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The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus

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Senators urged to move DISCLOSE bill during lame-duck session

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010

In correspondence with U.S. Senators George V. Voinovich and Sherrod Brown, the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus urged support for the DISCLOSE Act.

The correspondence was sent in response to an action alert issued by the League of Women Voters of the United States. The full text of the letter follows:

On behalf of the board of the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus and our hundreds of members across central Ohio, I urge you to support the DISCLOSE Act. Secret spending of unlimited funds by corporations and unions cannot be allowed in our elections.

In its Citizens United decision earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out vital protections against corporate and union spending in elections. While special-interest money was always a concern in elections, corporations — including foreign corporations — may now intervene directly in elections, taking power away from voters. The Court believed that full disclosure would keep these special interests accountable, but we saw clearly in this month’s election that these powerful and well-funded groups can avoid revealing their donors’ names.

Voters deserve to know who is paying for all election advertising. CEOs should have to “stand by their ads” with clear disclaimers. Secret money has no place in America’s democracy. We must have enhanced disclosure requirements.

Please vote for the DISCLOSE Act.