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When the calendar nears Election Day all over Washington, it can seem like the stream of political advertisements from the TV and radio will never end. The First Amendment largely protects the contents of these advertisements, and while it can be easy to link a particular candidate or campaign to some of the spots broadcast into your home or car, others aren’t so simple.
The candidates both claimed the other was benefitting from campaign contributions that aren’t traceable. The issue has become heated in a race that has attracted outside attention from leadership groups and other nonprofits that view Eastern Washington as a battleground election in the contest for control of the House of Representatives.
These days local, knock-on-the-door, face-to-face politics is being swamped by the most corrosive elements of post-Citizens United moneyball politics: Dark money, gray money, PAC shell games, special interests, and cash rescues by political parties.
City Council President Ben Stuckart will push for the creation of a set of reporting standards for local political campaigns. The new requirements would affect nonprofits operating in the political arena at least part of the time, a phenomenon that has become more pronounced, including in this year’s local elections.
Montana case provides a rare peek into the shadowy world of anonymous political contributions. It’s a glimpse that should be everyday occurrence.
OLYMPIA – A campaign finance reform bill that supporters said would shine light on “dark money” in politics appears dead after a procedural fight between the two caucuses in the Senate Wednesday. The bill would have required certain nonprofit organizations that use some of their dues or other donations for campaigns to list their top 10 donors of more than $10,000 and all donors above $100,000. Much stricter limits are set on donors if the organization forms a political action committee, but don’t apply if it makes a direct contribution to a campaign.
OLYMPIA – A campaign finance reform that supporters said would shine light on “dark money” in politics appears dead after a procedural fight that suggested growing acrimony between the two caucuses in the Senate Wednesday. The Republican leader said the bill still needed study but its prime sponsor said "dark money found a way to kill the bill."
OLYMPIA -- Many non profit organizations that give large sums of money to political campaigns in Washington would have to report their largest donors under a bill that passed the Senate unanimously.
However things go in Olympia this session, no one can say the leaders of the Senate haven’t contributed something to the state. They stood up for secrecy in big-money politics.