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By Erica C. Barnett November 1, 2010

One of the biggest campaign stories of the year has been the lack of disclosure when it comes to who's paying for all these campaign TV commercials.

As a result of the U.S. Supreme Court's controversial Citizens United ruling in January, corporations and unions can now spend unlimited amounts of money on electioneering ads that advocate for or against candidates. That money has flowed to 501 c (4)s, nonprofits that don't have to disclose their donors.

These groups, with sweet names like Americans for Prosperity, have spent an estimated $168 million on ads ($6.8 million on the Rossi/Murray race—with $6.6 million going to Rossi) without disclosing where the cash is coming from.

Unless these non-profits are suddenly booming in the great recession, it's a sure bet the money is coming from the newly liberated bank accounts of big corporations and unions.

Josh has been covering the story on both the national and local level, and he was on KUOW's Weekday this morning with NYT reporter Michael Luo, who's been following the story nationally, and David Levinthal from the non-partisan campaign finance watchdog group

Listen here.
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