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Non-profit StudentsFirst funds Alabama candidates, but does not report

The Decatur Daily reports: A California-based education reform group has given more than $100,000 to political candidates in Alabama this election cycle.

But because of state statute on nonprofits and campaign finance reporting, finding out where StudentsFirst gets its money isn't possible. State law said corporations, including nonprofits, don't have to file campaign finance disclosure forms, according to the secretary of state's office. ...

The organization is playing by the rules, said Adam Thompson, deputy chief of staff for the secretary of state.

“(Nonprofits) are not considered a PAC if they are making direct donations,” Thompson said. “They’re basically treated like an individual, and individuals don’t have to report who they give to or where they get the money.” -- Nonprofits can remain quiet about supporters - Decatur Daily: Elections

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