Independent election groups need transparency, enforcement
Like clockwork, there’s something voters have come to count on with each election: more and more anonymous advertisements sponsored by mysterious, innocuous-sounding groups, voicing support or opposition for a candidate. These groups are taking advantage of loopholes and lax enforcement and leaving voters to wonder who these people are, where the money came from and about their true agendas. Voters can’t be detectives — they want to know who is behind political ads and what their hidden agenda may be before they vote.
To ensure transparency and strengthen enforcement, we have introduced the Follow the Money Act — the first comprehensive and bipartisan campaign finance reform bill to be offered in the Senate in more than a decade. We believe this bill accomplishes two major goals: It requires full transparency on the part of independent political spenders who intend to influence our vote and imposes costly sanctions on those who believe that evading the law is simply a cost of doing business in the independent political realm. This legislation is necessary to restore the faith of Americans in our democratic process.
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Lisa Murkowski is a Republican senator from Alaska who has served the U.S. Senate since 2002. Ron Wyden is a Democratic senator from Oregon, serving since 1996.