“It’s clear that no other conservative or liberal dark money network matched, in combined size and complexity, the constellation of Koch-linked groups that churned hundreds of millions of dollars into elections around the country last year,” OpenSecrets.org reported. “Dark money” refers to funds given to groups to influence elections in which the donors aren’t disclosed. In 2012, $301 million poured into this system. The Center for Responsive Politics estimates that $86 million of the total – or about 28 percent – came from grants from Koch-linked groups (though that doesn’t mean all the money came from the Koch brothers). Often, dark money is funneled from group to group in an attempt to further mask its origins.
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