Hillary Clinton goes after ‘secret money’ in op-ed, while dark money runs her group

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Peter Hasson, DCNF

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton slammed the use of “secret money” in politics in a new essay, even as she conceals the identities of donors to her own “dark money” political group.

“We need to overturn Citizens United and get secret money out of our politics,” Clinton writes in a new afterword to her book published in The Atlantic Sunday evening.

Clinton claims in the essay that “American democracy is in crisis,” for which she blames President Donald Trump and Republican donors.

“Over many years, our defenses were worn down by a small group of right-wing billionaires—people like the Mercer family and Charles and David Koch—who spent a lot of time and money building an alternative reality where science is denied, lies masquerade as truth, and paranoia flourishes,” Clinton writes.

Clinton’s attack on “secret money” in politics comes as her own political group, Onward Together, uses secret money to fund its opposition to Trump.

Because Clinton registered Onward Together as a 501(c)4 “social welfare” organization, she’s not required to disclose its donors to the public.

Clinton could still voluntarily reveal the identity of Onward Together’s donors, but has not done so.

Clinton’s reliance on dark money makes for a stark contrast with her rhetoric on the 2016 campaign trail, where she frequently criticized the influence of dark money groups like the one she now runs.

In the final presidential debate, Clinton promised to nominate Supreme Court justices who would “say no to Citizens United, a decision that has undermined the election system in our country because of the way it permits dark, unaccountable money to come into our electoral system.”

Onward Together began soliciting donations immediately upon its launch.

The group partnered up with a number of left-wing organizations, including anti-Trump group Indivisible — whose leadership includes several former Clinton staffers — and Color of Change, a group supported by left-wing billionaire George Soros.

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