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Dark money machine: Biden and Leading Dems Benefit from Millions in Untraceable Election Funding

Democratic leaders, including President Biden, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, are facing scrutiny over their apparent hypocrisy regarding dark money in politics. Despite their vocal condemnation of such practices, recent revelations expose their acceptance and utilization of undisclosed donations for the upcoming 2024 elections.

President Biden, who has publicly decried the corrosive influence of untraceable funds on elections, finds himself at odds with his own campaign’s acceptance of dark money contributions. The Future Forward PAC, the primary super PAC supporting Biden’s re-election bid, has received substantial amounts of such donations, including an eye-catching $8 million contribution from its affiliated nonprofit arm, Future Forward USA Action. This glaring discrepancy raises questions about the sincerity of Biden’s rhetoric on campaign finance reform and transparency.

Similarly, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s political machinery, the Senate Majority PAC, has been implicated in the covert transfer of funds between its nonprofit arm, Majority Forward, and the PAC itself. Public records indicate that millions of dollars in undisclosed donations have been funneled from Majority Forward to the PAC, casting doubt on Schumer’s commitment to rooting out dark money from politics.

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries also finds himself ensnared in the web of opaque financing, with the House Majority PAC, dedicated to bolstering Democratic candidates in the lower chamber, benefitting from significant dark money contributions from its affiliated nonprofit, House Majority Forward.

Critics have seized upon this glaring double standard, highlighting the Democrats’ willingness to denounce dark money while simultaneously profiting from its use. Caitlin Sutherland, Executive Director of Americans for Public Trust, aptly points out the irony of liberals decrying dark money while hypocritically benefiting from it.

While both Democrats and Republicans engage in the utilization of undisclosed funds for election activities, the Democrats’ penchant for dark money contributions is particularly egregious. Reports from The New York Times suggest that during the 2020 elections, Democrat dark money nonprofits outspent their Republican counterparts by a substantial margin, underscoring the Democrats’ insatiable appetite for untraceable campaign funds.

As the debate over campaign finance reform rages on, the Democrats’ blatant disregard for their own principles regarding dark money further erodes public trust in the political process. While Republicans are not innocent bystanders in the dark money game, the Democrats’ hypocrisy on this issue serves as a stark reminder of the pervasive influence of money in politics and the urgent need for genuine reform.

By: Montana Newsroom staff

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