contributions from corporations or unions to candidate campaigns

Progressive politicians and groups heavily criticized the Supreme Court for its ruling in the case.

In his 2010 State of the Union address, President Obama complained that the ruling would “open the floodgates for special interests…to spend without limit in our elections.”

They constantly attack the ruling, claiming that conservatives and Republicans are using it to their advantage.

That’s a lie.

Democrats have been using the ruling – along with subversive tactics to avoid the public disclosure requirements that were not overturned – to outspend their opponents and win elections ever since.

They use “dark money” – political contributions that can’t be traced to individual donors – to produce TV commercials, direct mail, digital campaign advertising and more.

A case in point was the recent special election in Alabama – a traditionally conservative state – in which Republican Roy Moore was defeated by progressive Democrat Doug Jones.

A new super PAC (Political Action Committee) appeared just one month before election day.

Using a little-known legal loophole that allows PACs to do business on credit … they raised and spent $5.1 million of untraceable funds from other PACs and political organizations.

The use of dark money went against the campaign platform of Democratic candidate Doug Jones … but as long as it enabled him to win the election, he didn’t object.

When politicians violate their own campaign disclosure laws, how can they expect others to enforce and obey gun control laws and other legislation they pass?

 

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