Democrats Embrace ‘Dark Money’

Democrats Decry ‘Big Special Interests’ Dark Money’ While Plotting ‘Behind Closed Doors’ With A Special Interest Group Whose ‘Funding Is Arguably Even More Opaque’


SEN. SHELDON WHITEHOUSE (D-RI): “Now you see the confirmation process underway, and you see big special interests’ dark money already out, campaigning … Somebody spent nearly $18 million in political ads … We don’t know who that person was because of the dark money protections that are such a scourge in our democracy right now. That individual donor’s hand is hidden behind all of this dark money machinery …” (Sen Whitehouse, Congressional Record, S. 4996, 7/17/2018)

SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN (D-MA): “One of the principal tools rich and powerful people use is dark money.  They have created an evasive enemy that slithers out of sight, with only a glimpse here or there.” (Sen. Warren, Press Release, 4/24/2018)

LEFT-WING ‘DARK MONEY’ GROUP DEMAND JUSTICE: “We’re LIVE on the steps of the Supreme Court with U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Edward J. Markey and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris demanding Democrats in the Senate #DitchtheList of Trump’s SCOTUS nominees.” (Demand Justice, Facebook, 6/28/2018)


But Dems Gather ‘Behind Closed Doors’ And Rally With ‘Dark Money’ Group On The Supreme Court

“The executive director of Demand Justice is Brian Fallon, a former top aide to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who later advised Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016.” (“Millions From Anonymous Donors To Influence Kavanaugh Fight,” The Associated Press, 7/12/2018)

“Millions of dollars from anonymous donors are helping shape the fight over President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee … The liberal Demand Justice has spelled out plans for a $5 million effort to oppose Kavanaugh … While the groups’ positions on Kavanaugh are clear, their sources of cash aren’t.” (“Millions From Anonymous Donors To Influence Kavanaugh Fight,” The Associated Press, 7/12/2018)



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