Norman Lear-founded group opens books on donors to 2018 efforts

Bloomberg Government

People for the American Way, a nonprofit group advocating for liberal causes and candidates, spent almost $2.5 million over the last decade trying to influence federal elections but didn’t report any individual donors funding its efforts — until now.

As a result of a recent court ruling, the group founded by television producer Norman Lear has opened its books to reveal the donors underwriting its political messaging in the last election.


Brendan Fischer of the watchdog group Campaign Legal Center analyzed the latest FEC reports from these groups and found only a few have begun to disclose more about their finances. The commission filings “suggest that the CREW decision has resulted in slightly more disclosure from some groups—but the biggest dark money players are still banking on the FEC not enforcing the law” requiring disclosure, Fischer said in an email.

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