New Laws Preventing Dark Money Disclosure Are Sweeping the Nation - 2021-06-15

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F0.png New Laws Preventing Dark Money Disclosure Are Sweeping the Nation June 15, 2021, Donald Shaw, Sludge

As legislative sessions wind down in many states, political groups that don't want to disclose their funders have a lot to celebrate.

In four states, laws were adopted this year that bar government agencies from requiring nonprofit organizations to report their donors, essentially codifying the campaign finance loopholes that have allowed for an explosion of "dark money" in politics.

The laws' supporters claim they are needed to prevent governments from violating the privacy of charitable donors, but each of the bills are worded so that they would also apply to other types of 501(c) nonprofits that, unlike 501(c)(3) charities, are allowed to spend money on politics. Money from nonprofits such as labor unions, trade associations, and social welfare groups is increasingly being spent on politics in many states.

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