Millions poured into Michigan petition drives. Their funding is a mystery.
The trend allows “wealthy special interests” to “hide their influence” and is bad for democracy, said Aaron McKean, legal counsel for state and local campaign finance at Campaign Legal Center, a Washington, D.C.-based watchdog group. “It does leave voters in the dark … but it also drowns out the voices of voters because most voters don’t have half a million dollars to spend on an ad campaign.”
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