Event Recaps

Event: Dark Money 2020

  • William Gray

The 2018 midterms are wrapping up, and political players have already begun gearing up for the 2020 presidential election. President Trump has already raised $100 million in preparation. 

But there are still dozens of questions about the top dark money groups in 2018 — groups who will continue to be active in elections to come. In 2020, dark money spending since Citizens United is expected to exceed $1 billion, with most of it attacking candidates from the shadows.

On November 14, top researchers, policy experts and legal minds from Issue One, the Center for Responsive Politics and the Campaign Legal Center convened two panels about how to track dark money, which dark money groups to pay attention to, and how the FEC, IRS and Congress could and should address the issue of dark money.



Michael Beckel, Issue One, Manager of Research, Investigations and Policy Analysis
Bio: Michael’s latest project, “Dark Money Illuminated” revealed that 75% of dark money spending since Citizens United came from just 15 dark money groups. Before joining Issue One in March 2017, Michael spent roughly a decade as an award-winning journalist following the money in politics, including stints at the Center for Public Integrity and Center for Responsive Politics.

Anna Massoglia, The Center for Responsive Politics, Nonprofits and FARA Researcher
Bio: Anna researches foreign influence and dark money in politics for the Center for Responsive Politics, working on the OpenSecrets’ Foreign Lobby Watch project, dark money database and FCC political advertising database. Anna holds a J.D. from the University of the District of Columbia and worked previously at Bloomberg BNA.

PANEL 2: 11:15am ET – 12pm ET
TITLE: Solving the dark money problem

Tyler Cole, Issue One, Legislative Director and Counsel
Bio: Tyler leads Issue One’s legislative reform efforts. He has had experience with money in politics for nearly a decade, and from both the inside and the outside, first as a campaign fundraiser and later as a reform advocate. Tyler has J.D. from the George Washington University Law School, where he served an Assistant Director of the GW Political Law Studies Initiative.

Sheila Krumholz, The Center for Responsive Politics, Executive Director
Bio: Sheila is the Center for Responsive Politics’ chief administrator, the liaison to its board and major funders and its primary spokesperson. Sheila became executive director in 2006, having spent eight years as the Center’s research director, supervising data analysis for OpenSecrets.org and CRP’s clients. She first joined the organization in 1989 as assistant editor of the very first edition of Open Secrets, the Center’s flagship publication. In 2010, Fast Company magazine named Sheila to its “Most Influential Women in Technology” list.

Adav Noti, Campaign Legal Center, Senior Director, Trial Litigation & Chief of Staff
Bio: Prior to joining CLC, Adav served for more than ten years in several capacities within the Office of General Counsel of the Federal Election Commission. From 2013 to 2017, as Associate General Counsel for Policy, Adav oversaw all legal recommendations regarding the FEC’s regulations and advisory opinions. From 2007 to 2012, as Acting Assistant General Counsel and an attorney in the FEC’s Litigation Division, he litigated dozens of constitutional cases in district courts, courts of appeals and the United States Supreme Court, including the landmark cases of Citizens United v. FEC and McCutcheon v. FEC.

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