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And now one of Rauner's closest allies, the far right Illinois Policy Institute, is producing a campaign-style "documentary" about Madigan, just like similar dark money groups in D.C. have been churning out nauseatingly for years. It's no surprise this ...
... of the Governor; Bentley himself; Rebekah Caldwell Mason, with whom Bentley is accused of having an affair; RCM Communications, Mason's company; John Mason, her husband; Bentley's gubernatorial campaign and a pro-Bentley dark-money group.

Last month, conservative dark money group One Nation spent about $1 million on airing an ad against the Obama administration's Medicare overhaul across Missouri, including Kansas City, St. Louis and Columbia.
And now one of Rauner's closest allies, the far right Illinois Policy Institute, is producing a campaign-style "documentary" about Madigan, just like similar dark money groups in D.C. have been nauseatingly churning out for years. It's no surprise that ...
These disclosures can provide valuable information about efforts to influence the election, most notably the identity of the persons behind vaguely named "dark money" groups that don't have to disclose to the Federal Election Commission.
Little is known about the group airing the ad, Prosperity for Everyday People, because it and other so-called "dark money" groups operate mostly in secret. Unlike candidates or political parties, these groups may raise or spend millions on elections ...

dark money groups are pouring millions into campaigns without reporting where it came from. And it's all legal! political nonprofits are not required to disclose their donors.
The group reported expenses of a little more than $63,000, mostly for polling, web development and compensation including that of Rebekah Mason, Bentley's former senior aide with whom he admitted to speaking inappropriately.
While the majority in that case insisted it was not tampering with disclosure laws, other legal rulings have produced a flood of cash into so-called dark money groups whose donors are not disclosed publicly. "The board had to recognize that Sunlight's ...
Such nonprofits are sometimes called "dark money" groups because they do not have to disclose donors, but they are required to file public tax returns describing expenditures and activity.
But so-called dark money groups can accept donations without revealing the donors or what their interests might be. "It's the worst of all possible worlds," says Mitchell, a Democrat from Maine who was Senate Majority Leader from 1989 to 1995.
The Wisconsin John Doe investigation was started by a bipartisan group of district attorneys and Judge Barbara Kluka who saw sufficient evidence of probable cause to authorize search warrants of Walker's top aides and a number of dark money groups.
In 2015, we wrote a story about the role military service would play in elections in 2016. Apparently, the answer is: a lot! gun ads were blazing in the U.S.
After Scott Walker met with Donald Trump, Trump donated $15,000 to a Wisconsin dark-money group, according to records obtained by The Guardian.
"How can we assure the American people that all these dark money groups are not spending one penny of foreign money when they are running their ads, and they don't disclose any of their donors?
One of two AFP mailers submitted to the Commissioner of Political Practices as part of a 2016 campaign complaint. prev. next. A first of its kind complaint based on Montana's new political transparency law has been dismissed by the state's campaign ...

