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    US Watchdog Reveals How Dems' 'Dark Money' Flows into Key US Senate Campaigns

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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Democrats have been dominating the dark money spending in key US Senate races in this year's midterm elections, the Center for Responsive Politics said in a report.

    "While dark money has mostly been on the side of Republicans in recent election cycles, a relatively new liberal outside group has dominated dark money spending during the 2018 midterms, effectively injecting millions into crucial U.S. Senate races," the group said on Wednesday.

    The nonprofit organization Majority Forward has spent $32 million in opposition of Republican Senate candidates in the upcoming election, however, it will not disclose its donors, the group said.

    Overall, the nonprofit group contributed more than $40 million to help Democratic candidates, which marks the most of any dark money group this election cycle, the report said.

    In July, the Democratic delegation in the US Senate sent a letter to US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner David Kautter urging them to reinstate a requirement for organizations to identify the source of their contributions to prevent illegal donations in the US elections.

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    On July 16, the US Department of the Treasury and IRS announced that the IRS will no longer require certain tax-exempt organizations to file personally identifiable information about their donors as part of their annual return.

    Critics have said, in turn, that this rule change will make it easier for "dark money" to influence US elections.

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