Despite the Left’s histrionics over the Koch brothers or other notorious bankrollers on the Right, it appears that more “dark money” is now filling progressive coffers than conservative ones even as the anti-billionaire rhetoric escalates. A report from the bipartisan Issue One group reveals that of the $150 million in “dark money” during the 2018 election liberal groups spent more than half of it, while conservatives burned through one-third of it. Nonpartisan groups came in last at just 15 percent. OpenSecrets.org defines “dark money” as “political spending meant to influence the decision of a voter, where the donor is not disclosed and the source of the money is unknown.” So much for that coalition between liberals and the little guy.
Here’s more from Fox News…
Liberal groups outspent conservative ones in so-called “dark money” during the 2018 midterm election, for the first time since 2010.
A report from Issue One, a bipartisan advocacy group, shows that liberal groups spent over half of the $150 million of dark money in the latest election. Conservative groups spend a third of the figure, while nonpartisan groups spent just 15 percent.
Issue One CEO Nick Penniman said that the data showed that the problem of political groups that can spend unlimited money without disclosing their donors is a bipartisan problem.
“As we head into the 2020 presidential election, both parties must reject the opaque ways some of their wealthiest donors are influencing elections,” he said. “Dark money is the most toxic force in politics.”