The notion of dark money was first introduced in a 2010 report from the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit group that calls for greater transparency in government. Originally, the term referred to funds of undisclosed origin being used to influence elections.
We couldn’t resist posting this quote from National Review, which cites our coinage of the term “dark money” — a term that references, as NR points out, the anonymous political spending that floods our elections each cycle.
Sadly, the article also goes on to defend the right of anonymous financial influence in politics and the various tactics both the left and the right utilize to keep undisclosed flowing into the system. To which we would say: Mmmm… no.
From our sister tumblr, Political Party Time:
From the Sunlight Foundation blog:
Although President Barack Obama’s administration touts its support of an open and transparent government, there’s been a glaring exception: opening up political fundraisers to the pool of White House reporters who trail the president. So far, in 2014, President Obama has headlined 41 political fundraisers, according to data from Party Time. Of those parties, the press has been shut out of almost half – 19, to be exact.
Politicians know immediately when big donations come in. Shouldn’t you?
With Citizens United and McCutcheon, there’s more money in politics than ever. We think it’s time to give voters better tools to track it.
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Join our fight to give power back to the voters - It’s time to tell Congress: #showusthemoney in real time!
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via Sunlight’s blog.