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Sunday, December 1, 2013

"Dark Money": A Monetary Means to Plutocracy



Dark money is a slang term for funds used to pay for an election campaign without disclosure before voters go to the polls. Funds can be spent on the behalf of a candidate running in an election, or to influence voting on a ballot question.
The Obama Administration via the Treasury Department has issued political financial contribution guidelines to corral and dam-up the flood gates of "Dark Money" to political campaigns. The Center for Responsive Politics have developed an interactive infographic that illustrates how contributions for anonymous donors works into the 'open-for-business' hoppers of politicians. The depictions appear to focus organizations that appeal to conservative donors. The interactive illustration runs from January 2008 through November 2010.

The Growing Dark Money Churn

This visualization represents the flow of dark money since 2008 as it relates to the top 10 most politicized groups. The information shown includes all of the money the Center for Responsive Politics has discovered flowing to each organization, all grants made by each organization to other politically active nonprofits, and all political spending (as reported to the FEC) by both the organization itself and its recipients, during the period covered by the donor organization's IRS. Graphic by Anna Flagg.

The Growing Dark Money ChurnFrom the good folks at OpenSecrets:This visualization represents the flow of dark money since 2008 as it relates to the top 10 most politicized groups. The information shown includes all of the money the Center for Responsive Politics has discovered flowing to each organization, all grants made by each organization to other politically active nonprofits, and all political spending (as reported to the FEC) by both the organization itself and its recipients, during the period covered by the donor organization’s IRS. Graphic by Anna Flagg.Remember: This is interactive! Go to CRP’s website to enjoy the full experience!


Last night we posted a brief report from Open Secrets (The Center for Responsive Politics) about how the money is building towards the 2014 mid-terms. The graph shows Democrats are leading in overall contributions, and leading handily. Of course, we know the Kochs and Karl Rove will influence the level and depth of contribution on the Right...in due time.

It will be most interesting to view similar interactive graphic from January 2008 through November 2012.

If you clicked the link of the 10 most politicized groups (above), you will find the top ten are clearly conservative organizations.  Or, at least they appear so by name. Thus, the eventual revelation of IRS scrutiny of organizations requesting tax exempt status, could easily lead to the only available identifier investigators could have followed to accomplish approval of denial of tax exempt status.

Conservative contribution (money) solicitation seems best facilitated by organization names that 'sets fire' in the wallets of donors and taps into right-wing nationalism. If you again click on the Top "10 Most Politicized" list above the first 30 names (with one or two exceptions) reads like a Tea Party's Dream with visions "Don't Tread on Me." in each name.

We are certain the proposed guidelines will the meet with extreme opposition from Koch and Rove operatives. Every conservative member of the US Congress, and Democrats in conservative districts, will fight the proposed guidelines as doggedly as they fight jobs legislation and Obamacare. As a matter of fact, many Democrats will oppose the guidelines, but good Democrats will serve the cause and acquiesces e tot he Treasury. 

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