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This election cycle, anonymous donors have so far pumped several pro-Biden super PACs with a combined $45 million worth of dark money, which is largely funding television ads, social-media messaging, and opposition research designed to make Trump a one-term president, according to an Insider analysis of Federal Election Commission records.
That’s already about seven times the amount of dark money that pro-Hillary Clinton super PACs took in during the entire 2016 presidential campaign, which ended with Democrats’ stunning loss to Trump.
Howie Hawkins, the Green Party presidential nominee, argued that Sanders’ unsuccessful 2020 campaign offered ample evidence that candidates could run a nationwide campaign while largely rejecting the help of super PACs, dark money, and other aid from outside their own campaign.
“Do I buy that Democrats must use dark money to win? Not at all,” Hawkins told Insider. “Trump is so dirty. He’s so guilty of hiding his money. It’s like the Democrats are saying, ‘We’ve got to be dirty, too.'”