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December 08, 2015

Poll Finds Strong Support for Disclosure in Political Giving

More than three-quarters of Americans favor requiring groups that work to elect candidates, including nonprofits, to publicly identify their donors, according to a new Associated Press survey.

The poll by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 78 percent of those surveyed, including Democrats and Republicans alike, backed donor disclosure as an effective way to curb the influence of money in politics. Respondents considered groups such as super PACs that by law must name donors somewhat more palatable than nonprofits that engage in politicking but face no such requirement.

Several 2016 presidential candidates are benefiting from outside organizations that don't disclose contributors. The nonprofit Conservative Solutions Project of Sen. Marco Rubio has garnered attention for spending more than $9.5 million to date on television advertisements touting the Florida Republican, about four times what his campaign has spent.