Experts: Tillis 'wrong' to compare small-dollar donations with 'dark money'


Tillis’ statement "is wrong on a general level because small money donors aren’t really buying influence," said Brendan Fischer, director of the Campaign Legal Center’s federal reform program. No donor who gives $25 or $75 to a candidate is going to get special attention from that candidate. But a "dark money" advertising push worth millions is inevitably going to attract attention, even if the donor’s identity isn’t disclosed.

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