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NRA, Russia and Trump: How ‘Dark Money’ is Poisoning American Democracy
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NRA, Russia and Trump: How ‘Dark Money’ is Poisoning American Democracy

Authors Alex Tausanovitch and Diana Pilipenko urge civic leaders and politicians to work to fix the broken system of campaign finance.

As American communities continue to be victimized by gun violence—including the mass shooting yesterday, in Parkland, Florida—the National Rifle Association continues to wield immense influence over American legislators, primarily through enormous campaign contributions.

But when it comes to funding, the NRA may have finally gone too far: the FBI recently launched an investigation to determine whether a Russian central banker, and Putin ally, illegally funneled money through the organization to help the Trump campaign.

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Authors

Alex Tausanovitch

Director, Campaign Finance and Electoral Reform

Diana Pilipenko

Associate Director, Anti-Corruption and Illicit Finance