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Dark money groups affiliated with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have injected nearly $ 20 million in hidden donor cash in midterm elections, federal records show.
The election money has gone to the Senate majority and majority houses PACs, which are linked to Schumer and Pelosi. The PACs bankroll the Senate and House Democrats, many of whom speak out against the political influence of dark money.
Majority Forward, a nonprofit organization that does not identify its donors on tax forms, has poured nearly $ 15 million into the midterm elections until the end of March, Federal Election Commission records show.
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The Senate Majority PAC received all Majority Forwards cash for the midterm terms, making the nonprofit its largest donor to date in this cycle. JB Poersch, a longtime Schumer ally, is president of both Majority Forward and PAC. Both groups share office space and staff.
“Let’s be clear: Corporate Republicans are the only ones standing in the way of increasing transparency and advancing campaign finance reform,” a Majority Forward spokesman told Fox News.
“We look forward to the day when Mitch McConnell and the Republicans in the Senate stop blocking these much-needed reforms, but until then we will continue to play by the rules of the current system and level the playing field for Democrats in the face of a huge corporate interest. “spending on the other hand,” the spokesman said.
Majority Forwards mid-term funding follows the $ 60 million the group had deposited in the 2020 election to help Democrats regain Senate majorities. It has now pushed $ 75 million into the election over the two cycles – a drastic increase over the $ 5.5 million it had added to the 2016 and 2018 elections combined.
The Schumer-affiliated nonprofit organization has put the anonymous money into its PAC while he regularly criticizes dark money, like him say “corrupted our policy.” Schumer has also pushed conservative legal groups to reveal their sources of funding, as he and other Democrats have benefited from several dark money-law groups of their own.
Majority Forwards sky-high election funding was made possible due to a collection of banner collections from its anonymous donors. The nonprofit, which works primarily on Democratic voter engagements, cashed a record $ 92 million in contributions in 2020, Fox News reported earlier.
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Meanwhile, House Majority Forward, a nonprofit organization that also does not identify its donors, has thrown $ 2.5 million over to its counterpart House Majority PAC. The nonprofit has spent $ 10 million on elections since its inception in 2019.
Like Schumer, Pelosi often retire against dark money.
House Majority Forwards tax forms show that the group raised $ 29.7 million from undisclosed contributors by 2020, an increase of $ 21.5 million in secret cash during its founding year.
House Majority Forward did not respond to a Fox News Digital Inquiry.
Majority Forward and House Majority Forward have now pushed $ 85 million into political committees over the past three years.
Despite the Democrats’ public opposition to dark money, they have surpassed Republicans in their use over the past many years.
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The New York Times reported that 15 of the most active Democratic nonprofits spent $ 1.5 billion by 2020. By comparison, 15 of the most active Republican nonprofits spent about $ 900 million.
A liberal dark money network, run by Washington, DC-based consulting firm Arabella Advisors, raised a whopping $ 1.6 billion in anonymous cash in 2020, Fox News reported earlier. It pushed $ 896 million in funds to liberal groups that year.