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Change school policy or attack unions? It's all the same to wealthy individuals deploying philanthropic dollars and dark money.

An updated collection of mostly my own posts on dark money in Massachusetts, with reflections on what I've learned since the Question 2 campaign. Read 'em and weep.

Dark money is a hard story to understand precisely because the wealthy interests behind it don't want us to understand it. But we can do a better job if journalists make it a priority and regulators give them some help.

The dark money sharks of 2012 and 2016 also had a hidden interest in the 2013 Boston mayor's race.


Recent education policy shifts in Massachusetts have been directed by a handful of wealthy sharks who have hidden behind dark money. Until now.

Want to get away? Israel in December is nice - if you have the right connections.

Twenty million dollars in dark money poured into Massachusetts from New York on Question 2, and all the New Yorkers came away with was a familiar chant.

Will Massachusetts be a democracy or a secret plutocracy? That question doesn't have a ballot number but it is the most important question you'll vote on this year.

Shouldn't voters in a democracy have at a minimum the right to know who is spending millions to influence their votes? Not according the the pro-charters campaign.

Had either the Boston Globe or the governor shown a bit more curiosity about the over $14 million that has already poured into the state on behalf of the yes on 2 campaign, we might know more about who is really behind all those TV ads.

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