The presidential election is less than a year away, and in that short time it is estimated that that close to $10 billion dollars will have been raised. The staggering part about that number is that that total will equal more donations than the last three presidential elections combined. The majority of this money is not being raised by campaigns, but by super PACs. These organizations are usually independent and unregulated, allowing for an unlimited amount of contributions to fill the pool from extremely wealthy donors. That amount of money can make it challenging to not only monitor where the money comes from, but also to track how it is spent. Here is a list of the five times Democrats used shady donation money for their 2016 presidential campaigns.
1. Anything to Win the Race
It appears by the money trail that Hillary Clinton will do just about anything to guarantee her spot in the White House. Hillary Clinton is no stranger to controversy and accusations of dark funding in her campaign, regardless of the consequences. Journalist James O’Keefe reported earlier in 2015 that Clinton staffers were caught on tape instructing volunteers how to properly skirt the law by refusing to register any voter that wasn’t supporting Hillary Clinton. The same reporter went on to say that by posing as an undercover journalist, they were able to witness Clinton campaign volunteers soliciting donations from foreign donors, even though this is not permitted during a presidential campaign. The trouble for Hillary does not stop here. Although larger donations are accepted only through a super PAC, the candidate can attend events as long as they are not directly asking those in attendance for donations. The Clintons have a history of being able to walk the fine line of the law, and by being surrounded by contributors at these large events but not saying the words donation directly, she can pile up the money used for running her political machine.