$1 billion. That’s what dark money groups are on target to spend in this election.
They want to trick ordinary citizens out of exercising their voting rights and change election outcomes to favor their bottom line. One county official in Virginia said of AFP, It’s outrageous what they do. Most of their information is wrong. They know it’s wrong, and they don’t care.
It’s an astonishing sum, made more so because the shadowy groups spending all that money aren’t required to disclose where any of it came from.
Common Cause is fighting the influence of big money in elections, and working to make sure voting remains accessible and convenient for every eligible voter. But with the midterm election just three weeks away, we need your contribution of today to combat the influence of wealthy, secretive donors seeking to rig the game in their favor. The billionaire Koch brothers are behind a vast network of the biggest-spending groups. By Labor Day, Koch-backed groups had financed a mind-blowing 44,000 ads. And since most campaign spending takes place after Labor Day, that’s just a fraction of the final tally. In addition to flooding the airwaves, Koch-backed groups are engaging in a sinister campaign to block our votes. Americans for Prosperity (AFP), their flagship group, is under investigation in North Carolina for sending misleading mailers with false information designed to confuse and discourage voters from participating in this year’s election.
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