Chris Van Hollen Is A Giant Hypocrite
Many Democrats love to talk a big game on campaign finance reform, but ask them to do without a SuperPAC or a 501(c)4 and they suddenly go quiet. Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) has just joined that very prestigious group of hypocritical Democrats, led by President Barack Obama.
In a fundraising email sent by Van Hollen’s Senate campaign last week, he hit his opponent for benefiting from “a shadowy dark money organization that refuses to disclose its donors.” Leaving aside the fact that Van Hollen is wrong, and the group does disclose its donors, the candidate who has benefited the most from a “shadowy dark money organization” is none other than Van Hollen himself.
During Van Hollen’s contentious and hard-fought primary with Congresswoman Donna Edwards, he benefited from nearly $1 million in SuperPAC spending from the National Association of Realtors. Even worse for Van Hollen, the National Association of Realtors’ 501(c)4 has spent nearly $100,000 in dark money in support of his candidacy.
Like the good Democrat Van Hollen is, he never lets the facts get in the way of a good story.