Some Takeaways from the November 10, 2021:  Discussion of Dark Money – Next Steps

Please provide your feedback, comments, recommendations, on the form below, whether or not you have attended previous meetings.

Resources Discussed - Please note on the form below any additional resources which you recommend to others.

Google: “When did dark money become common in American politics?” A long read, but very helpful, history of the legal approaches to donations since 1976. 
Use the civics lessons plan about dark money in politics.

Review the websites ( & were helpful. Focus on Kentucky’s races and who have donated in past elections.

Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, share it. Maybe schedule a briefing by someone from their staff about how to access the data systems. Learn about Kentucky's current laws on election finance here. 

Action Items Suggested- On the form below, please include additional action items which we may have discussed but not listed here, or any that you suggest, but weren't discussed previously.

  • Action items focusing on education:

  1. Study the campaign finance information at the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, share it. Schedule a briefing by someone from their staff about how to access the data systems.
  2. Study what PACs are associated with each party, what are they? What issues do the PACs support?

  • Conduct educational campaigns showing the source and amount going to support a certain policy or person would let voters know how and why they are flooded with dark money-bought ads.

  • Compile information on the costs of dark money -- what is being left unfunded because of this?

  • Research the history and amount of money collected by the Democratic and Republican leadership committees together at the federal level.
  •    National Congressional Leadership PACs- Spending in Kentucky

  •    ~  U. S. House Leadership: Democratic  & Republican
  •    ~  U. S. Senate Leadership: Democratic & Republican

  • State Legislative Leadership: PACs

  • Actions involving new legislation:

  1. Require that all political ads include the names of individual and group donors who paid for them that might be a start. Defining “Political” would be the trick. 
  2. Scrutinize local elections, prepare information about how costs of local elections have increased, study other state’s election disclosure laws to see how to strengthen ours.
  3. Emphasize the need for legislation on term limits at the state and national level.

Meet again on Dec. 2, 7 pm.  Register on the form below if you can attend the virtual meeting on Dec. 2; if you cannot attend, please reply with any recommendations which you have for: resources; educational efforts about dark money; state legislation needed to address dark money.