Mike Madrid: ‘Dark Money’ in Political Campaigns is About to Get Darker

Over the weekend, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 571, which sets default campaign contribution limits for city and county offices at the same limit for candidates of the Senate and Assembly. The legislation is aimed at limiting the influence of money in politics, but there are serious questions about how those efforts will actually play out.

Writing at Medium.com, Sacramento GOP political consultant and GrassrootsLab Principal Mike Madrid argues that AB 571 will have unintended consequences, including the proliferation of ‘dark money’ in local politics.

“These reforms actually create the very environment they are trying to limit,” he warns. “They are creating a situation where more money that is far more difficult to trace has a greater incentive to get into the game.”

Read the entire article here.


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