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Loopholes in political spending laws keep voters in the dark
Loopholes in political spending laws keep voters in the dark

With the 2016 election cycle gearing up, special interests are eyeing ways to advance the candidates of their choice without leaving any fingerprints. Their preferred vehicle is "dark money" donated to organizations — including so-called social welfare groups — that are allowed under the law to conceal the names of their contributors. When the Supreme Court ruled in the Citizens United decision that corporations have a 1st Amendment right to spend money to support or oppose candidates, it balanced that finding with an insistence on the importance of disclosure. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote that transparency about the sources of political spending "enables the...

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