Claire McCaskill accused of using the ‘darkest of dark money’ in last-ditch effort campaign ploy

Incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill has been accused of being behind a hash of slanderous “dark money” mailers sent to Republicans in Missouri that contain lies about her opponent, Josh Hawley.

“Voters around the state are receiving political mailers from an anonymous source attacking Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley on a range of issues — from gun rights to his push to oust former Gov. Eric Greitens,” The Kansas City Star reported.

The mailers urge Republicans to vote for either a third-party or independent candidate. Enough GOP votes cast in either direction would essentially swing the election to McCaskill who’s narrowly trailing Hawley in a highly contentious race.

Included in the mailers are lies such as the claim that Hawley supports radical gun control measures. This would certainly be big news to the National Rifle Association if it were true, given that the guns rights group endorsed him for McCaskill’s seat months ago.

The mailers also falsely claim Hawley had joined liberals, including McCaskill, in smearing Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings in September and October.

Of greater concern to Republicans are the mailers’ lack of identifying information regarding who funded them. Funding identification is reportedly required by law. Those groups that fail to comply with this rule are usually described as “dark money” organizations.

While it’s unclear whether McCaskill is linked to the dark money group or groups behind the mailers, some find it troublesome that the Missouri senator hasn’t personally condemned the mailers yet.

“Claire McCaskill should be consistent for once in her career and denounce these dark money groups that are sending illegally mailed attack ads to Missourians,” Missouri Republican Party press secretary Christopher Nuelle said in a statement to the Washington Free Beacon. “Otherwise, her continued calls to get dark money out of politics are completely hollow.”

Over the summer she criticized Hawley for supporting Citizens United, falsely implying his support for the 2010 ruling makes him a supporter of dark money.

Except even the far-left news purveyor Vox has admitted that the Citizens United ruling that granted corporations, labor unions and other groups the right to spend money on elections is not “responsible for the rise of so-called dark money in politics.”

The ones truly responsible for the rise of dark money are the politicians who support dark money groups. And it just so happens McCaskill may be one such politician.

McCaskill’s spokeswoman has for her part denied this allegation, saying, “Claire condemns all dark money efforts, including these mailers. Josh Hawley supports anonymous political giving, and Claire will continue to work hard to end it.”

Few on social media appear to believe her:

Vivek Saxena

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