MEC Issues Opinion on Dark Money
We’ll see how this plays out, but in an opinion issued yesterday by the Missouri Ethic Commission appears to puncture the veil of darkness that entities like the governor’s political nonprofit, A New Missouri, have used to hide their donors. See the opinion here.
From the opinion: Because a nonprofit corporation is a “person” under Missouri campaign finance laws, that corporation becomes a committee if it accepts contributions, in excess of $500 in a calendar year or in excess of $250 for a single contributor, for the primary or incidental purpose of influencing or attempting to influence the action of voters for or against the nomination or election to public office of one or more candidates or the qualification, passage or defeat of any ballot… Once a nonprofit becomes a committee is required to register the committee with the commission within 20 days by filing a statement of committee organization… and file reports as required…
My reading is that A New Missouri and other such nonprofits must file campaign finance filings showing where the money they used to attempt to influence voters came from.