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Unprecedented amount of 'dark money' fuels midterm races
Unprecedented amount of 'dark money' fuels midterm races

In Kentucky's U.S. Senate race, crowded with attack ads from both sides, one group has spent millions praising Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as a friend of the state's coal industry and flaying his Democratic challenger for cashing checks from "anti-coal" environmentalists. Whether the coal industry is helping to pay for those ads remains a mystery. They come from the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, a nonprofit advocacy group that does not report its donors. The group has spent $14 million, a spokesman said, making it one of the larger players nationwide in this year's free-for-all of outside spending in the midterm election. All of the group's...

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