‘Dark Money’ Grows in Politics Even as States Try to Stop It

Just before Rhode Island voters chose their governor last year, a group in Ohio transferred $730,000 from secret donors to another Ohio organization that spent the money on television ads aimed at defeating Gina Raimondo, the Democrat who eventually won a tight race.

More than a year later, it’s still not clear where the money came from or why two Ohio-based groups would want to influence an election 600 miles away. The same groups also funneled anonymously donated cash for major political ad campaigns in Arkansas and Illinois.

Rhode Island’s disclosure laws are tougher than most, but this was a classic case of “dark money” keeping its secrets despite requirements that donors who pay for political ads reveal themselves to the public.

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