Read time: 1 minute

The Dark Politics Of Dark Money

A defanged IRS means never having to say you’re accountable
The Dark Politics Of Dark Money
Image from: Edel Rodriguez

If you're interested in dark money, how it will influence 2016, and what forces converged to promise that 2016 will be an unprecedented election with unprecedented Billionaire Bucks™, I'd like to invite you to read my article over at the Washington Spectator. Voter suppression, undisclosed donors, and IRS intimidation are all part of the 2016 Republican strategy.

Here's the intro:

In the United States, money spent on candidates, politics, or public policy is protected speech under the First Amendment. What happens when protected speech is wrapped in a cloak of secrecy?

How to reconcile Citizens United, which gave corporations the same rights as individuals with regard to political speech while shielding them for any accountability for that speech?

This is the story of how one government agency struggled with these questions and how it was defanged before it could implement rules to force nonprofit organizations who are spending on political campaigns to disclose donors.

It is also a story about the unbridled freedom given to political nonprofits in the absence of campaign-finance laws or Internal Revenue Service rules regulating disclosure.

Read the rest.

And thanks for your support. I'll just take a moment and point of personal privilege here and recommend you subscribe to the publication, too. Everything I've read there has been first-rate if I do say so myself.

Can you help us out?

For 17 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit, but now Facebook is drowning us in an ocean of right wing lies. Please give a one-time or recurring donation, or buy a year's subscription for an ad-free experience. Thank you.

More C&L Coverage


New Commenting System

Our comments are now powered by Insticator. In order to comment you will need to create an Insticator account. The process is quick and simple. Please note that the ability to comment with a C&L site account is no longer available.

We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service (revised 3/17/2016) for information on our posting policy.

Please Do Not Use the Login Link at the Top of the Site.

In order to comment you must use an Insticator account. To register an account, enter your comment and click the post button. A dialog will then appear allowing you create your account.

We will be retiring our Crooks and Liars user account system in January, 2021.

Thank you.
C&L Team