Voters have right to know who's funding 'dark money' ads

Editor:

 

The April 26 primary election in Pennsylvania is fast approaching, and advertisements that aim to shape voters’ opinions are beginning to appear on television, in newspapers and in mailboxes.

 

Some of these advertisements come from dark money groups – organizations that can raise unlimited amounts of money without disclosing the sources of their finances.

 

I believe voters should have access to as much information as possible, including the identities of people who spend money to shape the outcome of elections.

 

That’s why I introduced House Bill 1695, which would require dark money groups to file campaign finance reports listing the names of donors contributing $100 or more, and details of spending that exceeds $1,000. In addition, my bill, which has bipartisan co-sponsors, would require ads from these organizations to include a statement informing people where they can review their campaign finance reports.

 

Pennsylvania has a lot of work to do on this issue. The National Institute on Money in State Politics gave Pennsylvania an "F" for its lack of disclosure requirements on independent spending.

I believe my bill would bring transparency and openness to Pennsylvania elections, and allow our residents to better evaluate ads before they cast their ballots.

State Rep. Neal P. Goodman

123rd Legislative District