The ‘disturbingly common’ use of dark money to win elections in Colorado

From Denverite:  Colorado is seeing an uptick in “dark money” being used to sway elections, according to a new report from the Brennan Center for Justice.

The report published late last month looks at the surge in secret spending in state and local elections before and after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Citizens United in 2010.

The decision essentially enabled nonprofits to spend unlimited amounts on elections.

Nearly $3.3 million of dark money was spent in Colorado during the 2014 midterm election, according to The Brennan Center.

The Center housed in within the New York University School of Law defines “dark money” as election spending by entities that do not publicly disclose their donors. This is the case in Colorado with groups like the pro-gun lobbying group Rocky Mountain Gun Owners.

“Measuring dark money alone understates the extent of the transparency problem,” the report states.

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