As corporate-backed Democrats threaten to block the party's reconciliation bill, their talking points draw on support from deficit scold allies among party leaders and well-funded ideological groups.
Both chambers of Congress are planning to vote on the For the People Act, which would force dark money groups to reveal their donors.
Scaremongering advertisements in state court races were paid for by shadowy groups whose true funding sources weren’t available to voters.
A Republican-linked nonprofit was the top donor to House Republicans' super PAC, which spent big in a number of swing races that saw the GOP retake seats lost to Democrats in 2018.
The donors include the super PAC arm of Charles Koch's main political nonprofit and the Republican State Leadership Committee.
Finance executives, industrial magnates, and right-wing megadonors have readied the groups spending tens of millions of dollars on ads to confirm Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, who often rules in line with corporate interests.
The super PACs affiliated with the Democratic leaders have raised particularly large sums this cycle from organizations that don't disclose their donors.
Last week, the FBI arrested Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four associates in a bribery investigation over a law that sends $1 billion from ratepayers to bail out two nuclear power plants.
Political spending in state elections by LLC's and nonprofit groups has surged in the decade since Citizens United, but some states are leading the way in strengthening disclosure laws around who’s buying and funding campaign ads.
Elizabeth Warren lumped Sanders in with fellow contenders who are getting millions of dollars worth of help from outside groups funded by corporate executives.