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Editorial: New York Times: When ‘Super PACs’ Become Lobbyists
Many of the social welfare groups need to spend money on lobbying to show the Internal Revenue Service that their primary purpose isn’t electing candidates, though those goals are so intertwined that the I.R.S. still needs to force those groups to disclose their donors. Short of a constitutional amendment prohibiting unlimited spending, Congress can counter these combined political and lobbying assaults by passing the Empowering Citizens Act, which gives individuals a chance to be heard.
nyt  superpacs  disclosure  newyork  editorial2012 
november 2012 by sunlightfoundation
Editorial: The Economist: Campaign finance: Naming names
Yet there are ways of making America’s system work better while retaining its spirit. The so-called 501(c)s—the vehicles for most of this new money—could be required to explain who they get their cash from, and disclosure laws should also be tightened for super-PACs, another campaigning outfit. A useful draft law, the DISCLOSE Act, would require any organisation that spends more than $10,000 on political campaigning to identify any donor who gives it more than $10,000.
economist  discloseact  editorial2012  uk  disclosure  superpacs  independentexpenditures  msm 
november 2012 by sunlightfoundation
Editorial: Columbia Missourian: Missouri must correct the outrageous spending on elections
It’s too bad that Missouri was not among the five states where millions of voters  Nov. 6 sent a message  that they want their elected leaders to rein in out-of-control campaign spending.
columbiamissourian  missouri  discloseact  disclosure  editorial2012  campaignfinance 
november 2012 by sunlightfoundation
Editorial: Kansas City Star: Congress should pass the Disclose Act to end secret donor political ads
The Disclose Act requires groups making more than $10,000 in campaign-related expenditures to reveal contributors who donate more than $10,000. The nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation has reported that outside groups spent most of their money on negative ads.

The soured public needs relief. A start would be real-time, online transparent reporting of all political money — be it direct donations, bundled money or money slipped into 501(c) so-called nonprofit independent groups that fail the “independent” test by any reasonable interpretation.
kansascitystar  kansas  editorial2012  discloseact  disclosure  campaignfinance 
november 2012 by sunlightfoundation
New York Times: Editorial: A Landslide Loss for Big Money
It is encouraging to see that even a few Republican lawmakers are starting to realize the corrupt flood of cash needs to be stopped. There is talk of new legislation to require disclosure of donors by shadowy groups, and of the need to re-examine donation limits. A backlash against the damaging power of big money cannot come too soon.
nyt  editorial2012  darkmoney  campaignfinance  disclosure  newyork 
november 2012 by sunlightfoundation
South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Editorial: Corrupting power of big donations
Congress can't overturn Citizens United, but there are other steps lawmakers can take to reduce the corrupting power of big money in elections. They can begin by requiring full and immediate online disclosure of all contributors to campaigns.

And state lawmakers can start by limiting contributions to fundraising committees — or better yet, banning them.
sunsentinel  florida  editorial2012  citizensunited  disclosure  darkmoney 
november 2012 by sunlightfoundation
Sacramento Bee: Editorial: We still need a fix for corrosive, sly super PACs
More broadly, legislators should eliminate the ability of nonprofit organizations to hide the identities of individuals and corporations that give them money. The $6 billion spent on federal elections in 2012 will be eclipsed in 2016, as will the $360 million-plus spent in 2012 on California initiatives.
sacramentobee  california  editorial2012  superPACs  darkmoney  disclosure 
november 2012 by sunlightfoundation
Beaumont Enterprise: Editorial: Messy election shows need to change campaign finance laws
If Congress can't man up and deliver structural changes, at least it should insist upon transparency. That's fundamental to many other parts of our government, and campaign finance should not be an exception.
BeaumontEnterprise  editorial2012  darkmoney  transparency  disclosure  campaignfinance 
november 2012 by sunlightfoundation
Wisconsin State Journal: Editorial: Voters deserve more disclosure
Bills requiring more transparency (60 days before elections) at the federal and state levels enjoy bipartisan support.

