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Issue One Offers Tips for Following Dark Money and Spending by Super PACs in Elections

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Cory Combs

Director of Media Relations

Looking for tips to follow the money in elections from super PACs and dark money groups?

In a new hour-long webinar, Issue One Research Director Michael Beckel shares resources for tracking big-money political players and uncovering donors to secretive dark money groups.

As you know, candidates aren’t the only ones spending money in elections. In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in 2010, there has been a surge of spending by super PACs (which are legally required to disclose their donors) and dark money groups (which generally keep the public in the dark about their funding sources).

Both super PACs and dark money groups can accept contributions of unlimited size from wealthy Americans, labor unions, corporations, and certain types of nonprofits, including 501(c)(6) trade associations and 501(c)(4) “social welfare” nonprofits, allowing these donors to exert an outsized influence on politics.

In this webinar, Beckel outlines several invaluable resources for monitoring super PACs and dark money groups, including:

The business records, labor union records, nonprofit records, and other filings discussed in this presentation can be helpful for investigations into political money — as well as other stories.

Watch the hour-long webinar here.

See Beckel’s slide deck for this presentation here.

See our tipsheet about uncovering donors to secretive dark money groups here.

As you’ll see, many of the slides in this deck are hyperlinked to the resources that are featured.

If you have specific questions about any of these tools/records, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!