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These Iowan supporters of Steve Bullock may hope he’ll make good on promises to get ‘dark money’ out of politics. AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

What is ‘dark money’? 5 questions answered

A law professor explains political disclosure laws, how donors get around them – and what to do about it.
An integrated reform blueprint for federal and state politics could comprise eight elements. Chris Wilson/Flickr

Eight ways to clean up money in Australian politics

Political funding in Australia is governed by different rules for state (some of which do not require disclosure) and federal governments. And both levels suffer significant weaknesses.
Politicians often argue lobbying is going to happen anyway, so there’s little harm in demanding donations from those seeking their time. Shutterstock

What do businesses get in return for their political donations?

Our political donations disclosure regime is so opaque, we don’t really know who's paying how much and what they get in return. But the lengths players go to hide donations gives cause for suspicion.

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