Dark Money

Dark Money and  Ethical Lapses, the outlandish manipulation of power, and the core values of the Constitution of the United States are all too common in the political structure of the United States. I will be addressing this issue in the next series of posts as it is the greatest existential threat to our democratic republic. Perhaps it will become a wake-up call to the American electorate to clean house.

The American political landscape is increasingly tainted by the pervasive influence of dark money, a phenomenon that shrouds the democratic process in secrecy and erodes the core principles of ethics and accountability. One embodiment of this disturbing trend is found in the career of Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), whose political trajectory is characterized by the skilled exploitation of shadowy financial support to serve his personal ambitions. Unveiling the intricate details of McHenry’s journey, as meticulously researched by Accountability.us, reveals a disconcerting narrative of manipulation, ethical compromises, and a glaring lack of transparency.

The Murky Veil of Dark Money

Dark money, a term synonymous with undisclosed financial contributions channeled into political campaigns and lobbying endeavors, epitomizes the shadowy underbelly of American politics. In Rep. McHenry’s case, his ascension through the ranks was significantly bolstered by dark money contributions, which allowed him to project an image of grassroots support while obscuring the true sources of his funding. Notably, the anti-tax Club for Growth’s infusion of $180,000 into a TV ad campaign during McHenry’s congressional bid exemplifies how politicians can exploit these undisclosed funds to foster an illusion of broad-based backing, all while veiling the identities of those truly backing their ascent.

Exploiting Loopholes

McHenry’s career is marked by a series of calculated maneuvers that call into question the authenticity of his commitment to ethical standards. His swift pivot from state to federal politics, a mere few days before declaring his candidacy, raises suspicions about his genuine dedication to his constituents’ interests. Furthermore, allegations surrounding a real estate venture established without tangible assets underscore the extent to which McHenry has manipulated the system to enhance his political image. These actions not only demonstrate a willingness to exploit legal gray areas but also a disregard for ethical considerations, eroding the very foundation of trust that should underpin the relationship between elected officials and their constituents.

Ethics Takes a Backseat

The convergence of McHenry’s political journey and his ethical compromises becomes increasingly apparent when examining his associations with organizations known for their aggressive tactics. Notably, his involvement with DCI Group, a notorious communications firm specializing in divisive tactics, speaks to a calculated willingness to engage in unscrupulous strategies to advance his own agenda. The creation of NotHillary.com, a platform that propagated personal attacks against politicians, reflects a lack of respect for the principles of civil discourse and ethical campaigning that should be the hallmark of any responsible elected official.

The Manipulation of Power

Perhaps the most concerning aspect of McHenry’s trajectory lies in his adept manipulation of power dynamics for personal gain, often at the expense of his constituents’ welfare. His deep-seated ties to the financial industry, with a staggering $9.4 million in contributions from sectors overseen by the House Financial Services Committee, raise concerns about potential conflicts of interest that could compromise his ability to advocate for the public good. McHenry’s consistent support for legislation weakening financial industry regulations and consumer protections further cements the perception that his allegiances lie with corporate interests rather than those of ordinary citizens.


The narrative of Rep. Patrick McHenry’s political journey serves as a stark illustration of the corrosive impact of dark money, unchecked ambition, and ethical lapses on the democratic fabric of the United States. His calculated reliance on shadowy funding, strategic maneuvering through legal gray areas, and prioritization of personal and corporate interests over the welfare of his constituents collectively undermine the tenets of transparency and accountability that should underscore the actions of elected representatives. McHenry’s case underscores the dire need for comprehensive campaign finance reform and rigorous ethical guidelines that will rejuvenate trust in the democratic process, reaffirming that elected officials are accountable to the people they represent rather than personal advancement or vested interests.

By Politics-as-Usual

Roger is a retired Professor of language and literacy. Over the past 15 years since his retirement, Roger has kept busy with reading, writing, and creating landscape photographs. In this time of National crisis, as Fascist ideas and policies are being introduced to the American people and ignored by the Mainstream Press, he decided to stand up and be counted as a Progressive American with some ideas that should be shared with as many people who care to read and/or participate in discusssions of these issues. He doesn't ask anyone to agree with his point of view, but if entering the conversation he demands civility. No conspiracy theories, no wild accusations, no threats, no disrespect will be tolerated. Roger monitors all comments and email communication. That is the only rule for entering the conversation. One may persuade, argue for a different point of view, or toss out something that has not been discussed so long as the tone remains part of a civil discussion. Only then can we find common ground and meaningful democratic change.

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