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Bell Ringer: What is Dark Money?

What is Dark Money?

Issue One’s Michael Beckel talked about the findings of the group’s year-long investigation into dark money spending. He defined the term and explained the relationship between dark money and the Citizens United decision.

Description

Issue One’s Michael Beckel talked about the findings of the group’s year-long investigation into dark money spending. In the first clip, he defined the term and explained the relationship between dark money and the Citizens United decision. In the second clip, he discussed how the vagueness of the organization's names influence voters.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What is meant by dark money?
  • How did Citizens United v. FEC impact the rules involving dark money and disclosing donors?
  • How is dark money used in campaigns?
  • From the second clip, describe the naming of these dark money groups. How can the naming of these groups influence viewers and voters?
  • AP Gov Questions to Consider: How does dark money relate to the idea of free speech? Compare the rulings in the Citizens United v. FEC and Buckley v. Valeo in terms of money in politics.

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • 501c4
    • 501c6
    • Attack Ads
    • Campaign Finance
    • Candidate
    • Citizens United V. Fec
    • Disclosure
    • Donors
    • Internal Revenue Services
    • Political Action Committee
    • Special Interest Groups
    • Tax Code
    • Transparency

    Topics

    AP U.S. Government Key TermsCampaigns & ElectionsInterest Groups & Lobbying

    Grades

    High SchoolUniversity