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A federal court in Washington has ruled that donors to so-called “dark money” groups may no longer be allowed to remain anonymous in what is being heralded as a win for more transparent campaign finance laws in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.
Chief Judge Beryl Howell, who sits in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, found late Friday that a Federal Election Commission regulation used to mask the identity of some contributors to nonprofit organizations that engage in political activity was invalid.
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“The challenged regulation facilitates such financial ‘routing,’ blatantly undercuts the congressional goal of fully disclosing the sources of money flowing into federal political campaigns, and thereby suppresses the benefits intended to accrue from disclosure … ,” Howell, an Obama appointee, wrote.
Howell’s decision may have implications for people who donate more than $200 to the groups, with the nonprofits potentially being compelled to reveal their identities if they spend more than $250 on efforts to impact federal elections.
A district judge has struck an FEC rule that allowed ‘dark money’ group donors to remain anonymous
US District Court Judge Beryl A. Howell ruled that the FEC regulation fell below the standard that Congress set when it passed laws on disclosing the sources of political donations
— Edward Hardy (@EdwardTHardy) August 5, 2018
— The Hill (@thehill) August 5, 2018
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