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Fading Disclosure

Most Groups Broadcasting Electioneering Communications in 2010 Elections Hide Their Donors’ Identities

September 15, 2010 - Highlighting a stunning reversal in transparency of money in politics over just the last few years, this report documents that more than two-thirds of outside groups spending heavily on electioneering communications in the 2010 elections are not reporting where they got their money.

Only 32 percent of organizations broadcasting electioneering communications in the 2010 primary season revealed in their filings with the Federal Election Commission the donors that funded their advertisements. In contrast, nearly 50 percent revealed their donors in the 2008 election cycle and close to 100 percent did so in the 2004 and 2006 cycles.

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