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Improve campaign disclosure before next big election

Posted: November 13, 2012 - 4:44pm  |  Updated: November 14, 2012 - 9:29am

Six billion dollars.

That’s how much money campaigns and their supporters are expected to spend on the 2012 elections, according to the latest estimate by the Center for Responsive Politics.

It’s a huge and stunning amount that’s only likely to increase in future elections. So voters at least deserve to know where all the big money is coming from.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that money is essentially speech that must be allowed. But the same court has encouraged Congress to require more disclosure of the donors who are doing the speaking.

Money that goes directly to the candidates is already tracked. But money spent by outside groups that mostly attack political opponents is harder to identify. This includes groups such as Americans for Prosperity on the right and the Greater Wisconsin Committee on the left.

Congress should require these shadowy organizations to disclose all of their donors who give $10,000 or more. That won’t take the money out of politics. But it will give citizens more information about who is trying to influence their votes. And it will hold accountable more of these groups for what often are terribly misleading if not flat-out wrong claims and accusations.

The race for president, of course, is the biggest-spending affair, accounting for about $2.6 billion of the projected $6 billion for federal campaigns this cycle, according to the CRP. ...

Bills requiring more transparency (60 days before elections) at the federal and state levels enjoy bipartisan support.

Let’s get this done in time for the next big splurge.

— Wisconsin State Journal, Madison,

Nov. 1

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AKMaineIac
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AKMaineIac 11/14/12 - 04:32 pm
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Censorship and chilling of free speech

The right to speak anonymously has been upheld time and time again, and is an age old tradition in this country. Some dub wants to blow a million dollars blowing smoke my way over some issue they think they're going to fool me with, let them have at it. It's their money to waste.

I can read and assess information based on the merits and do the research. Part of the problem here is people actually want to be stupid. They don't want to do any work or research anything on their own. Want to know what an organization is all about? Call em up, look em up, and read about them. Talk with them. And then if you don't like them or what they provide you'll know when you vote.

Getting all offended when someone says something you disagree with or don't like, then seeking to find some way to chill the environment or harass/intimidate them is not the freedom respecting way of doing things.

robert white
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robert white 11/15/12 - 11:14 am
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Laws

Your asking people who write and pass laws that might cause them to loose their office! really... That's like asking Nancy P that she can no longer legally do inside trading...or Diane F's who's husband cannot have the sole monopoly on gun locks in Calif...This is the privileged class who think their above the law.. It ainta gonna happon dude.

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 11/15/12 - 11:39 am
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BOtoxs

Only those that have BOtox will survive and they are in BOTH PARTIES.
When Nancy P. says we have to pass the BOcare bill so that we, they can read it and see what it says and ALL the People say OK then, get-r-done, we have a problem houston.
Evil rules this present worlds systems and it ain't gonna get better soon, only worse. As i have said before "When you believe in things you don't understand, then you suffer."
Are we suffering from our choices and will we suffer more in the very near future as all SIGNS point too? I think so! They will survive as they write their own survival laws and we don't belong to their damnable BOtox club and are destined to suffer for our choices or hopes being placed in them because of all their deceptives words.
Don't get BOtoxed, it will not provide any eternal hope or change to believe in.

freedomlibertytruth
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freedomlibertytruth 11/15/12 - 02:47 pm
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'The U.S. Supreme Court has

'The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that money is essentially speech that must be allowed.'
When you write in the clarion your opinion is deleted if the paper doesn't like it. This happens daily.
When you send money to the political groups (superpacs) you support, you opinion does not get deleted. It therefore will continue as Americans want their opinions and free speech.

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 11/15/12 - 05:20 pm
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Free speach does not apply to the Clarion

is what i have been told. Over the years i have spent Thousands of dollars buying full page adds in the Clarion expressing my free speach in warning people of coming troubles and things to look for that show that the daily news is finally catching up with the Bible. Thats free speach, but when one reads the Clarions rules for blogging then we are regulated in many areas of speach or topics and if others complain about your message then you get the boot. It's the Politico-Religious Correctness thats gone absolutely bonkers nowdays.
But i do appreciate this forum and continue to plug along sharing and trying to warn people of reality and the need to not be Duped by the SuperDuper BOtoxers.

Sam Von Pufendorf
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Sam Von Pufendorf 11/15/12 - 06:45 pm
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Buy/Free

"...buying full page adds in the Clarion expressing my free speach..."
Do you see the irony in your post? Speach isn't "free" when you "buy" it!
The Clarion also excercises another constitutional right, that being, a free press. The press can publish or not publish at their own discretion. The rules matter not!!! However, if you read your posts and find your remarks inflamatory or are flaming (insighting hostile arguement rather than educated debate) that may be a reason for the deletion. I am not implying anyone who has had their comments deleted did such a thing, I am only saying it may be a possibility.

