Democratic candidate seeks to ban 'dark money' in political campaigns

Southeast Missourian

Nationwide, more than 100 outside groups spent more than $50 million on “independent expenditure” ads during the closing months of the midterm elections last year. But only about 8 percent of them revealed information about the donors behind the ads, according to the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center. A federal judge last year ruled donors who give for political purposes and independent expenditure campaigns should be disclosed, according to The Associated Press. But the task of clarifying how to apply the court decision fell to the Federal Election Commission, which issued vague guidance that has allowed outside groups to skirt disclosure, a Campaign Legal Center attorney told The Associated Press.

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