Donors and Charities Need Protection as Secret Political Spending Grows

Secret political spending by big donors has prompted New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to issue new disclosure regulations for social-welfare groups that spend big money on elections. These new regulations are an important first step in protecting elections, nonprofits, and charitable donors alike.

Organizations that do not disclose their donors spent more than $200-million in the 2012 federal elections and substantial sums in state elections. Many of the secret spenders in