The Brief: Texas Political News for Nov. 27, 2013

The Big Conversation

The Obama administration said on Tuesday it is taking action to curtail the growing influence of "dark money" in U.S. politics. But doubts arose almost immediately as to whether the new proposed guidelines would work as intended.

The new rules are intended to address the growing use of social welfare groups, referred to as 501(c)4s for where they are listed in the tax code, to spend money independently in campaigns. After the Citizens United decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that allowed for corporations to spend money directly in political campaigns, these social ...

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