‘Dark Money’ Laws Loosen Regulations On Special Interests | Payson Roundup

The U.S. Supreme Court upended campaign finance reform several years ago with its controversial Citizens United decision, which opened the floodgates to virtually unlimited corporate and special interest campaign spending without even having to disclose the source of the money.

Since then, “dark money” spending by shadowy independent groups has increasingly dominated elections. Arizona Public Service gained notoriety in the last election cycle by spending heavily through a still unacknowledged dark money campaign to help two members of the Arizona Corporation Commission who set utility rates. APS reportedly spent some $3.2 million to influence the race, dwarfing all other spending by the candidates themselves — and a second, “dark money” group funded by solar energy companies that supported the Democrats in the race.

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