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October 20, 2014

'Dark Money' Nonprofits Increase Spending on Midterm Campaigns

Nonprofit advocacy groups have poured more than $100-million into campaign spending during the 2014 election cycle, outstripping their efforts in past midterm elections and foreshadowing a greater role in the 2016 presidential race, the Los Angeles Times writes. So-called dark-money organizations, which are not required to disclose donors, are responsible for more than half of all spending by independent groups in the most competitive Senate races, according to the Brennan Center for Justice, a nonpartisan policy institute.

The Times says such groups increasingly concentrate their efforts on a single candidate. The article focuses on the Senate race in Kentucky and spending on behalf of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell by a nonprofit led by former McConnell staffers with ties to the Crossroads GPS network founded by the Republican operative Karl Rove.