‘Dark money’ in politics skyrocketed in the wake of Citizens United

(David S. Holloway/Getty Images) This story is part of a series related to the 10-year anniversary of Citizens United v.

The Unholy Trinity of Illegal Campaign Coordination

Reading Time: 4 minutes Ever since the Supreme Court reopened the floodgates for unlimited political contributions in its controversial Citizens

Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst denounced ‘dark money’ as her campaign privately embraced it

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) Around the same time that Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)

Millions of political ad dollars fuel Trump impeachment fight

(Stephanie Keith/Getty Images) Political candidates and groups shelled out millions on impeachment-related TV ads before the House impeached President Donald

OpenSecrets’ look back at money and politics in 2019

Our biggest money-in-politics story for 2019 was actually 2020, which promises to be the most expensive election year ever.  With

Environmental groups saw revenue spike, spent heavily amid EPA rollbacks

(Samuel Corum/Getty Images) Amid rising concerns about climate change and extensive rollbacks of environmental regulations under President Donald Trump’s administration,

Ukrainian foreign influence operation bankrolled by secret donors in coordinated effort

Yulia Tymoshenko talks to media on consideration of demands of protesters, Kyiv, Ukraine Oct.19, 2017. (Photo by Sergii Kharchenko/NurPhoto via

‘Dark money’ groups drove support for IRS rule eliminating donor disclosure

(ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images) A proposed Trump administration rule to exempt some “dark money” groups from disclosing their donors

Koch network makes first jump into 2020 races, defending GOP senators

CEO and Chairman of Stand Together Brian Hooks with Charles Koch (Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for Stand Together) The Charles Koch-backed

Karl Rove-linked ‘dark money’ group raised, spent big ahead of 2018 midterms

Screencap from a video posted in One Nation’s Youtube feed. One Nation, a “dark money” group that primarily backs Senate

Liberal ‘dark money’ operation behind ads urging Republicans to support impeachment

Screencap from a video posted in Defend American Democracy’s Youtube feed. A veterans group urging Republican lawmakers to “put country

Clinton Foundation cash flow continues to drop years after 2016 election loss

(Matthew Horwood/Getty Images) Cash flow to the Clinton Foundation continues to plummet, leaving the organization in the red for a

Big Pharma bankrolled conservative groups that pushed industry message to Trump, tax returns show

(NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images) The pharmaceutical industry’s largest trade association gave millions of dollars in grants to a number

GOP heavy hitters, Trump cabinet members revealed as donors to anti-Obama ‘dark money’ group

(Alfred Gescheidt/Getty Images) Former “dark money” giant Americans for Job Security has walked out from the shadows, disclosing its donors