Originally Published: March 1, 2018 6 a.m.
Kudos to our Courier editor for his well written, Feb. 15 editorial, “Lawmakers embrace dark money once again.”
If you don’t know, “dark money” is the result of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that allows political campaigns to legally be influenced by an infusion of sometimes millions of dollars from what are called “social welfare organizations.”
Those organizations don’t have to reveal where the money comes from. Good people running for office can now be smeared anonymously with sometimes false or misleading television commercials and mailings.
Defenders of dark money say campaign contributors need to be protected from being harassed or bullied by people who disagree with their political stand. What ever happened to standing up for what you believe?
Thank you to our state representative, Noel Campbell, for being the lone member of his party to vote against House Bill 2153.
It would take a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s disastrous, 2010 decision. And at least a dozen organizations are working to bring about an amendment. Prescott Area Move to Amend is one such organization.
The safety of our democracy demands that we put an end to dark money.