Dark money distorts policy debates as well as election outcomes. For instance, in the drug pricing debate, "Citizens for American Ideas is the latest example of a corporate lobbying “ghost ship,’’ a term of art for a corporate advocacy operation that is meant to remain anonymous. "

Campaign finance and disclosure rules have historically applied to candidate election campaigns, but not lobbying campaigns. This is due to Supreme Court dogma that candidates can be corrupted, but public policy cannot.

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