How utilities use secret campaigns against climate action

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"FirstEnergy did not want the public to know they were spending this money and they were behind these communications," said Brendan Fischer, director of the federal reform program at the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan watchdog that seeks to limit the influence of money in politics. "Time and again, when we get a glimpse behind the curtain, we find these dark money donors are getting something significant in return," he added. "Voters can't hold elected officials accountable for taking action to benefit these secret donors, because the public doesn't know the ID of the donors at all."

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