What Is Dark Money And How Does It Influence Elections?

The 2016 U.S. presidential campaign is on the path to become the most expensive elections, thanks to dark money. So what is dark money?

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Political Nonprofits (Dark Money) (opensecrets.org)
"Politically active nonprofits - principally 501(c)(4)s and 501(c)(6)s - have become a major force in federal elections over the last three cycles. "

The IRS gives up on fighting 'dark money' (washingtonpost.com)
"ANY HOPE of closing the "dark money" hole in campaign finance this election year has been dashed by an appeals decision from the Internal Revenue Service."

What Is 'Dark Money' and Why Do So Many People Think It's Bad? (nbcnews.com)
"By now, you've probably heard the phrase 'dark money.'"

A Banner Year for 'Dark Money' in Politics (bloombergview.com)
"The 2016 presidential campaign not only will feature more money than any since Watergate, but also more secret money than the days when black satchels of illicit cash were passed around."