LATEST SENATOR HEITKAMP
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp joined Senator Jon Tester of Montana in an effort to push back against dark money in politics, signing onto a bill he introduced to make sure the public knows who is funneling money into tax-exempt groups that currently aren’t required to disclose their donors as they try to influence elections through TV and radio ads, direct mail, and more.
The amount of dark money in politics has increased dramatically since 2006—and by 2014, only 29 percent of election spending was transparent, according to a study of spending in six states released last year by the Brennan Center of Justice at New York University School of Law.
Tester and Heitkamp’s bill would guarantee the public knows when donors spend more than $5,000 on tax-exempt groups that engage in electioneering, and would have no impact on non-profits that don’t engage in election activities.
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