A major Democratic Party fundraising group called ActBlue has come under intense scrutiny from conservative watchdog groups after an analysis by the Take Back Action Fund found that more than half of the donations coming into the liberal organization came from people claiming to be unemployed.
That amounts to millions of donations that cannot be traced or identified, opening up the potential that the money could be flowing from foreign sources in violation of federal election law.
Take Back Action Fund President John Pudner said that the loophole has to be closed for the integrity of the election.
"The name of employers must be disclosed when making political donations, but more than 4.7 million donations came from people who claimed they did not have an employer. Those 4.7 million donations totaled $346 million ActBlue raised and sent to liberal causes."
Though those numbers came from 2019, Pudner said the same trend has continued into 2020. Between January and August, the percentage of ActBlue contributors claiming to be unemployed has jumped to more than 50%. By contrast, ActBlue's counterpart, WinRed, reports just 5.6% of donations coming from unemployed citizens.
While that 2020 number concerns him, Pudner notes that the 2019 totals are far more difficult for ActBlue to explain away.
"It is hard to believe that at a time when the U.S. unemployment rate was less than 4% that unemployed people had $346 million dollars to send to ActBlue for liberal causes," Pudner said, adding that "4.7 million donations from people without a job ... raised serious concerns."
ActBlue permits unverified credit card contributions on its website, allowing individuals from any country to donate without being traceable.