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Even as political spending explodes, disclosure remains hazy

sunshineweek-logo-488x274_325_182_99Mary Spicuzza is a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Jeremy B. White is a reporter for The Sacramento Bee

The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision effectively wiped out key campaign finance regulations that had been in effect for decades, so requiring more disclosure of campaign donors may be the only way for the public to have some control over political campaigns. Yet Congress and the states have shown little appetite to do so.

Politicians in Mississippi have used campaign money to pay for such things as a BMW, an RV and $800 cowboy boots.

I n Wisconsin, a railroad executive was caught violating contribution limits after an ex-girlfriend he met on a “sugar daddy” dating website reported him for illegally funneling cash to Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign. Key to the investigation, election officials say, was a requirement that donors disclose their employers — but Republican lawmakers have since wiped out the rule.

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  1. EveT

    Dear me, this is worse than I thought. Could it be that Citizens United didn’t just express the wishes of a few Koch-influenced Supreme Court judges? Did thousands of politicians from all around the country breathe a sigh of relief that, under Citizens United, they could be just about as brazen as they wanted in accepting deep-pockets campaign contributions?

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