Dark Money Floods in to State Elections, Revealing Cracks in Disclosure Laws


The experience of people in South Carolina who were deluged with ominous, anonymous ads is an example of how state disclosure laws are coming up short of ensuring transparency in election spending, Austin Graham, legal counsel with the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center (CLC), tells Sludge. “Where the action is in state campaign finance reform is with federal groups that don’t meet state requirements of PACs or 501(c)(4)s, so they’re not subject to the same disclosure rules as candidate committees and PACs that are registered with state authorities,” Graham said. 

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