The secret giving is made possible by a regulatory loophole at the FEC. The groups, usually organized as 501©(4) social welfare organizations or 501©(6) business associations, don’t register as political committees with the commission. With the loophole, the FEC wants donor disclosure only when a donor earmarks the money for specific ads.
The top four spenders identified by Issue One are the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the mainstream conservative Crossroads GPS, the Koch network’s Americans for Prosperity and the National Rifle Association. Issue One says that collectively, the four groups pumped at least $357 million into elections between 2010 and 2016.
So, a few things here -
If you think money should be taken out of politics, this is a very small step in the right direction.
It’s interesting to see that the NRA is among the 4 largest donors. Many here believe the NRA is not a huge lobbyist. I wonder if members will care that their dues basicly go to elect republicans.
My god, that’s a lot of money. $357M spent to sway voters…yikes.