According to federal records, dark money groups linked to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have pumped nearly $20 million in hidden donor funding into the midterm elections.
Over the last three years, non-profits that obscure their sources have invested $85 million in election-related activities.
Schumer, Pelosi-affiliated groups funnel millions in anonymous donor cash into midterm elections
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The Senate Majority and House Majority PACs, which are linked to Schumer and Pelosi, have received campaign contributions. The PACs fund Senate and House Democrats, many of whom rage against the impact of dark money in politics.
Federal Election Commission records show, Majority Forward, a nonprofit that does not disclose its contributors on tax forms, has spent roughly $15 million on the midterm elections through the end of March.
The Senate Majority PAC received all of Majority Forward’s funds for the midterm elections, making it the organization’s greatest donor this cycle. Majority Forward and the PAC are both led by J.B Poersch, a long-time Schumer supporter. Both organizations share office space and staff.
A spokesperson for Majority Forward said to Fox News, “Let’s be clear: corporate Republicans are the only ones standing in the way of increasing transparency and making progress on campaign finance reform.”
“We look forward to the day when Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans stop blocking these badly needed reforms,” the spokesperson said. “Until then, we’ll continue to play by the rules of the current system and level the playing field for Democrats in the face of enormous corporate special interest spending on the other side.”
Majority Forward’s midterm funding comes on the heels of a $60 million investment in the 2020 elections by the group to assist Democrats to reclaim the Senate majority. It has already invested $75 million in elections over the last two cycles, a significant increase from the $5.5 million it spent in 2016 and 2018.
The anonymous cash was routed into Schumer’s PAC by a Schumer-affiliated foundation, despite Schumer’s frequent criticism of dark money, which he claims “corrupted our politics.”
Schumer has also campaigned for conservative judicial groups to reveal their funders, despite the fact that he and other Democrats have profited from a number of dark money judicial groups.