Dark Money

“Members of Congress should be compelled to wear uniforms like NASCAR drivers, so we could identify their corporate sponsors.”~Caroline Baum

Since a group of Republicans launched a ballot initiative campaign (Stop Dark Money) on Monday to rid Montana campaigns of “Dark Money” and provide full transparency, the Great Falls Tribune asked their readers, “Should ‘full transparency’ be required to assist voters in seeing where political campaign money comes from?”

By the way, “Dark Money” is a term used to define the money raised by groups who don’t have to disclose where they obtain their funding.

There were 248 responses to the Tribune poll and 96% said “Yes” and 4% said “No.”

Although this is a non-scientific poll, the results do show that people want to see transparency when it comes to money used in campaigns. That is great news for the Stop Dark Money folks. It’s too bad that the Montana Legislature failed to do something about this issue during their session earlier this year. That probably means we will have to go through another election cycle with undisclosed money ruining our elections.  That is, unless Montana goes the way of New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who will use, “his power as a regulator of charities and other nonprofit groups to force the transparency.”

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