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June 11, 2018

Montana tells contractors to report ‘dark money' spending

Associated Press

HELENA, Mont. — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signed a first-of-its-kind executive order Friday to require many state government contractors to report their political contributions, even those to so-called “dark money” groups that don't have to disclose donors under federal law.

Bullock said the measure is an example of how states can bring transparency to spending by groups classified as social welfare organizations under the federal tax code. Those dark money groups' influence increased dramatically after the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling that allowed unlimited corporate election spending.

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