NJ's secret big-money donors will now be named after Phil Murphy backs down

North Jersey Record

Big-spending “dark money” political groups in New Jersey will have to reveal who is funding them after all, lawmakers agreed Monday. "This reporting can help to prevent corruption within government, because they shine light on spending and fundraising that goes to benefit candidates and elected officials," said Austin Graham, legal counsel for the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center. "This increases accountability, to make sure lawmakers are not unduly prioritizing the wants and desires of their campaign supporters over other constituencies." For example, the public has no way of knowing the entities backing a group close to the governor that is helping him push his budget priorities.

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