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 11/15/12 - 10:29 pm
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I do

The funny thing is that i see others prone to lean to the left that post insiteful messages ment to cause anger with every word of their posts yet they are allowed to continue on as long as it is against the right and is considered Politically correct and casts aside all common sence of logic or morals concerning the natural from the unnatural acts people commit now in this supposed free society of do what every makes you happy, unless it's against the lefts opinion, then it's not ok.
As for my paying for full page ads, i had certain topics that i wanted to share and chose to do that and i love irony.
I realize that it is not free speach as you said, but it is alot freer than not having it shared at all when one considers all the time and effort spent trying to get the message of Real Hope and Change to Believe in, and it's not the one we have now either.
So other than that how are you SVP? I am glad your back and posting again, i missed your words of wisdom and corrections as well and do like your sharing of info and it does help me alot in many differant areas.
Things are heating up are they not? Stock up on nonperishables while there in the stores and hang on there is about to be some major Campaign Disclosures made after the election and they ain't what was promised either i fear.
When i say i fear, does not mean i am affraid, it just means that i don't think it's gonna be a good Disclosure of ideals and actions for anyone that people wanted and are Hopeful of.

Sam Von Pufendorf
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Sam Von Pufendorf 11/16/12 - 06:10 am
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Media: "fair and balanced"

Yes WoW, I agree. I see the more liberal flamers posts allowed to stay as well. But that is at the papers discretion and prerogative which may (or may not) define its political leanings or at least those of the blog editor. You see? A "fair and balanced" media is very hard to find!
Flamers abound on this blog, left and right. I won't mention any names here, but one that tends to attempt to flame is from slowwwwdotna. A person that makes statements implying the need of a mental health professional is not in any manner contributing logically or intelligently to an informed debate. In turn, another will flame back at the first individual and before you know it you have the old "I know you are but what am I" match taking up time in what had started out to be an educated forum. And when someone responds to the first post, he admits his flame with a posting response of his own stating something to the effect "I knew that would rattle a few of you!" HOW JUVENILE! This individual is just one of several I see on here and think; "I wonder how their kids behave!?! Is this how they taught their children to use 'healthy' debate?"
Left or right, liberal or conservative, if the blog authors were to keep their posts civil and on topic (which I am not on topic at this point. Sorry), not only would most, if not all posts remain on line, but we all may learn something and possibly even change or re-enforce someone's opinion!
So if all of the "demo craps," "republipukes," "liberatards" and "right wing-nuts" would make an attempt at a debate above the 8th grade level (sorry 8th graders) we may all gain a little knowledge. But on the other hand ... 8th graders can be at times as entertaining as they are irritating!

Vincent Nusunginya
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Vincent Nusunginya 11/16/12 - 10:56 am
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On comment moderation

http://peninsulaclarion.com/posting-rules
http://peninsulaclarion.com/content/terms-service

In the interest of promoting a productive kind of discourse between neighbors and keeping this a safe venue for discussion from all points of view, we are reviewing new comments more closely and removing those we find to be antagonistic in intent.

This past week has already seen an elevation in the level of discourse, and I hope that everyone will continue to use this platform as a place to express their opinions and engage in healthy debate, and not as a place to taunt and harass.

To bring comments to our attention for review, please use the "flag for review" tool.

AKMaineIac
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AKMaineIac 11/16/12 - 11:14 am
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Good. Glad to see a degree of moderation here.

Seen the entire experience ruined in other places because of the problem of people simply commenting to rile people up and personally attack others.

Glad to see the closer degree of monitoring here.

Norseman
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Norseman 11/16/12 - 01:05 pm
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ditto, plus don't forget that

ditto, plus don't forget that the clarion provides an "Ignore User" feature. I have had to resort using it on a couple of posters.

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 11/20/12 - 12:42 pm
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VeryGood, SVP!!

Ifor one am glad to see this action by the Clarion.
As for the Ignore button, i find that use also very interesting and at times infantil as well.
I may not agree, but i always read other opinions and just shaker my head and giggle with unbelief at those that want to be smart or cute, yet fail at each.
I'm not the smartest knife in the drawer as i stated many times,but the little i do know is that there are alot of BS'ers out there that have no clue and only want to disrupt or prevent others from learning about ALL things needed to survive in this ever changing world.

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