Friday, September 17, 2010

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: NPR's Thursday Report On "Secret Money" In This Year's Campaigns

I suspect that Arizona has already started seeing the impact of "secret money", and that we are going to see a lot more of it before Nov. 2.  (see "FACT CHECK: 60Plus Association's Ads Attacking Giffords, Kirkpatrick, Mitchell" and "SUPPLEMENT: Video, Text of 60-Plus' Attack Ads (vs. Mitchell, Kirkpatrick, Giffords)")  We are still actively seeking confirmation of corporations involved in funding these ads.)

Yesterday, NPR's "All Things Considered" broadcast a 3:51 story titled "Campaign Cash Surges From Undisclosed Donors." (you can listen or read transcript)  The chief example cited is a group running anti-Harry Reid in Nevada.  That group is a 501(c)(4) organization, the same as the 60-Plus Association.  And, similarly, neither is saying where they received their swelled election year funds. 

One other interesting note from the NPR report, which I have not yet had the chance to check out in the U.S. Supreme Court's decison on Citizens United: the court's opinion called for transparency, but it is the Federal Election Commission that had previously "drastically undercut" its rules on disclosure.

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