Robert Maguire is the political nonprofit investigator at the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that tracks money in politics. He started the Center’s political nonprofit tracking project, which has uncovered more than $760 million going to politically active nonprofit organizations since 2008.

Secret Donors

The 2012 election shattered records for dark money—and those records are already falling. How voters are losing out in the flood of cash from groups that don’t disclose their donors.


‘Dark money’ nonprofits are pouring cash into the midterm elections. But it’s become nearly impossible to follow the money—though it appears to be making consultants rich.

When it comes to dark money groups, what really separates Crossroads GPS from its liberal counterparts is tens of millions of dollars in FEC-reported political spending, writes Robert Maguire of the Center for Responsive Politics.