Scott Walker signed a bill making it harder to sue lead paint manufacturers around the same time that a lead paint maker donated to a pro-Walker dark money group. Together, they show a pattern that should embarrass each and every Wisconsinite - the ...
Of course, the big question remains: Who gave the governor's dark money group $90,000 dollars in the first place? But if they told us that, it wouldn't be called dark money.
Dunn noted that the Republican-controlled Arizona Legislature voted earlier this year to alter existing laws to allow some "dark money'' groups to hide their donors from public disclosure. "The key is whether that affects the corporation Commission ...
Ravel can name them off the top of her head: What to do about dark money groups that exploit the tax code to conceal their donors?
Carno is an conservative political assassin who mostly works on her own to raise money for her hits on Democrats through IACE Action, a 501(c)4 dark money group. And the minute-long attack on Michael Bennet came with a plea: "Please donate to keep this ...
"The Senate Leadership Fund and the special interests behind it recently came under fire when its sister dark money group One Nation launched false and disgusting ads politicizing the heroin crisis - a move that was widely condemned by substance abuse ...
Disclosed Spending Undisclosed "Dark money" Spending. Such "dark money" groups report only expenditures intended to help elect or defeat particular candidates.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Under federal tax rules, 501(c)(4) organizations are not required to disclose who is giving them money. That means Gov.
Longtime campaign finance advocates have pointed out that there are many other ways for illegal foreign contributions to find their ways into the political system, either through the "dark money" groups that, because of their 501(c)4 status, don't ...
SOFA PAC spent nearly $200,000 in support of Zinke's candidacy in 2014. "This bill is another way to prevent special interests and dark-money groups from having a more direct impact on the laws that Congress passes," Juneau said. "Congressman Zinke's ...
PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Public Service went to court Friday to push back against a subpoena demanding it produce records disclosing any spending in the 2014 corporation Commission election that saw deep involvement by dark money groups. The utility ...
CRP's new project is the latest of several worthy efforts that have sought to unlock this information - crucial as it is to understanding how candidates, super PACs and dark money groups operate in elections. In 2012 ... For example, on Tuesday, a ...
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has very publicly tangled with the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch, whose network of dark money groups has spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to influence races over the last five election ...
In 2014, so-called "dark money" groups poured in another $3.7 million into elections in Colorado, largely in state House and Senate races, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.
CRP's new project is the latest of several worthy efforts that have sought to unlock this information - crucial as it is to understanding how candidates, super PACs and dark money groups operate in elections. In 2012 ... For example, on Tuesday, a ...
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has very publicly tangled with the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch, whose network of dark money groups have spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to influence races over the last five election ...
(Note: This story comes from the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting through a Creative Commons license. AZCIR is a nonprofit investigative newsroom.
Others, from the group End Citizens United, point to more than $5 million in campaign contributions Heck has received from secretive sources through "dark money" groups. Democrats have a 72,000-voter registration advantage among Nevada's 1.3 million ...
Social-welfare nonprofits are often called "dark money" groups because they don't have to disclose their donors. City leaders .... OCPA is listed in its 2014 tax filings as the direct controlling entity for the dark-money group Catalyst Oklahoma. But ...
... media have often pushed misleading information about union membership and fees, attempted to delegitimize the votes of union members, uncritically cited and elevated voices from anti-union dark-money groups without proper disclosure, and claimed ...
People and groups who find super PACs too open about listing their contributors can choose to give to a "dark money" committee organized an Internal Revenue Service "social welfare" organization.
Leading the pack among special interest lobbying groups was Wisconsin Manufacturers & commerce (WMC), the state's largest business organization; the Wisconsin realtors Association; and Americans for Prosperity, a secret, dark money group created and ...
A conservative dark-money group called "American Future Fund" has dumped $1.9 million into a TV ad campaign bashing Democratic U.S.
The pale bars in the chart indicate spending by candidates, the darker bars indicate spending by outside groups, such as super PACs or dark money groups that do not disclose their donors. The Wesleyan Media Project notes that candidates in five Senate ...
While super PACs have poured a record amount of cash into this election cycle, spending by dark money groups and politically active nonprofits overall has slowed compared to its volume in 2012.
"Dark money" groups have spent almost $65,000 to help Rep. Sonny Borrelli, R-Lake Havasu City, defeat former Sen. Ron Gould, R-Lake Havasu City, in the race for their district's Senate seat.
A "dark money" group, legally able to keep its donors secret, One Nation was launched in May 2015. This year it has spent at least $16m on ads in several Senate races.
dark money groups have spent almost $65,000 to help Rep. Sonny Borrelli (R-Lake Havasu City) defeat former Sen. Ron Gould (R-Lake Havasu City) in the race for their district's senate seat.
These types of nonprofits, known as "dark money groups," have spent outrageous amounts in recent elections. It's also unclear how much the group, most similar to Obama's Organizing for Action - another nonprofit set up after a presidential campaign ...
... in politics should know that donor disclosure matters. Even as a 501(c)(4), Our Revolution could set an example for other nonprofits that spend on elections and choose to reveal this crucial information.
"There are a number of super PACs and even 501c dark money groups that are getting involved in this race, because this is a race that the democrats really want to pick up in order to gain control of the Senate, and the Republicans desperately want to ...
Political strategist Karl Rove co-founded the dark money group Crossroads GPS, the most prolific advertiser among independent groups in the 21st century.
"And what we're seeing there, especially in Senate contests, is that dark money groups are buying tens of thousands of ads - and they're doing so without any donor disclosure and, often, without even reporting their spending to the FEC.


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