Argument: Issue ad funding transparency is a clear democratic imperative

Issue Report: Funding transparency for TV issue ads in elections


President Obama warned in August of 2010: “[Currently, corporations] can buy millions of dollars worth of TV ads – and worst of all, they don’t even have to reveal who is actually paying for them. […] You don’t know if it’s a foreign-controlled corporation. You don’t know if it’s BP.”[1]

Bill Ballenger, former Republican state senator and editor of Inside Michigan Politics, said in July of 2010: “The question of ‘who is behind’ all these mysterious ‘issue’ ads — which are almost always thinly disguised attacks on various officeholders or candidates — is the great unknown in our electoral/campaign process today. It cries out for full disclosure — of the money spent, and who’s spending it (by name!). There is no excuse for these Secretary of State candidates — or for any other candidate for any other office, for that matter — not supporting this reform.”[2]