Legal challenge for more transparency in GOP fundraising

“Campaign Accountability Watch, a coalition of dozens of smaller liberal groups, has launched a legal challenge to outside spending by GOP-leaning groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS.

“The Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision opened the door to a massive change in political spending, which those groups capitalized on in last year’s midterm elections.

“The new group wants U.S. attorneys to prosecute outside groups for using nonprofits to take anonymous donations in what it says is a violation of election laws that require transparency. The new coalition has sent letters to 40 U.S. attorneys, along with 12,000 signatures, asking them to prosecute alleged 2010 election law violations.

“’What this is about is people who don’t want to see secret campaign contributions,’ said Kevin Zeese, a spokesman and attorney for the group. ‘This is a conspiracy between the funders not wanting their names used and American Crossroads using a nonprofit to violate election laws.’

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Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

2 thoughts on “Legal challenge for more transparency in GOP fundraising”

  1. The GOP just now made official their slavering, fawning man/oil love clear to their voters back home. They voted their devotions and obedience to keep the cash/oil subsidies coming to Chevron, Exxon, Shell, Valero for as long as they can bow down and lick their slick oil rings…or get thrown out of office for being greedy liars before election day and on to the present while the majority. Chevron actually named an oil tanker the “Condoleeza Rice” for all that GOP bootlickin….Kate

  2. I am almost certain the 2012 candidates in our neck of the woods will get very bright “sunlight” to expose contributors of money, and land for signs, etc. That is a promise, not a scientific wild ass guess (SWAG). This will complement the “accounting” of money contributions.

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