Over the last few years, the Supreme Court has repeatedly undermined even the most reasonable attempts to limit the corrupting influence of money in politics. In desperation, Democrats in
Twice, they have sought to pass the Disclose Act, which would shine a welcome beam of light into the realm of "dark money" that governs American political campaigns. A third iteration of the bill, recently introduced by Sen.
Voters deserve to know who is trying to influence their votes. In 2011, a mysterious company called W Spann LLC gave $1 million to the pro-
In 2008, in the last presidential election cycle before the Supreme Court's troubling Citizens United decision, independent spending from undisclosed sources was $69 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In the 2012 cycle, that figure exceeded $310 million. Seventy-eight percent of it went to negative advertising, and more than $250 million of it favored the GOP.