Following an announcement Monday by former Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton that she had formed a new political group to reportedly advance liberal causes, a number of media outlets took her to task for allegedly again choosing to engage in what they felt were shady fundraising tactics.
As of Tuesday morning, the website for her group, Onward Together, contained only two pages — one listing its mission, and another allowing interested parties to submit a donation.
Included on the bottom of the donation page was a warning that Onward Together is “a 501(c)(4) organization.”
Even The New York Times, known for its liberal, pro-Clinton stance, noted that such a designation is “often cited [as a cause for] a rise in dark money in politics because of [its] ability to protect donor anonymity.”
The Center for Responsive Politics has confirmed this, reporting that 501(c)(4) organizations “can receive unlimited corporate, individual, or union contributions that they do not have to make public.”
Moreover, Clinton had previously spoken out against such organizations.
“Then there’s this additional category, that is a — they call it a non-profit group, like what’s called 501(c)(4), like the Koch brothers and others, and that’s where the unaccountable, dark money really floods in,” she said in a debate during the most recent presidential election cycle.
Also included on the donation page was a message to viewers urging them to donate so as to “stand up for a fairer, big-hearted, more inclusive America.”
“Chip in today to help Onward Together support the people and organizations championing the vision that earned nearly 66 million votes in the last election,” the page read.
Not present on the page were any explanations for why Clinton had chosen to suddenly begin accepting donations via the very sort of organization she had once decried and linked to the Koch brothers, who both Clinton and other liberal politicians have often slammed as being evil.
According to The Daily Wire commentator Joseph Curl, and based on the former presidential nominee’s own statement, the only reasonable conclusion to draw from Monday’s announcement was that “Hillary is now just like the evil Koch brothers.”
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