Something people hear of but do we know exactly what it is and how it's used and that would be Dark Money. A new documentary titled, Dark Money will be released this summer investigating just how dark money is used and where it comes from.
Even before this documentary is to be released the IRS has released new rules regarding transparency of major donors. Actually I should say, lack of transparency.
"Under the new rules, 501(c)(3) charities will still have to identify their most generous donors to the IRS, but 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations and 501(c)(6) business associations will not. Critics call these groups, which are sometimes used by secretive political funds dark money."
What exactly is dark money? Simply stated it "...is just money that goes into elections to oppose or to try to defeat certain candidates, where we don't know where the money is coming from." Citizens United is the tool which opened Pandora's Box allowing all this dark money to come into play. It is the vehicle which simply legalized bribery. Having little to no transparency is making it virtually impossible to follow the money and why should that be important when it comes to our elections? Let's clarify one little detail. Dark money is actually known to those who are benefiting from it because those who contribute this dark money to our law makers are going to make sure those law makers know exactly where those contributions are coming from and we know why that is. It is because these dark money contributors are going to demand a payback which means votes on issues which are directly related to those contributors. Keep in mind this just not only influences our law makers on the National level but also on the State level as well.
Instead of creating laws which will allow more transparency we are doing just the opposite and are removing the last of the transparency we still have remaining as we see in the current IRS ruling. If it isn't bad enough that elections are being influenced by unknown money coming from out of State but also from beyond our borders. Now thanks to Citizens United which gave birth to SuperPAC contributors do not have to reveal their bigger contributors and that money can't be given directly to a candidate. What is it that SuperPAC money can do legally is to pay for a candidate's overhead, operating expenses and advertising. Think about it. If that same money were given directly to a candidate wouldn't that candidate spend that money on overhead, expenses and advertising?
Check out the trailer to this documentary. I cannot stress enough the importance of getting this dark money out of our politics. It is doing nothing except to corrupt our law makers who in turn are corrupting our form of government. We are losing our democracy more and more these days and it needs to be stopped.