Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Secretive Big Money Campaign Donors
A federal appeals court in Washington has ruled that some big-money contributors to some of 2012's most secretive electioneering efforts must reveal who they are and the size of their contributions, which is a victory for public interest advocates.
"This is a huge victory for voters, for disclosure, and for democracy because Americans deserve to know who is trying to buy results in our elections,” said Trevor Potter, Campaign Legal Center President. “This decision is an important step towards fulfilling the Supreme Court's promise in Citizens United that all spending in our elections will be fully disclosed -- disclosure that has been frustrated until now by the FEC.”
You would think that people are willing to put up big money behind candidates or on issues -- whether to support them or attack opponents -- would be willing to stand by their words and checkbooks. But that's not so in American politics today, and the result is that many fictitious campaign organizations are created that are willing to say all kinds of negative and often intentionally incorrect things, with little or no accountability accorded to these effort's financiers.
This federal court victory may pry open the books of several of the so-called independent groups, mostly on the GOP side of the aisle, that have been raising tens of millions of dollars to monopolize the broadcast airwaves in perhaps a dozen states that are considered in play for the presidential race.