Editorial Extra: Campaign finance laws behind it all

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As important as it is to find out the truth about the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative organizations to enforce tax laws, more emphasis should be placed on the broken political campaign finance system that led to the IRS's unacceptable behavior.

The nation's laws on who and what can contribute campaign money are so porous almost any person, group, or company can spend any amount to influence voters - even if what they say is a lie. Loopholes open the door for foreign interests to get involved, too.

Dark-money groups spent more than $300 million to influence the 2012 elections, much of it through so-called social welfare groups. The IRS got into trouble trying to figure out which groups were more political than social.


Read more on The Inquirer editorial page on Tuesday.