Voters have the right to know who is trying to influence our views and gain improper influence over our representatives. We need effective disclosure requirements for the use of money at all levels of government because transparency is a foundation for accountability.
In 2012, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, secret donors put more than $310 million into campaigns for President and Congress. Millions more went into campaigns for state offices across the country.
The Supreme Court has ruled that disclosure requirements are constitutional, enable the voters to make informed decisions and provide important protections against corruption.
The DISCLOSE Act, The Shareholder Protection Act, The Real Time Transparency Act, The Follow the Money Act and rulemaking at the SEC, IRS and FCC are all crucial steps toward a more transparent system that will shine a light on the secret money that is corrupting our elections and our elected officials.