A truck leasing company in a small Iowa town is one of several companies linked to nondisclosed “dark money” contributions during the 2018 election cycle. (Photo by Wes Clowers)
So-called “dark money” contributions come from a diverse cross-section of the American landscape. Suburbs, big cities and even small towns are home to corporations created primarily to conceal the true source of money flowing to super PACs that spend millions of dollars to influence elections.
One dark money trail leads to Carter Lake, Iowa, population 3,785. An obscure Carter Lake limited liability company (LLC) named DRT, LLC made a $250,000 contribution to pro-Trump super PAC America First Action in April 2018. The company made another contribution — $10,000 to the Mitch McConnell-aligned Senate Leadership Fund (SLF) — two weeks before election day.