House Bill Addresses Dark Money In Politics

(ReliableNews.org) – The Democratic Party recently introduced HR1, also known as the “For the People Act.” On March 3, the House of Representatives passed the legislation in a partisan vote. Tucked into the bill is a provision that targets “dark money” in politics, something the party has been lobbying against since the 2010 Citizens United v. FEC ruling. 

Although action on this issue has bipartisan support, Republicans say the new Democratic provision is going to do more harm than good. 

Loophole

The provision targeting Super PAC money, will force organizations to disclose the names of the people who donate to their cause. It also forces more transparency for digital political ads. Republicans argue that it is just going to lead to lawmakers profiting off of elections. 

Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-WI) explained that lawmakers are “able to funnel campaign contributions” into their own bank accounts by “hiring their spouses” to work on their campaigns. He pointed to a recent case of that happening when a representative “exploited this loophole to the tune of $2.8 million.” Although he didn’t name any one person, he seems to be talking about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). During the last election, Omar’s campaign paid her husband Tim Mynett’s consulting firm roughly $2.8 million between 2019 and September 2020.

For the…Who?

Although the Democratic Party claims the provision of the bill will make the elections fairer, it seems this provision will do the opposite. Instead of transparency, it will give unethical lawmakers the opportunity to get rich off the money their donors send them. More of them will be able to cash in like Omar did. 

The legislation is now headed to the Senate. There is some chatter that the Left could eliminate the filibuster to pass it with a simple majority. If that happens, it could have dire consequences for the future of the US government and elections. 

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