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Sat Feb 11, 2017, 09:49 PM

South Dakota lawmakers aim to out dark money groups

PIERRE -- South Dakota lawmakers plan to fire back at a Massachusetts group that made them targets in a national effort to pressure the Legislature to maintain a voter-approved ethics law.

And in the process, they'll aim to eliminate the influence of dark money in ballot measure campaigns by requiring high-dollar donor groups to disclose their top 100 contributors for the five years prior.

The proposal, if approved, would be one of the most extreme campaign finance disclosure requirements in the country. House Bill 1200 would require any group that donated more than $50,000 to a ballot question committee within a two-year period to disclose the names, addresses, occupations and employers of the group's top 100 donors for the five years leading up to the gift.

And if any of those top donors was a group, it would also have to disclose its top 100 donors.

Read more: http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/politics/2017/02/06/sd-lawmakers-aim-out-dark-money-groups/97546726/

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