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"Dark Money Rises" Event

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This Tuesday, October 9, ProPublica and the Tenement Museum will continue our Investigate This Tenement Talk series with an event titled, “Dark Money Rises: The Influence of Nonprofits on Campaign 2012.” The free discussion will feature:

Kim Barker, investigative reporter for ProPublica. Her groundbreaking “How Nonprofits Spend Millions on Elections and Call it Public Welfare” exposed the many ways in which 501(c)(4) groups mislead the IRS and Federal Election Commission (FEC) about their campaign activities.

Bradley Smith, chairman and co-founder of the Center for Competitive Politics. He is a former FEC commissioner and the author of Unfree Speech: The Folly of Campaign Finance Reform, in which he argues restrictions on campaign donations should be eliminated.

Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). CREW works to hold politicians accountable and to require campaigns to disclose their donors and expenditures.

Nicholas Confessore, political reporter for the New York Times. He is a veteran reporter who has written for many different outlets and currently covers the 2012 presidential campaign with a focus on political fundraising and campaign finance issues.

The conversation will be moderated by author, journalist, professor and former NPR News & Notes host Farai Chideya.

The Investigate This talks take place at the Tenement Museum, located at 103 Orchard Street (at Delancey) in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The panel begins at 6:30pm Eastern and is free and open to the public. It will be live streamed on the Tenement Museum’s UStream channel. Seating is limited, so please get there early. And click here for more details and information.

Mike Webb

Mike Webb was the vice president/communications of ProPublica. He is a veteran communications specialist with experience in public relations, marketing, sales and campaign work at media companies, think tanks, political organizations and in the entertainment business.

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