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Jul 19, 2018

Weekly Primer: Dark Money Gets Darker

So-called “dark money” groups — which can accept unlimited donations, do not have to publicly disclose their donors and are allowed to spend infinite amounts of money influencing elections — now no longer even have to report their donors privately to the IRS. The same day that decision was announced, a Russian woman was charged with being an unregistered foreign agent for her efforts to infiltrate the NRA, which itself is a dark money, or “social welfare,” 501(c)4. Ben Cassidy, the NRA lobbyist who joined the Interior Department, continues to be a walking ethics violation. And the department’s inspector general has opened a probe into a fishy land deal between a foundation Zinke started and the chairman of Halliburton. The Office of Government ethics formally reprimanded Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for his stock situation. Ross said in response that he would sell all of his equity holdings and put the money in Treasury securities. Sen. John Thune (R-SD) asked the Commerce…

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