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The Conservative Playbook for Keeping ‘Dark Money’ Dark

The Conservative Playbook for Keeping ‘Dark Money’ Dark
How do you stop states and cities from forcing more disclosure of so-called dark money in politics? Get the debate to focus on an “average Joe,” not a wealthy person. Find examples of “inconsequential donation amounts.” Point out that naming donors would be a threat to “innocents,” including their children, families and co-workers. And never call it dark money. “Private giving” sounds better.
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Mo’ (Dark) Money, Mo’ (Dark) Money, Mo’ (Dark) Money!

Mo’ (Dark) Money, Mo’ (Dark) Money, Mo’ (Dark) Money!
The embarrassing release of sensitive documents from the Republican Governors Association chronicles the ridiculous amounts of money they've been receiving from corporate benefactors since Citizens United allowed unlimited rivers of money to flow into American politics.
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FCC Quickly Responds to Political Ad Disclosure Petition, Could Open Data by 2016 Elections

FCC Quickly Responds to Political Ad Disclosure Petition, Could Open Data by 2016 Elections
Nearly by definition, bureaucracy operates at a snail's pace. From red tape to hurdles, the English language is filled with idioms and cliches to describe the agonizing effort it takes to see actual change at a bureaucratic level. And yet, the FCC recently responded to a petition for transparency and disclosure in political ads on television and the radio in one week. The best part? It wasn't a slam of the door, but a genuine first step in getting the data of political advertisements online and open to the public.
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Brandon Perkins
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Outside Groups Buy 20 Days Worth of Non-Stop Ads in Colorado Elections

Outside Groups Buy 20 Days Worth of Non-Stop Ads in Colorado Elections
Thanks to the Supreme Court, we have stripped away all the pretenses about money and politics. Money is speech. Speech is money. PACs have evolved (devolved?) into Super PACs and Super PAC dark money has become the black hole of politics. And, whether or not you think this is what the Constitution requires, is there anyone out there who really thinks we’re better off for it?
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Republican Candidate for CT Gov Conveniently Stops Talking About Ethics Once People Look Into His Fundraising

Republican Candidate for CT Gov Conveniently Stops Talking About Ethics Once People Look Into His Fundraising
Not that long ago, it looked as if former ambassador and Bush/Cheney BFF Tom Foley was going to make ethics reform a central feature of his "sequel" campaign for governor of Connecticut. He introduced (failed) legislation, released an onslaught of ads saying as much, and presented his case to the media. Of course, that was before all the allegations of his unethical campaigning started to pour out.
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Republican Groups Refuse to Follow Even the Inadequate Campaign Finance Laws on the Books

Republican Groups Refuse to Follow Even the Inadequate Campaign Finance Laws on the Books
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan filed a suit last week alleging that the Federal Elections Commission violated campaign finance law by failing to require two groups — the American Action Network (AAN) and Americans for Job Security (AJS) — to register as political action committees which would require they disclose their election spending.
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Citizens United Must Be High: 'Non-Profit' Claims Its CO Ads Are Journalism, So No Need to Disclose Donors

Citizens United Must Be High: 'Non-Profit' Claims Its CO Ads Are Journalism, So No Need to Disclose Donors
Citizens United, the conservative "non-profit" which won a landmark Supreme Court decision allowing for unlimited dark money in politics, wants to spend big on political attack ads in Colorado without disclosing any donors.
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Rules Change for Dark Money Groups Won't Kick In Til After Election, IRS Says

Rules Change for Dark Money Groups Won't Kick In Til After Election, IRS Says
There was some small hope that the IRS would effect some common sense rules changes prior to this year's elections, but those hopes have been dashed. Dark money groups will continue their unfettered spending after the IRS announced a delay in a reporting change for 'social welfare' nonprofits.
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How to Defeat Dark Money, Congress and the Supreme Court (It'll Take More Than Cat Memes)

How to Defeat Dark Money, Congress and the Supreme Court (It'll Take More Than Cat Memes)
It wasn’t too long ago that “transparency” and “disclosure” in political fundraising were rallying cries from Republicans. But four years after the Supreme Court majority in Citizens United v. FEC promised unlimited political fundraising posed no risks of corruption as long as the donors are disclosed, the 2014 election is shaping up to have the most undisclosed money ever. And with Congress tied in knots on nearly every policy issue, we shouldn’t hold our breath for a legislative fix to shine a light on this “dark money.”
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Martin Evans
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Capt Obvious Reports: 1% Increasingly Impacting Elections, Undercutting Political Parties

Capt Obvious Reports: 1% Increasingly Impacting Elections, Undercutting Political Parties
Millionaires and billionaires are increasing their influence in federal elections, leaving political parties to play more limited roles, and raising questions about who sets the agenda in campaigns. In a handful of key Senate races, the biggest and loudest players so far are well-funded groups that don't answer to any candidate or political party. That can make it hard for voters to know who is responsible for hard-hitting TV ads and other "messaging."
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Charles Babington
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