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Jan 16, 2015

“Dark Money” Rules Threaten Grassroots

You can find the truth about “dark money” just outside Denver, in the unincorporated neighborhood of Parker North, Colorado, home to a records management consultant named Karen Sampson… When officials from nearby Parker, Colorado, tried to annex her neighborhood in 2006, she got together with a half-dozen neighbors to oppose it, mainly because they didn’t...

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You can find the truth about “dark money” just outside Denver, in the unincorporated neighborhood of Parker North, Colorado, home to a records management consultant named Karen Sampson…

When officials from nearby Parker, Colorado, tried to annex her neighborhood in 2006, she got together with a half-dozen neighbors to oppose it, mainly because they didn’t want a tax increase.  They put out yard signs, went door to door, and wrote letters to the editor.  They spent less than $1,000 in all.

It was the sort of informal grassroots effort you see whenever government threatens something people care about.

When a political opponent sued Sampson’s group, it was their very informality that got them into trouble.  Colorado campaign finance law required them to register as an official political committee…and report to the government every two weeks.  … It’s the sort of political expression threatened by new state regulations billed as the antidote to “dark money,” the voguish and vague term for political activity conducted outside of state control.

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