Tue, Oct 2, 2018

Democracy in the crosshairs: how political money laundering threatens the democratic process

Report by Neil Barnett and Alastair Sloan

Corruption Elections Germany Political Reform Rule of Law Russia United Kingdom United States and Canada

International political dark money is a crucial, but little-understood, part of a toolkit of techniques that have been used, with accelerating intensity, to influence major liberal democracies and transition states over the last decade. Using three concrete case studies, this report outlines the active threat of dark money in the context of hostile powers’ subversion operations, explains how current legislation and enforcement mechanisms are inadequate, and proposes a “layered defense.”