Politico: Judge’s ruling invalidates FEC regulation allowing anonymous donations to ‘dark money’ groups

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Politico: Judge’s ruling invalidates FEC regulation allowing anonymous donations to ‘dark money’ groups

On Friday, a U.S. District Court judge issued a ruling invalidating a FEC regulation that’s permitted donors to dark money groups to remain anonymous.

The ruling is the result of a suit brought against the FEC after one dark money group spent $6 million in an effort to defeat Sherrod in 2012.

The decision is also an important step forward, because—as Sherrod believes—no one should be left in the dark when it comes to who is influencing our elections.

Politico: Judge’s ruling invalidates FEC regulation allowing anonymous donations to ‘dark money’ groups

Brent D. Griffiths – August 4, 2018

Key points:

  • A U.S. District Court judge on Friday issued a ruling invalidating a Federal Election Commission regulation that has allowed donors to so-called dark-money groups to remain anonymous.

  • The ruling could have major implications for campaign finance.

  • The decision paves the way for new requirements that could force nonprofits to disclose donors who give least $200 toward influencing federal elections.

  • In the post Citizens United era, spending by these groups has ballooned, but they have largely avoided having to report individual donors as a result of the FEC’s belief that their names only need to be disclosed in limited circumstances.

  • Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a watchdog group that brought the suit against the FEC, sued the FEC after Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS, a 501(c) 4 offshoot of the former Bush aide’s Crossroads super PAC, failed to disclose the names of contributors behind its $6 million effort to defeat Sen. Sherrod Brown in his 2012 race.

  • The FEC now has 45 days to issue interim regulations that uphold the broader disclosure standards and 30 days to reconsider its original decision to dismiss a complaint about the Crossroads GPS’ spending in the Ohio race.

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