MA Legislative Taskforce Considers Requiring Disclosure from Nonprofits

Gloucester Times: “Government watchdogs want the state to force nonprofits that raise and spend money in political campaigns to disclose the sources of their cash..

“The proposal is one of several being considered by a task force that is reviewing campaign finance laws amid concerns about so-called ‘dark money’ hidden from public view.

“’It’s a significant problem, both at the federal and state level, that organizations whose real purpose is to make electioneering communications do not have to disclose their donors,’ said Pam Wilmot, executive director of Common Cause of Massachusetts and member of the task force created by the Legislature. ‘These expenditures should be disclosed to the public.’

“The nonprofit organizations — many of which are designated as 501 (c)(4) groups — don’t pay state or federal taxes. They collectively have spent more than $8 million in Massachusetts since the 2010 elections on ‘voter education,’ according to the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance.”

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