But Fight for the Dream and Restore the Dream plan to stick around. Indeed, Woodman told OpenSecrets that Fight for the Dream’s “efforts did not end with Welch’s defeat, and the group will continue to raise and spend money on political campaigns.” Pennsylvania media outlets should keep these groups (and others like them) on their radar. Voters deserve to know how campaign finance disclosure requirements can be made meaningless, leaving them—along with lots of money—in the dark.

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Ken Knelly served as metro editor at The Times-Tribune in Scranton and as senior editor for government and business at The State in Columbia, S.C. He owns Clearberries, a communications consulting and training firm, and works for a Christian college in Northeastern Pennsylvania.