Dark-money has existed in the political realm for years. Americans for Job Security was founded by a Republican political operative and acted as cover-up for wealthy donors. Wealthy donors contributed to Americans for Job Security and had their identities kept secret, while the “organization” donated millions to ensure Republicans across the country were elected.
Neil Reiff, a campaign finance lawyer who represents candidates and nonprofit groups, says he expects CREW’s legal victory over Americans for Job Security to serve as a cautionary tale for other dark-money outfits. “If the courts are moving the goalposts, I think people running outside groups are going to take notice — absolutely,” Reiff says.
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