Dark money pours in to defend Missouri’s ‘right-to-work’ law

Two nonprofits donated $600,000 Tuesday to political action committees working to protect a “right-to-work” law set to go into effect in Missouri later this month.

A Kansas City-based nonprofit called American Democracy Alliance donated $350,000 to a PAC called Liberty Alliance and $150,000 to a PAC called Missourians for Worker Freedom. Gov. Eric Greitens’ nonprofit, called A New Missouri Inc., donated $100,000 to Missourians for Worker Freedom.

Because both American Democracy Alliance and A New Missouri Inc. are nonprofits, they are not required to disclose their donors. When contributions are routed through a nonprofit to a political campaign to hide the source of the donation, it’s referred to as “dark money.”

The contributions aim to stave off a union-backed effort to put Missouri’s right-to-work law on the 2018 ballot. Greitens signed the legislation in February. In right-to-work states, employees in unionized workplaces can opt out of paying unions for the cost of being represented.

A PAC called We Are Missouri has been collecting signatures to ask voters next year if the law should be repealed. Its work is funded by a wide array of labor unions that have combined to chip in more than $1 million so far this year.

Read more: Kansas City Star, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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