DISCLOSE Act deserved to pass: editorial

Cleveland Plain Dealer

Writing for the majority in the 2010 Citizens United case, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy made it clear that while he and his colleagues could not find a constitutional basis to bar corporate and union money from the political arena, they saw no problems with laws requiring the disclosure of campaign contributions.

Disclosure "provides information to the electorate," Kennedy wrote. "The resulting transparency enables the electorate to make informed choices and give proper weight to different speakers and different messages."

There has been a gusher of new money into the political process since the court's ruling, far too much of it through organizations that can delay disclosure or even avoid it entirely. Ohioans are especially aware of the new political environment because of the state's swing status in the presidential race and the fact that conservative groups such as Crossroads GPS have made Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown's defeat a priority.

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