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Secret campaign money undermines role of voter

Published: May 21, 2012

The League of Women Voters supports U.S. Senate Bill 2219, which would restore transparency to U.S. elections by requiring complete disclosure by those funding election advertising at the $10,000 level or higher. Voters need to know who's spending big money on advertising in candidate elections in order to make informed decisions. Secret campaign money undermines the role of the voter and corrupts the election process. It should have no place in our democracy.

We're seeing huge sums of money from secret sources going into election advertising. Much of it is the negative advertising that poisons the airways. Special interests are spending millions of dollars in this election, threatening to drown out the voices of individual voters. Because of changes in the law, there are now no disclosure requirements. We don't know which big corporations and rich lobbyists are paying for these ads.

The League of Women Voters calls on Congress to pass this bill and we call on all candidates to disavow secret advertising.

Mary Jo Neal, Tulsa

Karen Melcher, Stillwater

Neal and Melcher are co-presidents of League of Women Voters of Oklahoma.