Political Campaigns See Flood Of Outside Money, Often From Unknown Donors

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A record amount of outside money is flooding into Senate races across the country. Of course, control of the chamber is up for grabs in next week's election. As NPR's gyms are only reports much of the outside money comes from groups whose donors are mystery. Last March. A day before the filing deadline, Montana Governor Steve Bullock announced he would challenge the Republican Senate incumbents Steve Daines, and so began the epic battle of this Steve's on the airwaves. I think that Danes had his first attack at up in I would say it was less than a week. Lee Banville teaches journalism at the University of Montana, he says many millions of dollars are being spent on the race the population of its largest city. Billings, Khun fit inside a big college football stadium. So all those millions by a lot of TV and Internet ads, whether it's the radio, or, you know, gosh knows if you're watching the nightly news or jeopardy. You just It's political out after political ad do you call a man who doesn't just accept trumps corruption? But votes for it? What do you call a man like this? You call him? Delis. That ad is paid for by the never Trumper Lincoln Project, one of the most prolific spenders this year. Montana writer Dan Brooks wonders if he sledgehammers subtle negative ads turn off voters from the perspective of people that I talked about. It just makes everyone generally angry at politics. I think that like Just seeing it everywhere is alienating. Many of these groups have bland names that obscure who they really are. Ah, bill passed by the House would force them to be more transparent about their funders. It's stuck on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is desk. The idea behind the bill is that voters should know where this outside money is coming from, even if they can't get rid of it altogether. Jim's a roly NPR

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