Give Mother Jones credit for inventing a cool phrase: Dark Money, and such funds were well utilized in Montana by Democrat-friendly out-of-state organizations. With the ruling on Citizens United, our leaders in Washington should have at least amped up disclosure requirements for non-profits and super PACs, but alas. Republicans who were for disclosure (such as the DISCLOSE Act) are now agin it, which is unfortunate. As Scalia noted in the NPR piece, running a democracy takes a certain amount of civic courage, despite the creepy making-the-political-personal partisans involved.
Ezra Klein will say that a DISCLOSE Act will not solve the problem. To me, it solves enough of it. The Supreme Court, and Citizens United is the law of the land. With gobs of money flowing into the politics, the most effective answer is to be timely and accurate in letting the public know where this money is coming from.
At FDA, despite finishing a report last April that was favorable toward genetically modified salmon, the Obama White House played politics with the science and suppressed it. The pledge for transparency and open government sounded nice in theory, but I expect four more years of stonewalling the politically inconvenient.