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  •  This is a Goog Thing. Transparency, Not Dark Money (2+ / 0-)
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    Dr Erich Bloodaxe RN, ceebee7

    The way I read this, it forces disclosure by political candidates, revealing they are funding their sock puppets.

    Once again, maybe California is leading the way with legislation, this time in a good way.

    One of the worst problems in American politics is getting the average voter to understand the extent to which dark money has funded astroturfing of our political system. The artificial origins of the Tea Party are a prime example.

    A friend I worked with for 25 years no longer responds to my emails (both of us are now retired). I think it is because I dropped the bomb during a lunch last year, pointing out the truth about the Tea Party and astroturfing. I think it bent him so out of shape he is no longer speaking to me, because he did not want to believe it.

    Anyway, I see this requirement as a good thing. The only thing I do not like about it is the $500 threshhold. I think ANY financial gain for doing this activity should require disclosure.

    The corporate oligarchy funded the denial campaign fighting the truth that cigarette smoking caused cancer. The exact same entities have funded and have been generating the climate change denial disinformation mill. And the dark money that has poisoned our political well is revealed every week to be worse, deeper, and more malignant than ever.

    So I see this is a very good thing.

    "You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there." “When you come to the fork in the road, take it.” --Yogi Berra

    by HeartlandLiberal on Sun Sep 22, 2013 at 05:35:35 AM PDT

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