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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A majority of Americans do not like anonymous campaign donations

State candidates and political organizations must reveal the sources of their money in campaign finance reports.  On the national level, there are many ways to hide the identity of donors.  Big PACs and lobby organizations have the ability to launder money as it comes in from sources that voters have cause to fear.  People have the right to know who is influencing the political process and to what degree.  The fact that the National Chamber of Commerce does not have to reveal who provides funds through membership dues which go into a fund from which campaign donations are dispersed is a danger signal to those who want full disclosure on campaign sponsors.

That wariness is expressed by a majority of Americans.

A Bloomberg national poll indicates that 47 percent of Americans say they would be less likely to support a particular candidate if his or her campaign was aided by advertising paid for by anonymous business groups, with nine percent saying they would be more likely to back such a candidate and 41 percent saying that it would not matter.

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