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|Dems go to battle against dark money: The campaign arm of Senate Democrats filed a complaint against the Karl Rove-backed Crossroads GPS and two other conservative dark money "social welfare organizations," alleging that they are violating their tax-free status by engaging in political activity. The New York Times reports, "The complaint by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee against Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, Americans for Prosperity and the 60 Plus Association begins a new phase in the Democrats' struggle to keep pace with Republicans since the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling." It's unlikely the FEC will take any action before the election, or even after.
The Obama campaign made a similar move last month. Independent watchdog groups have also complained about the slippery definition of these nonprofits...