Interactive Explainer: How the GOP Stealth Money Machine Works

A hands-on look at how millions of dollars mysteriously end up in the pockets of Republican candidates around the country.


Tracking how campaign money flows through the political system is harder than ever, especially when that money passes through an organization like the Republican Governors Association. As MoJo‘s Andy Kroll reports, while campaign finance observers have fixated on the rise of super-PACs and shadow-spending groups, the RGA has quietly mastered the art of skirting election laws while raising millions for GOP candidates in key races.

This interactive explainer shows the inner workings of the RGA’s stealthy M.O. for shuffling money around the country and “wiping the fingerprints off the money.” (Note: After first clicking on the gray arrow, please first give the interactive a few seconds to load.) Read the full story here.

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