Other than preserving and expanding a woman’s “right” to have an abortion, overturning the Citizen’s United ruling is one of the Democratic Party’s chief goals should they ever have the fortune of stacking the Supreme Court to their advantage. From Barack Obama to Hillary Clinton and everyone in between, Democrats have been speaking out against the landmark decision which declared political donations to be a form of free speech. This opened the door not only to super PACs but to shadowy organizations that file their taxes as nonprofits while donating copiously (and anonymously) to politicians and political causes. It’s called “dark money,” and the left claims it’s one of the things ruining our democracy.
But that doesn’t prevent them from taking full advantage of the situation.
From the Washington Post:
Liberal activists, who were dramatically outspent in their last fight to fend off President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, are embracing a tactic that has been a mainstay of the conservative political playbook: tapping a war chest financed by unidentified donors to try to influence judicial nominations.
Demand Justice, a new group run by former aides to Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama, plans to raise and spend at least $5 million to try to block the confirmation of Brett M. Kavanaugh, Trump’s pick to replace Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. The group is housed within another nonprofit, allowing it to mask not only the names of its donors but the size of their contributions.
Their effort is part of a multimillion-dollar advertising battle already underway over the latest seat to open on the high court. As the White House and Senate Republicans wrangle with Democrats over the release of documents in advance of confirmation hearings, which Republicans hope can begin in a matter of weeks, these groups are already blanketing the airwaves in key states, with the aim of influencing a small group of senators who will cast the decisive votes.
It’s hilarious that anyone on the left would take Democrats seriously when they say they want to get this kind of money out of Washington. There’s nothing they want less. This is just another wedge issue they can use to appeal to the Occupy Wall Streeters out there who haven’t figured out yet that the Democrats are playing them for fools.
As long as the money is out there for the getting, Washington politicians on both sides of the aisle are going to get it and use it. And as long as the access is equal, we don’t see what’s wrong with that. Billionaires and collectivist organizations have just as much right to be heard in our democracy as anyone else. If this is what they choose to spend their money on, more power to them. Just don’t sit up there and take hundreds of millions of dollars and then turn around and tell us about your high-minded ideals. It stinks of hypocrisy.