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Virgil: If We’re Going to Bring ‘Dark Money’ into the Light, Let’s Expose All Indirect Left-wing Money in Politics

It’s a good thing that political “dark money” is being brought to light. Now let’s bring all political spending into the light, including the indirect spending that dwarfs what the Federal Election Commission tracks. Let’s consider five specific examples of “money in politics” that don’t fall under the purview of the FEC, and thus aren’t measured.

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Donald Trump Calls on Other Candidates to Return Super PACs ‘Dark Money’

GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is calling on fellow presidential candidates to return “dark money” sent to Super PACs. According to a Trump campaign press release, the billionaire sent notices earlier this week “disavowing nine unauthorized Super PAC’s claiming to support him in his bid for the Republican nomination for President of the United States and subsequently demanding the return of all funds raised.”

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New IRS Audit Process: Still Trouble for Conservative ‘Dark Money’

The Internal Revenue Service is trying to recover from allegations of obstruction of justice regarding Lois Lerner’s regarding purported biased recommendations that targeted conservative groups for audit and prevented Tea Parties from gaining not-for-profit status. Now, the IRS just appointed three relatively inexperienced managers to serve as the gatekeepers for reviewing 501(c)4 “dark money pools” and their political activity, according to an agency memo leaked to the OpenSecrets Blog.

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Op-Ed: Ban ‘Dark Money’ in Politics? Might as Well Burn the First Amendment

The government is not allowed to ban peaceful political advocacy or violate your privacy rights just for exercising your First Amendment rights. But some activists and politicians are using the scare term “Dark Money” to shut down anonymous political speech and take away our free-speech rights.