A vote for transparency in California elections

Bakersfield Californian, February 29th, 2012

Now that state legislators are being given a do-over on the DISCLOSE Act, they must resist the urge to bury it as they did in January. Passing this bill is the right thing to do, especially given the large number of ballot initiatives and legislative seats up for grabs in this year's election.

The DISCLOSE Act would require that the three biggest contributors to any political advertisement include their names in large type and their logos on the ad, whether it's a mailer or a spot on TV or radio. No longer would wealthy individuals, unions or corporations be able to hide behind such monikers as the "California Jobs Initiative" (aka oil companies) or "Californians Against the Wrong Prescriptions" (aka drug companies). Their identity would be clear to voters, the intended target of such ads.

The bill would give voters more information on who is supporting a particular initiative or candidate, and it lifts the veil on the power players who seek to influence elections.

We may never eradicate the power of money to influence politics, but our state leaders can commit to transparency and disclosure in elections. Transparency sends an important signal to increasingly cynical voters: U.S. democracy is accessible. State legislators must cast a vote for the state's voters and pass the DISCLOSE Act.

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