The role of secret corporate money in last week’s election is undeniable.
In 58 of the 74 election contests where power changed hands, winning candidates rode a wave of cash from shadowy front groups, giant corporations and the super rich.
Never again should secret money be allowed to sway our elections. Tell your senators to pass the DISCLOSE Act (S. 3628) during the lame duck session.
The DISCLOSE Act will require that the identities of those who fund election-season political ads be disclosed to the public – regardless of whether that funding comes from corporations, unions or wealthy individuals. If they’re trying to influence your vote, then you should at least know who they are.
The good news is we’ve recently witnessed an unprecedented number of new activists joining our campaign for transparent elections.
The bad news is that the major corporations and their astroturf front groups are mobilizing to kill the bill.
Karl Rove, the Koch brothers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce want to use secret money to buy as many seats in Congress as they can. If they have their way, 2010 will be only the beginning. We know they are already making plans for the 2012 presidential race.
Don’t let it happen. Urge your senators to pass the DISCLOSE Act today!
“The most important political office is that of the private citizen” – Louis D. Brandeis, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, 1916 – 1939
Money in Politics Team,
Austin Coffee Party