“We’re going to have an oligarchy here if we don’t get serious about disclosure,” says John Pudner, executive director of the conservative group Take Back Our Republic, which promotes campaign-finance changes, including transparency. Pudner’s group wants to see Congress take up legislation that would codify into law an Internal Revenue Service regulation that in essence requires 501(c)(4) social welfare groups to spend no more than half their money on politics.
“If you are acting like a PAC, you can disclose like a PAC,” says Pudner.
And left-leaning groups that hide their donors have also spent money to oppose Gorsuch. These include the Constitutional Responsibility Project, a group initially set up by former Obama aides to promote his Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, who never got a hearing in the Senate. Notes Pudner: “Both sides are using the same tactics.”
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