Kim Reed and John Adams on their PBS-distributed documentary, Dark Money.

Dark Money Is As Dangerous As It Sounds

Dark Money Is As Dangerous As It Sounds

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
July 19 2018 8:22 PM

Democracy Dies in Dark Money

How Montana—and America—got warped by anonymous campaign funds and baseless attack ads.

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Filmmakers Kimberly Reed and John S. Adams discuss Dark Money on July 11 in New York.

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When the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision made unlimited campaign contributions legal, one state put up a fight. In Dark Money, documentary filmmaker Kim Reed and journalist John Adams exposed the influence of anonymous campaign contributions on Montana’s state government even before the Supreme Court rubber-stamped the problem.

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