One of the more odious effects of the Citizens United decision was the establishment of SuperPacs that are secretly funded by God only knows who.
These shadowy groups, who don’t have to disclose their donors, are responsible for millions of dollars worth of ads that have bombarded us, and will continue to bombard the airwaves, during political campaigns.
Tuesday, an attempt came in Congress that would have forced the SuperPacs that run radio and television ads to disclose any donors of $10,000 or more.
And guess who voted against it? That’s right, the three congressmen who represent the Roanoke region: Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke County; Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem; and Rep. Robert Hurt, R-Chatham.
The amendment was put forth buy Rep. Anne Eshoo, D-Calif. Five Republicans voted for it, and eight Democrats voted against it. Here was her argument in its favor:
“All Americans have a right to honest information about who has paid for the political messages they receive. This includes the sponsors of political advertisements—not just the names of sham entities designed to evade disclosure.
Americans are besieged by anonymous campaign ads around the clock this year. With disclosure and transparency, the public will be able to decide for themselves, because relevant information about the interests and their impact will be public. Disclosure of an ad’s major donors does not place any undue burdens on speech or industry. It will empower the voters.”
Kind of makes you wonder about the way our reps voted, eh?