This year, powerful dark-money political groups have spent tens of millions of dollars in battleground states hammering President Obama on jobs, taxes, health care, gas prices, and more. Reformers rail against these shadowy nonprofits—including Crossroads GPS, cofounded by GOP guru Karl Rove, and the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity—for hiding their donors' identities. But what's gone largely unnoticed is how these outfits have danced around federal election law to obscure their ad spending from public view.
Michigan is one battleground state where this dark-money dynamic is playing out. According to broadcast records analyzed by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, conservative nonprofit groups dropped nearly $6 million on TV ads dinging Obama between January 1 and June 30. However, as MCFN's Rich Robinson points out, these nonprofits crafted their ad blitzes so that they avoided disclosing basic details about their on-air attack campaigns—like how much they spent, when and
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