Democrats are hypocrites when it comes to “dark money” – and Shift has long pointed out just how deep their hypocrisy goes, especially when Tom Steyer is involved. A recent report by the ultra-liberal Center for Public Integrity sheds even more light on the hypocrisy. Via the Center for Public Integrity:
“A liberal ‘dark money’ group that leads national and state-based Democratic coalitions and dubs itself the ‘hub of the progressive community’ raised $13.4 million in its most recent fiscal year, spending about 43 percent of the total on ‘direct or indirect campaign activities,’ according to a recently released tax document, a copy of which was obtained by the Center for Public Integrity.”
So, which liberal dark money group is it this time?
The organization is called America Votes. According to the Center for Public Integrity, approximately 60 percent of America Votes intake from July 2014 and June 2015 was “provided by 11 anonymous donors who all gave at least $500,000.” One dark money donor gave a whopping $1.3 million.
America Votes recent activities include swapping money with other political nonprofit organizations — “including a handful with ties to the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.”
Yes, that’s the same Clinton who loves to lambast the “campaign finance system that allows such organizations to exist.” Apparently, she has no problem benefitting from the very system she claims to abhor.
It should come as no surprise that Clinton is benefiting from close ties to America Votes. After all, it was founded by “a group of liberal operatives, including Harold Ickes, a longtime adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton.”
So, when confronted with their astounding hypocrisy, how do liberals respond?
By — laughably — attempting to take the moral high ground. According to liberals, they are somehow different from other dark money groups due to their various causes.
One acting director of liberal dark money organizations (Fair Share Action and Fair Share Inc.) explained that her “groups differ from other dark money organizations.” Via the Center for Public Integrity:
“It’s important to distinguish between a grassroots group like Fair Share, which is organized with a social mission and those organizations which are specifically set up to shield political donors,” Wendlandt said.
“Until better rules are in place for controlling the influence of money in politics, no one expects one side or the other to stop playing by the current rules,” Wendlandt added. “We are using the weapons in our arsenal.”
Ms. Wendlandt doesn’t appear to understand that her organization is not different, she’s just a hypocrite.
We noticed that so far the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission has not posted this illuminating story on its Facebook page — though the bureaucrats at the PDC generally like these kind of stories if it’s Republicans under the microscope. Maybe we’ll see it there after the holiday weekend..
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