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LWV Statement on New Tax Loopholes to Protect 'Dark Money' Donors

Washington, DC – In response to a U.S. Treasury Department announcement that it will no longer require certain tax-exempt organizations to identify their financial donors to U.S. tax authorities,  including foreign governments, the League of Women Voters president Chris Carson issued the following statement:

“This decision is just the latest attack on election transparency by this administration. One day after President Trump’s unprecedented meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, this new policy will only make it easier for foreign interests to influence American elections.

“Eliminating disclosure rules clears the way for big money and special interests to hijack our elections. As the midterm elections quickly approach, politicians should be listening to their constituents, not high-dollar donors. Voters have the right to know who or what is trying to influence their vote. Our elections should be free from corruption and the influence of wealthy special interests.

“This policy is incompatible with a democracy that reflects the will of all voters.”

Contact: Sarah Courtney | 202-263-1332 | scourtney@lwv.org