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Secret money in elections

Posted: July 31, 2012 - 12:01am

The U.S. Senate has now twice refused to allow full debate on the DISCLOSE Act of 2012, which would require complete disclosure of spending on big-money advertising in candidate elections. The Juneau League of Women Voters is proud that Senator Begich voted to move ahead with this critical legislation and stood up for the voters against the special interests. We were disappointed, however, that Senator Murkowski voted to block debate on this vital issue.

Huge sums of secret money are flooding into our elections and without full disclosure the voters don’t know who is trying to buy influence. The DISCLOSE Act is an important step towards eliminating secret money.

The National League of Women Voters and the Juneau LWV support this legislation because we believe that Americans deserve all the information they can get before they vote. The LWV continues to push nationwide for passage of DISCLOSE because secret campaign money has no place in America’s democracy. It undermines the role of the voter and corrupts the election process.

Voters have a right to know — whether it is a corporation, union, trade association, or non-profit advocacy group making unlimited campaign expenditures and influencing elections. Tell us where the money is coming from and let the voters decide.

League of Women Voters of Juneau

Margo Waring, Board Member

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