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The FEC Just Made it Easier For Super PAC Donors to Hide Their Identities

March 07, 2016 | The Washington Post | News
A divided Federal Election Commission cannot agree to investigate whether super PAC donors used corporations to mask their identities in the 2012 campaign, effectively giving a green light to contributors writing checks through limited-liability companies in this year's elections.

Exiled From Koch Orbit, American Future Fund Turns to GOP Establishment For Cash

March 07, 2016 | Center for Responsive Politics | News
New tax filings obtained by OpenSecrets Blog suggest that, of all the still-existing groups that have been exiled from the Koch network, American Future Fund has been the most successful at surviving — mostly, it appears, as a (c)(4)-for-hire, functioning as a conduit for establishment-leaning groups like Crossroads GPS, the granddaddy of politically active nonprofit groups that don’t disclose their donors.

Koch-Linked Group Releases Ad Backing G.O.P. Candidate for Harry Reid’s Seat

March 01, 2016 | New York Times | News

As early as Wednesday, television viewers across Nevada will start to see an ad showing military veterans voicing their support for Representative Joe Heck, the Republican challenger for Mr. Reid’s seat when he retires at the end of his term. The ad is part of a $700,000 broadcast and digital buy from the Concerned Veterans for America, an organization dedicated to overhauling the Veterans Affairs Department from a conservative viewpoint and part of the vast political network affiliated with the conservative billionaires Charles G. and David H. Koch.

How Super PAC Donors Hide Behind Shady LLCs

February 03, 2016 | Sunlight Foundation | News
On Jan. 31, super PACs filed campaign finance disclosures for the first time since June 2015, giving us the first insight into who’s funding these big outside groups in months. We learned that super PACs raised over $500 million in 2015, and that some big donors, like George Soros and Hank Greenberg, are stepping up to pour money into these groups. But it seems not everyone who donated to these super PACs wants the public to know that they did. One of the favored vehicles for these secretive donations is corporations — especially limited liability companies (LLCs).

A Banner Year for ‘Dark Money’ in Politics

January 03, 2016 | Bloomberg View | Editorial
The 2016 presidential campaign not only will feature more money than any since Watergate, but also more secret money than the days when black satchels of illicit cash were passed around.
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