Fact Check: Unite America’s Commitment to Transparency

A recent article by the Associated Press presented misleading claims about the sources of Unite America’s funding:

“A group fueled partly by what critics call ‘dark money’ plans to spend $3 million this year to support and elect independents.”

We fully reject the “dark money” label as false and unfair.

Here are the facts:

  • A “dark money group” is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization that either makes independent expenditures supporting/opposing candidates, or funds independent expenditures made by other groups, without disclosing the sources of its funding.

  • Unite America Inc. is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization that (i) does not make any independent expenditures supporting/opposing candidates, and (ii) voluntarily discloses all of our donors (see here). Unite America Inc. is not a dark money group. 

  • All of the resources raised and spent by Unite America supporting/opposing candidates is done through independent expenditure committees, such as the Unite America Election Fund. These committees disclose all of their donors and spending to the Federal Election Commission.

Presented with these facts, the Associated Press updated and corrected an earlier version of its article that erroneously suggested Unite America does not disclose all of the donors funding electoral activity. 

As Executive Director Nick Troiano told the Associated Press: “Unite America goes beyond the requirements of the law and the common practices of partisan political groups in order to operate transparently.”

You can learn more about the Unite America movement and our funding on our website.

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