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January 15, 2013

CREW’s Melanie Sloan Testifies on Proposed New York Disclosure Rules for Electioneering Non-Profits

Eric SchneidermanWashington, D.C. — Today, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman is holding the first of four scheduled hearings regarding regulations he has proposed that would require “dark money” 501(c)(4) groups that spend at least $10,000 to influence elections to disclose their expenditures as well as the identities of donors who contribute at least $100.  Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) Executive Director Melanie Sloan will be testifying in support of the new regulations, explaining they will help bring much-needed transparency to the secretive world of political advertising.  While initially considered a problem primarily at the federal level, dark money also infiltrated state and judicial races in 2012.

In advance of her testimony, Ms. Sloan released the following statement:

“Undisclosed donors funneling money to dark money groups to influence elections is a rampant problem across all levels of government.  While it may have started out impacting congressional and presidential elections, it has now become a problem in state legislative and judicial races as well.  Americans are rightfully concerned about the role of money in politics and have a compelling interest in knowing who is funding candidates and ballot initiatives so they can make educated choices at the polls.

“Sadly, neither Congress nor the executive branch has shown any inclination to address this issue, making state action all the more critical. CREW applauds New York Attorney General Schneiderman for introducing common-sense regulations that will pull back the curtains on shadowy political groups masquerading as social welfare organizations.”

The hearing will take place Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM at 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, Room 1923, New York, NY 10007. 

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a non-profit legal watchdog group dedicated to holding public officials accountable for their actions. For more information, please visit www.citizensforethics.org or contact Stephen Santulli at 202.408.5565 or ssantulli@citizensforethics.org.

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