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More So-Called “Dark Money” Coming in 2016 Elections, FEC Chair Says


FEC Chair Ann Ravel says that the deadlock between the Commission’s Republican and Democratic members will result in more “dark money” in the 2016 election cycle.  This is mainly because Commission members are divided on whether to investigate non-profit organizations whose main purpose may be influencing federal elections and would be required to register and report their activities to the FEC.  The Chair is clearly disappointed the Commission will not be taking a large role in the next election, considering the heightened scrutiny on non-profit organizations and their involvement in electoral activity.  As the article in the Washington Post makes clear, “dark money” does not refer to “Super PACs,” as they are already required to register and report their contributors to the FEC.  You can read the full text of the article here.