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Did lawmakers accidentally open the flood gates for political dark money in Wyoming?

December 18, 2017 in News

An attempt to update and reform Wyoming’s campaign finance laws may have accidentally repealed all regulations covering groups that do not normally participate in political campaigns — even if they sometimes do spend large sums to support political causes.

The Equality State Policy Center, a left-leaning advocacy group, wanted the Legislature to update the state’s transparency requirements for all types of political advertising. Currently the campaign finance regulations only govern advertisements that explicitly ask people to vote a certain way on a candidate or ballot measure. Other ads are exempt, even if they directly address a political issue in a way that might influence voters.

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