If not for the mollycoddling from corporate media, the boundless hypocrisy of progressives might deserve a modicum of admiration. After all, not just anyone can summon righteous indignation to accuse their opposition of the very same underhanded practices that they’ve already been outed for doing–and continue to do.
Such is the nature of the “Squad” and its activist roster and their admonishment of surreptitious dark money funding in political campaigns.
Members like Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Cori Bush (D-Mo.) have claimed to revile anonymous channels interfering in elections and yet, the same political action committee (PAC) that AOC was once a board member of had its largest 2022 contribution made by one such dark money group, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) records reviewed by Fox News Digital.
The Justice Democrats PAC received $300,000 from Organize for Justice in May, according to FEC records and the outlet described the nonprofit as the sister organization to the PAC that “obscures its funders, making it virtually impossible to identify who’s behind the six-figure cash infusion, which is also their single largest donation for the 2022 election cycle.”
The money was reportedly moved to the committee’s non-contribution account allotted for spending on advertising for political candidates that they support or oppose. Throughout the 2022 primaries, Justice Democrats have endorsed a winning candidate in Pennsylvania’s 12th congressional district Democratic primary, Summer Lee, and lost two Democratic primaries in Illinois where they supported Marie Newman over incumbent Rep. Sean Casten and Kina Collins over incumbent Rep. Danny Davis.
Ocasio-Cortez has vocalized her disfavor of dark money, notably tweeting during her first election bid in 2018, “Dark money is used to manipulate electorates. It is the enemy to democracy. Period.”
Dark money is used to manipulate electorates. It is the enemy to democracy. Period.
When politicians and corporations weaved their dark web of campaign finance, they created a ticking time bomb for foreign adversaries.
To make our democracy safer, we need to get big money OUT. https://t.co/OYX62jboZH
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 17, 2018
She went on, “When politicians and corporations weaved their dark web of campaign finance, they created a ticking time bomb for foreign adversaries. To make our democracy safer, we need to get big money OUT.”
Meanwhile, Ocasio-Cortez had been a member of the board of Justice Democrats, along with her campaign chair Saikat Chakrabarti, from December 2017 with “legal control over the entity” until attorneys claimed she was removed from the board in June 2018. However, corporate filings maintained she was an “entity governor” until at least March 2019 when corporate documents filed with Washington, D.C.’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs showed an official removal from the board.
Ocasio-Cortez and top aide officially removed from board of Justice Democrats PAC after FEC complaint https://t.co/V9ZrgWoZQB
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 19, 2019
Similarly, the nonprofit Way to Win had funneled $100,000 to the Justice Democrats PAC in 2020 which had reportedly been promoting Bush despite her denials.
As previously reported, dark money is a serious problem that has done more than influence elections. Various nonprofit groups have sheltered the identities of donor organizations pumping funds into a network of activist organizations and lobbying groups to promote fundamental changes at every level in America.
While members of the Squad may profess to be against these groups, the reality remains that they are intrinsically linked, even in recent days as the Washington Examiner pointed out after the stunt arrest that had taken place to protest the overturning of Roe v. Wade. The performance had been coordinated with the Center for Popular Democracy Action Fund, a group backed by billionaire and dark money king George Soros’s Open Society Foundation.
Justice Democrats did not respond to requests for comment from Fox News Digital at the time of this posting.
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