Secret money has no place in American electionsSubmitted by Elisabeth Thu Oct 14 2010 13:56:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)
One of the many benefits to traveling during election season is being spared the barrage of attack ads on the nation's airwaves. But there is no avoiding reading about the partisan charges and counter charges about who is spending how much money on these ads and where the money is coming from.
The DISCLOSE Act and Citizens United have been major topics on the road. The latest flap about the Chamber of Commerce seems to miss the key point that regardless of whether the Chamber collects dues from foreign-owned corporations, the Chamber is making the largest campaign expenditures in history while refusing to disclose its donors.
The point is that secret money has no place in American elections. The voters deserve to know who is speaking to them through these ads.
The irony is that the very media outlets that should be and, in some cases, are reporting on these secret expenditures are accepting the advertising money.
With the DISCLOSE Act mired in Congressional infighting, the only recourse that voters have is to educate themselves and vote, in large numbers.
Leagues all over the country are doing their part. Everywhere I have gone, I have been delivered to my various destinations in cars loaded with Voter Guides. I have attended candidate forums and tapings of candidate forums. Vote411.org is being filled up with solid nonpartisan candidate information.
So let our mantra be, don't get mad, get educated and get out and vote!