Let's get this done in time for the next big splurge.
wisconsinstatejournal  wisconsin  editorial2012  transparency  disclosure  supremecourt 
november 2012 by sunlightfoundation
San Francisco Chronicle: Editorial: The 1 percent factor
More than $2 billion was dumped into the presidential race. Dark-money super PACs added hundreds of millions more.
sanfranciscochronicle  california  editorial2012  darkmoney  superPACs 
november 2012 by sunlightfoundation
Philadelphia Daily News: Editorial: We Go Forward
But even though the tsunami of unlimited money did not carry the day yesterday, Citizens United has created a new normal in political campaigns: a lopsided percentage of political contributions coming from a small group of wealthy individuals, and the ascendance of SuperPACs, outside political organizations that, in many instances, are able to keep the identities of their donors secret. In 2010, about $1.1 billion went to these groups, five times as much as in 2008.
philadelphiadailynews  pennsylvania  editorial2012  darkmoney  campaignfinance  superPACs  citizensunited 
november 2012 by sunlightfoundation
Washington Post: Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers
Congress should require these shadowy organizations to disclose all of their donors who give $10,000 or more. That won’t take the money out of politics. But it will give citizens more information about who is trying to influence their votes. And it will hold accountable more of these groups for what often are terribly misleading if not flat-out wrong claims and accusations.
editorial2012  washingtonpost  disclosure  darkmoney  campaignfinance 
november 2012 by sunlightfoundation
Spokesman Review: Editorial: Lawmakers must shine light on dark campaign donations
The Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan public interest outfit, reports that outside groups spent about $1 billion in this election cycle, and nearly $300 million of that was from dark money groups. Some underwriters of slimy ads aren’t so shy. Six people contributed more than $10 million apiece, and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife gave more than $50 million.
editorial2012  darkmoney  spokesmanreview  superPACs  campaignfinance 
november 2012 by sunlightfoundation
Philadelphia Inquirer: Editorial: An election to remember
With the election over, it's time to fix the system, starting with disclosure. Super PACs, which are required to disclose donors, don't do so often enough. "Social welfare" groups don't disclose donors at all. That must change.

In the Internet age of instant information, any individual or group spending money on an election should disclose its donors and spending immediately. Correspondingly, there should be federal matching funds for congressional candidates who agree to accept only small donations - the kind real people can make.
editorial2012  philadelphiainquirer  pennsylvania  superPACs  darkmoney  disclosure 
november 2012 by sunlightfoundation
Editorial: Money now flooding state's political process
The evidence so far isn't that millions of individuals have begun donating small amounts to candidates and super PACs.  Instead, hundreds of large organizations and very wealthy individuals are spending millions of dollars each, much of it anonymously, to get their point across.
sunjournal  editorial2012  darkmoney  superPACs  campaignfinance 
november 2012 by sunlightfoundation
Editorial: Money over a cliff
According to the Sunlight Foundation, which does its best to track the dollars, the result was a campaign "largely underwritten by a handful of wealthy individuals, corporations, labor unions and 'dark money' 501(c) nonprofits - many of them thinly disguised electioneering committees. And all of it calculated to fan the flames of partisanship and complicate the eventual winners' task of reaching consensus. Worse, many of these groups' donors will never be disclosed."
editorial2012  virginianpilot  virginia  darkmoney  sunlightfoundation  disclosure 
november 2012 by sunlightfoundation
The Sacramento Bee: Editorial: Transparency of elections hangs in the balance
No matter how they cast ballots today, voters on both sides of the aisle should be alarmed at the amount of opaque money that is bankrolling television advertising for and against candidates and ballot measures, at nearly all levels of government.

Thanks to decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court and other courts, it is easier than ever for deep-pocketed interests to anonymously influence an election, with no limits on spending and no way for citizens to know the source of the money.
sacramentobee  editorial2012  transparency  citizensunited  disclosure 
november 2012 by sunlightfoundation
Palm Beach Post: Editorial: If money is speech, let us know who’s talking
The Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling unleashed the unlimited spending. Analyses show that just a few hundred wealthy donors supply the majority of “super PAC” money. Since the justices ruled that money equals speech, no one should be surprised that those with the most money get the most speech. What’s surprising is that five justices thought that complied with the Founders’ vision.
palmbeachpost  citizensunited  supremecourt  superpacs  editorial2012 
november 2012 by sunlightfoundation
Register Guard: Editorial: Negative fallout
Numerous people and organizations have argued in favor of reversing the Citizens United decision, charging that it has corrupted election financing and given wealthy individuals and faceless corporations, unions and political organizations undue influence over who gets chosen to run our local, state and federal governments. Others have expressed outrage at corporate entities now being accorded the same free speech protections previously reserved for human beings.
registerguard  editorial2012  citizensunited  disclosure 
november 2012 by sunlightfoundation
USA Today: Editorial: The $6 billion presidential contest
Citizens United has left the public with only one way to protect itself against the rising tide of secret donors: disclosure. Republicans in the Senate defeated a disclosure measure in July. Perhaps when the public looks back at an election that is setting records for high spending, negative ads and secrecy, it will demand that Congress act.

But don't hold your breath. Winners tend to think the system works fine. It could take a scandal to bring about improved disclosure or, better yet, public financing.
usatoday  citizensunited  editorial2012  disclosure  discloseact  msm 
november 2012 by sunlightfoundation

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