38 states looking at ‘dark money’

A renewed effort to give Arkansas information about so-called dark-money groups would be part of a national movement to seek disclosure about those who attempt to influence the outcomes of elections, according to the backer of the proposal and others.

A recent poll of the National Conference of State Legislatures found that 38 states are considering new disclosure laws that would require groups such as the Judicial Crisis Network to share more information about their funding and involvement in state elections.

“This kind of spending in elections has exploded over the past five years … and this area of law is evolving,” Rep. Clarke Tucker, D-Little Rock, said in a telephone interview Thursday evening. “If states want honesty, integrity and transparency in government, they need to keep pace with this area of the law." Continue…