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Despite spending years decrying so-called dark money, Democrats embraced dark money all throughout former President Donald Trump’s presidency, including in the 2020 presidential election.
“Spurred by opposition to then-President Trump, donors and operatives allied with the Democratic Party embraced dark money with fresh zeal, pulling even with and, by some measures, surpassing Republicans in 2020 spending,” The New York Times has confirmed.
“The analysis shows that 15 of the most politically active nonprofit organizations that generally align with the Democratic Party spent more than $1.5 billion in 2020 — compared to roughly $900 million spent by a comparable sample of 15 of the most politically active groups aligned with the G.O.P.”
These findings, the Times notes, “reveal the growth and ascendancy of a shadow political infrastructure that is reshaping American politics, as megadonors to these nonprofits take advantage of loose disclosure laws to make multimillion-dollar outlays in total secrecy.”
The language used by the Times echoes the language used in the bombshell Time magazine report last year about the “cabal of powerful people” who’d worked together in a “shadow campaign” to “control the flow of information” and “change voting systems and laws” ahead of the 2020 election.
Incidentally, the goal of the shadowy “cabal” had been the same as the Democrat Party’s dark money lovers — to take out Republicans.
Stunning: TIME admits well-funded cabal of influencers worked behind-the-scenes to ‘save’ 2020 election https://t.co/WpYXQUfH0K
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) February 5, 2021
Back in 2019, Politico reported that Democrats had embraced dark money in the 2018 race as well.
“The Sixteen Thirty Fund, a little-known nonprofit headquartered in Washington, spent $141 million on more than 100 left-leaning causes during the midterm election year, according to a new tax filing from the group. The money contributed to efforts ranging from fighting Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and other Trump judicial nominees to boosting ballot measures raising the minimum wage and changing laws on voting and redistricting in numerous states,” according to Politico.
“The spending was fueled by massive anonymous donations, including one gift totaling $51.7 million. That single donation was more than the group had ever raised before in an entire year before President Donald Trump was elected. Most of the group’s funders are likely to remain a mystery because federal law does not require ‘social welfare’-focused nonprofits to reveal their donors.”
Even far-left socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reportedly got caught up in dark money, though she at the time denied the allegations against her:
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 5, 2019
Published three years since Politico’s report, the Times piece also mentions the infamous Sixteen Thirty Fund.
“A single, cryptically named entity that has served as a clearinghouse of undisclosed cash for the left, the Sixteen Thirty Fund, received mystery donations as large as $50 million and disseminated grants to more than 200 groups, while spending a total of $410 million in 2020 — more than the Democratic National Committee itself,” the Times’ report notes.
“The scale of secret spending is such that, even as small donors have become a potent force in politics, undisclosed money dwarfed the 2020 campaign fund-raising of President Biden (who raised a record $1 billion) and Mr. Trump (who raised more than $810 million).”
This group has reportedly even funneled its dark money to the disgraced, discredited Lincoln Project:
Some of the top donors to Lincoln Project:
Lone Pine Capital
David Geffen Co
Senate Majority PAC
Sixteen Thirty Fund
Do Right Inc
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) January 31, 2021
H.R. 1, the Democrats’ election bill, seeks to limit “dark money” in politics.
*One of the Democrats’ biggest donors in 2020 was a “dark money” group (the SIXTEEN THIRTY FUND) that did not disclose the sources behind $67.9M it gave to Democratic, progressive & anti-Trump groups. pic.twitter.com/oZYJOBpZyy
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) March 3, 2021
Conservatives for their part believe the group’s roots trace back to radical billionaire leftist George Soros because he has a history of recommending that donors give vast sums of money to the group.
Either way, in a blog post published last year, Sixteen Thirty Fund president Amy Kurtz defended the group’s behavior by saying they’re just trying “to level the playing field for progressives.”
“While we are dedicated to reducing the influence of special interest money in our politics, we are also committed to level the playing field for progressives. We believe those who support science, voting rights for every eligible voter, equity, and social justice need access to the same tools as those who oppose these core democratic ideals. The stakes are simply too high to do otherwise,” she wrote.
In other words, it’s OK when her side does it because her side allegedly believes in science …
Such a crazy anti-science dystopia Democrats want to force on the rest of us. https://t.co/SdSFzNMMb9
— Tommy Pigott (@TommyPigott) January 25, 2022
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