Nearly everywhere you turn this election cycle Democrats are warning voters about the dire implications that “outside spending” or “dark money” will have on the political process.
In Michigan Gary Peters argued, “There should be out of state billionaires controlling the dialogue. It should be Michiganders that are controlling the dialogue.”
But as Brad Dayspring of the NRSC reports, “Peters’ own campaign is the beneficiary of over $10 million in outside spending from August 1st through Election Day.”
Iowa Senate candidate Bruce Braley warned votes about “secret money” flooding in to Iowa from groups that “evade disclosure requirements” and “interfere with elections.”
And yet outside groups have spent $4 million more on attack ads aimed at the Republican candidate than GOP groups have spent against Braley. And that’s just the beginning. POLITICO reports that shadowy Democratic groups have reserved $10.8 million in air time for the final six weeks of the race.
North Carolina’s Kay Hagan said that North Carolinians “shouldn’t have distorted messages forced on them at every commercial break or trip to the mailbox from shadowy national groups” who “don’t know our state, don’t share our values and don’t have North Carolinians’ best interests at heart.”
But despite the passionate-sounding appeal, Hagan is simply being hypocritical. According to FEC reports Hagan has benefited from more than $17 million in outside advertising from outside groups.
And in Colorado, Mark Udall said, “Restoring transparency and reining in shadowy groups is essential to protecting our democracy.”
What he hasn’t said is that those shadowy, independent groups have contributed millions more dollars to his campaign than to his GOP opponent.
The list could go on and on. And it owes nothing to coincidence. No, this is a coordinated approach to pretend to be opposed to spending by outside groups while also actively courting their money to win the race. POLITICO’s Kenneth Vogel and Tarini Parti report:
Democrats love to cast Republicans as the party of big money, beholden to the out-of-touch billionaires bankrolling their campaigns.
But new numbers tell a very different story — one in which Democrats are actually raising more big money than their adversaries.
Among the groups reporting the biggest political ad spending, the 15 top Democrat-aligned committees have outraised the 15 top Republican ones $453 million to $289 million in the 2014 cycle, according to a POLITICO analysis of the most recent Federal Election Commission reports, including those filed over the weekend — which cover through the end of last month.
Democrats are doing more than just writing checks. They’re meeting behind closed doors to not only plot how to win the coming election, but how to govern in the years ahead. POLITICO reported over the summer:
Picture this: millionaires and billionaires gathering under tight security in fancy hotels with powerful politicians and operatives to plot how their network of secret-money groups can engineer a permanent realignment of American politics.
Only, it’s not the Koch brothers. It’s the liberal Democracy Alliance.
The story goes on to discuss the group’s “secretive” meetings where guest lists aren’t made public and reporters “aren’t exactly made to feel welcome” because the group employs tactics like handing out list of journalists, complete with their pictures, “to watch out for.”
This isn’t just a case of the pot calling the kettle black. This is a case of dark money trying to paint the nation blue. So the next time you hear a Democrat candidate lambasting the GOP for attempting to buy the election, remember that Democratic donors have already paid for it.