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Democrats decried dark money, then won with it in 2020 elections

The left warned of the threat of corruption posed by corporations and billionaires spending unlimited sums through loosely regulated nonprofits

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The analysis shows that 15 of the most politically active non-profit organisations that generally align with the Democratic Party spent more than $1.5 billion in 2020

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For much of the last decade, Democrats complained — with a mix of indignation, frustration and envy — that Republicans and their allies were spending hundreds of millions of difficult-to-trace dollars to influence politics.

The left warned of the threat of corruption posed by corporations and billionaires spending unlimited sums through loosely regulated nonprofits, which did not disclose their donors’ identities.

Then came the 2020 election.

Spurred by opposition to then-President Donald Trump, donors and operatives allied with the Democratic Party embraced dark money with fresh zeal, pulling even with and, by some measures, surpassing Republicans in 2020 spending, according to a New

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First Published: Jan 30 2022 | 10:53 PM IST

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