The First Amendment: Free Press versus “Dark Money”; Jo Mannies

Since the 2010 Supreme Court decision “Citizens United,” there has been an explosion of political donations from legally unknown sources, and a rise in special nonprofit groups that don’t have to report their donors or make public their political spending. That has made it much harder for the press to do its job, particularly during a time of financial stress that has prompted many news outlets to reduce their reporting staffs.

Jo Mannies is an award-winning journalist who has been covering Missouri politics and government for more than four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In 2009, she joined online news outlet the St. Louis Beacon, which in late 2013 merged with St. Louis Public Radio.