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Citizens United

At the Supreme Court Monday, a case involving rich conservatives and liberals, their anonymous charitable donations, and tax breaks.

At issue is a California law, similar to laws in others states, that requires tax-exempt charities to file with the state a list of their large donors — a copy, in fact, of the list they file annually with the IRS.

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State lawmakers are introducing bills that require more transparency when it comes to dark money groups in political campaigns.

The U.S. Supreme Court's controversial Citizens United ruling a decade ago helped bring hundreds of millions of dollars into political campaigns without having to disclose the source or sources.

Reform-minded Democrats have long held up "dark money" — political money that can't be traced to its source — as a symptom of what's wrong with politics in Washington. But while House Democrats this winter passed a bill to end the secrecy shielding donors behind unregulated dark money contributions, liberal activist groups now deploy those funds to boost the party's candidates in the 2020 elections.

A series of public hearings are scheduled over the next two months in Ohio communities that have passed ordinances asking Congress to declare that corporations are not people, and money is not speech.

Voters in Mentor and Chagrin Falls on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved ordinances calling on Congress to enact a constitutional amendment declaring corporations are not people and money does not equate to free speech.

WCBE files

A new documentary on the influence of money and corporations in American politics begins a week long run in Columbus today.

A new report by Ohio State University's College of Law examines the real-world impact outside spending is having on elections and politics since the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling, which allows more political spending by corporations and unions.

Voters in Defiance and Cleveland Heights approved ballot resolutions Tuesday seeking to curb the power of corporations in government and elections.