Electioneering resumes this summer. That means many voters will be deluged with the same kind of mailings and automated calls and ads they endured in 2004 — including over-the-top or flat-wrong information with little or no explanation of its source. So state lawmakers need to hurry up and pass House Bill 2559 or something like it, to require prompt reporting of political expenditures and contributions, and disclosure of the sponsors of taped phone messages and the backers of groups that bankroll election-season third-party “issue” ads. The shadowy tactics of 2004 may have faded from voters’ memories, but the problem only promises to get worse this year. Legislators need to act.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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