Shadow party” groups, outside spenders with close ties to the Senate leadership of each party, including Sens. Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, have already spent $47 million in 2016’s closest U.S. Senate races.
Elections that were once citizen-driven are now flooded with unprecedented millions from secret sources. Compared to the federal level, these funders are subject to less scrutiny and have far more ability to shape results.
The 2016 race is increasingly being run through "shadow campaigns," outside groups with reported ties to the candidates they support. This activity is more brazen than ever and big donors are rewarding those groups that have close ties.
After the governor and legislature failed to pass the most needed ethics reforms this spring, the Board of Elections must close a corporate loophole that allows wealthy donors to bypass campaign limits and donate millions in state elections.