Joe Biden hasn’t been a fan of transparency when it came to who funded his presidential campaign.
Both the Biden and Trump campaigns raised and spent similar sums, but a far greater share of Biden’s funds came from untraceable “dark money.”
According to Newsmax: “more than $320 million in ‘dark money’ boosted Democrats in races for the White House and congressional seats, more than double what Republicans saw. 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.”
Or in other words, Biden took in over six times as much dark money as President Trump.
Most dark money groups are nonprofits that engage in work related to social welfare. As long as involvement in elections isn’t deemed the “primary activity” of the nonprofit, they can contribute to campaigns without providing the names of their donors.
While one may want to donate to a campaign this way for privacy reasons, this loophole could potentially be used to hide what would otherwise be illegal donations.
Democrats have become increasingly good at attracting dark money in recent years despite publicly speaking out against it. The Democratic National Committee adopted a platform that included banning dark money back in August of this year.
That’s where they claim to stand on principle – but it’s unlikely to ever be a stand they take in practice.