Opinion: We Need Transparency

OPINION: We need transparency in campaign spending

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

John Carey, TIMES GAZETTE, 6/7/10. Ohio Senate, COLUMBUS — For decades, the federal government and many states, including Ohio, have rightly placed restrictions on corporate and union spending in candidate elections.

However, a recent decision by the United States Supreme Court essentially struck down these long-standing laws, and if steps are not taken soon to address the ruling, the upcoming General Election in November and future political contests in our state and other parts of the country could be heavily influenced by unlimited, undisclosed campaign contributions.

On Jan. 21, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission that the First Amendment guarantees all corporations and unions the right to spend as much money as they want, whenever they want on independent advertisements and other political communications promoting or advocating for the defeat or election of candidates for public office. Read More