Dark Money Made Up nearly 1/3 of Trackable Spending, Hundreds of Mill More Undisclosed

Washington Post: “Dark money — money spent by independent groups that are not required to disclose their donors — made up 31 percent of all independent group spending in the 2014 midterm elections.

“However, this is only the dark money we are able to track. An estimated hundreds of millions of dollars more spent by nonprofit groups this election was not been publicly disclosed because it was spent by tax-exempt advocacy groups and trade associations that do not have politics as their primary purpose.

“That money, much of which went to so-called “issue ads” and field efforts, did not have to be reported to the Federal Election Commission because the groups did not explicitly call for the election or defeat of a candidate.”


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