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Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 09/04/2012

Elections 2012, disclosure of ‘dark money’ groups and political speech

As the debate over disclosure of the funding by outside groups in the 2012 election cycle continues, Cato Institute’s John Samples highlights the legal ambiguities surrounding such disclosure.

“It’s a typical campaign finance story, I have to say: Complicated legal rules that are ambiguous [that] maybe haven’t been enforced, combined with people just trying to get into the political system in a certain way to fund political speech,” said Samples.

But, according to Samples, disclosure is nothing more than a tool for opposition groups to restrict or limit speech.

“If you can know who is doing the spending, then you just essentially abuse them in public,” says Samples.

“You seek as much bad publicity for them as possible,” he said.

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