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CAMPAIGNS: Full disclosure needed

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Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 8:17 am

It's just wrong. Secret campaign cash should have no place in our American democracy. But now we are seeing huge sums of money from secret sources going into campaign advertising, much of it the negative advertising that poisons the airways.

Special interests are spending millions and millions of dollars in this election and it threatens to drown out the voices of individual voters. And because of changes in the law, there are no disclosure requirements - even foreign government corporations could be funding these ads.

The League of Women Voters has been calling attention to secret money being spent on political advertising for months, but the U.S. Senate has refused to act to require disclosure, even after the House of Representatives passed a strong disclosure bill.

Now we are seeing the largest campaign expenditures in history, even as organizations accept tens of thousands of dollars from both American and foreign corporations. Essentially, these organizations are functioning as Political Action Committees but without having to follow the laws requiring disclosure of their donors. It should come as no surprise that they lobbied against the DISCLOSE Act in Congress, which would have stopped manipulation of elections by fly-by-night anonymous hit groups, and prevented the infusion of undercover expenditures.

These activities are detrimental to our democracy. Voters deserve to know who is paying for election advertising. The League of Women Voters calls on all candidates to disavow secret advertising and asks our local media outlets not to accept ads unless the names of the true donors are made public.

JUDY EDWARDS

President, League of

Women Voters of

Kootenai County

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  • northidahonative posted at 12:24 pm on Wed, Oct 20, 2010.

    northidahonative Posts: 1164

    Why would people vote for a candidate who receives donations or accepts support from undisclosed "donors"? It doesn't really matter if the money comes from foreign sources, although that is illegal, what matters is there are candidates who are running for PUBLIC OFFICE while accepting money and support from secret donors.

    Man Up Republicans, tell us where and from who you are getting your money, the only reason to keep that information secret is to hide corruption and to be able to deny any connection to the donors when you vote for Bills to pay back those very same donors.

    Republican leaders have been complaining about lack of transparency, I guess they believe that transparency, along with accountability only pertains to members of other Parties.

     
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