Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has been exposed by the Washington Free Beacon for being linked to a super PAC that accepts contributions from a liberal dark money group.
The Washington Free Beacon reported on Saturday that although Schumer has publically preached that “Dark money is casting a shadow over our political process,” he doesn’t seem to practice what he preaches.
The Schumer connection
According to the Beacon, “Despite the condemnation of dark money groups, the Schumer-linked Senate Majority PAC, which works to elect Democrats in the Senate, is closely affiliated with Majority Forward, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit that does not disclose its funders.”
A close associate of Schumer’s, J.B. Poersch, was tapped to lead the Senate Majority PAC in 2017. According to the organization’s website, “Senate Majority PAC was founded by experienced, aggressive Democratic strategists with one mission: To win Senate races.”
Since 2015, the PAC has accepted $1.7 million in funding from the dark money group Majority Forward to achieve that mission, according to the FEC. Many take issue with the fact that so-called “dark money groups” inappropriately influence elections because the organizations are not required to disclose who is donating to their cause.
Majority Forward is a major dark money spender in the 2020 elections, having already contributed $750,000 to take down Senate Republicans as of December.
In the 2018 election cycle, Majority Forward was the biggest dark money spender as well. The group spent a staggering $46 million to advance the Democrat agenda, nearly a third of all Democrat dark money expenditures in that election cycle.
“Do as I say”
Schumer went on the offensive against Judicial Crisis Network earlier this year, demanding that the right-leaning dark money group release their list of donors, claiming that “The American public deserves to know who is funding these attacks,” against Democrat senators.
However, not a word was said about Majority Forward, which in January 2019 specifically targeted “Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Susan Collins (R-ME), Thom Tillis (R-NC), David Perdue (R-GA), Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) with a $600,000 ad buy,” according to the Washington Post.
This is yet another classic example of Democrat posturing. Chuck Schumer will rail against Republican dark money groups, but when it comes to holding his own associates to the same standard, he’s remarkably silent.