Rod Webster: More work to be done to shine light on 'dark money'

June 1, 2014 

I commend the Merced Sun-Star on its recent editorial (“State Legislature actually getting something done,” May 16, Our View) focusing attention on new state legislation that will shed light on campaign finance dollars and their use. Transparency is certainly something citizens want to see in the political process. As was pointed out in your piece, SB 27 closes the “dark money” loophole and prevents anonymous money from influencing our elections. I am heartened to see that both of our local state representatives, Anthony Cannella and Adam Gray, supported this bill. I hope that they will continue in that commitment by helping to push through SB 52, the California Disclose Act. This would require that political ads clearly display their funders. Sen. Cannella has already come out in favor of this second step to adding openness to our political process. I encourage Assemblyman Gray to join him in this effort.



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