The only way to really understand how the dark money shell game works is to follow the groups over multiple election cycles as they pop up, disintegrate, reconstitute with another patriotic-sounding name, and wreak mysterious havoc once again. It usually takes journalists years to uncover the damage that dark money causes, and by that time it is too late. I played this game of Whack-a-Mole over three election cycles in what became the perfect environment to tell the campaign finance story. Montana was not only the first and hardest hit with dark money, but also the state that fought back the hardest with grass-roots citizen outrage. Our story puts a human face to that outrage.