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Report Finds Surge in Dark Money at State and Local Level

HeadlineJun 28, 2016

A new report has found a surge in the use of dark money donations at the state and local levels. The Brennan Center finds secret spending at the local level increased in recent years, in part because of so-called gray money from organizations funneling money through other groups in order to conceal where it’s coming from. Examples of local spending on races include “Mining companies secretly targeting a legislator who opposed permits. Food companies battling a ballot measure to add labeling requirements. Payday lenders supporting an attorney general who promised to shield them from regulation.” Because of the lower cost of state and local elections, such donations can have an even bigger impact.

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