Andrew Cuomo: Squeezing cash out of campaigns | Daily News

Campaign FInance Reform in New York?  Gov Cuomo strikes out against coordination between "Independent Expenders" and candidates, but ignores requiring full disclosure of the source of IE campaign cash!

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Republican House primary gets uglier with dark money ads | The Washington Times

Southern Nevada residents will have a hard time escaping the ugliness of the Republican primary in the 3rd Congressional District over the next few days, as commercials slamming “two-faced Michael Roberson” and “Dirty Danny” blanket the airwaves just before Election Day.

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce ensures dark money casts shadow on Nevada | Las Vegas Sun News

The 2016 elections have revealed that Americans are tired of politics as usual. Overwhelming majorities of voters from both parties believe that money has too much influence in our political system and that elections spending by outside groups should be both limited and fully transparent. It is therefore not surprising that anti-establishment candidates such as Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Donald Trump, who during the primaries have shunned support from super PACs and other deep-pocketed outside groups, have experienced so much success on the campaign trail.

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Political Money Bill Gives Democrats Campaign Talking Points | Roll Call

Campaign FInance Reform could become an issue in this year's Presidential campaigns; or so the sponsors of a new federal legislation proposal hope: http://snip.ly/y4g1g

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Full Disclosure of Campaign Spending – An Antidote to Super PACs and Dark Money? | Davis Vanguard

California progresses toward full disclosure of all contributions that influence elections: http://snip.ly/tr5db

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They let the thieves in | Payson Roundup

Payson Roundup speaks out against the corruption of dark money in politics:
"The thieves have stuffed the heirlooms of democracy into a gunny sack. They’ll pawn everything we hold dear for a handful of silver. We mustn’t let them get away with it."

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‘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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Another day, another Michele Reagan screw-up | AZ Central

Yet another round of errors are coming to light in Secretary of State Michele Reagan’s office.

First, there was her failure to adequately oversee Arizona’s presidential primary – the first since the 2013 elimination of the Voting Rights Act provision requiring federal oversight of Arizona’s elections. Reagan acknowledged that she knew Maricopa County had only 60 polling places but never used her bully pulpit to sound an alarm.

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Campaign Finance Reformer Tom Udall Seeks Republican Allies | BillMoyers

Why Campaign FInance Reform is Stuck in Washington:  the lonely fight by Sen Tom Udall of New Mexico

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Fueled by unions and secret donors, liberal vets group spends millions boosting Democrats | OpenSecrets Blog

Vote Vets Action Fund — which last week attacked the presumptive GOP nominee, Donald Trump, as a “cheap fraud” — is currently the highest spending liberal nonprofit active in federal elections, a perch it is accustomed to holding. Fueled largely by social welfare organizations aligned with Democrats and millions of dollars given by unions, VoteVets — with just two employees and no volunteers — has spent more on elections since its founding in 2006 than the combined spending of much more prominent politically active groups on the left, like NARAL Pro-Choice America and the Sierra Club, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

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