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CNN Analysis Reveals Millions in ‘Dark Money’ Aiding Biden and Dems in 2020

The irony is palpable.

The 2020 election will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the most hotly contested and downright strange political affairs of the modern ear.  Entire chapters of our children’s textbooks will be written about the bizarre circumstances of this Trump-Biden war.

They’ll talk about the unprecedented measures taken at the third debate, after the second was canceled on account of the President’s COVID diagnosis.  They’ll talk about the Twitter suppression of the Commander in Chief’s messages.  Our descendants will learn all about 15 year old Claudia Conway’s impact on the general electorate via an app called Tik Tok.

And, depending on who’s writing the textbook, they may even spend some time trying to explain where Joe Biden and the Democrats came up with all their money.

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According to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics for CNN, more than $320 million in “dark money” boosted Democrats in races for the White House and congressional seats, more than double what Republicans saw.

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At the top of the list, the analysis showed, was Joe Biden. He took in nearly $132 million in such anonymous funding for his bid to unseat President Donald Trump. Trump, who is appealing vote counts showing a Biden win, received just $22 million in dark money.

Biden’s aides declined comment on the record, CNN said, but pointed to his letting reporters listen in on fundraising events as evidence of his support for transparency.

Of course, there was a bit of delicious irony as well.

They also note that the former vice president, a supporter of public financing for federal candidates, has proposed sweeping changes to address the role of money in politics and curb the outsize influence of dark money while backing more small-donor, grassroots funding for candidates.

In the case of this study, “dark money” was defined as any donation whose source was withheld from the general public.

 

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