Well, see now the Governor of Montana sued the IRS for allowing contributors of dark money to hide. See, they weren’t public, but the “non-profit” collecting the money had to file with the IRS, and that information gets passed to the states. So if something truly wonky is going on, that information is known and can be prosecuted by either the Fed or the States.
So, they lost that case because the IRS can’t just ignore regulations. So Treasury quietly does away with the regulations after losing the court case. So right now,there are proposed regs to completely obfuscate dark money contributors.
On top of that, there’s the 501(c)(4) shuffle. http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/09/exclusive-largest-dark-money-donor-groups-hide-ties-using-new-trick/
Basically, as a 501(c)(4) they’re allowed up to 49% of their work to be “political” and 51% has to be “educational.” I’m sure you can imagine what type of “political” they spend on (warped issue ads, often).
So what about their 51% educational expenditures? They donate it! To another 501(c)(4). And on, sometimes eventually donating back to the original organization in a loop of dark money that now has absolutely zero oversight. Or all of those that received donations turn around and put their 51% to some target org.
There’s a reason Moscow Mitch isn’t doing anything to secure our elections. Everything else he’s doing is to undermine our democracy.
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