E-mail Story   Print Story
  Comments (0) Total Friday Apr. 18, 2014
LETTER: Support Transparent Campaign Financing
Petitions are circulating to put Initiative 168 on the November ballot. This “Sunshine in Political Spending Act” is “to bring integrity back to Montana politics through transparency and accountability of political contributions and expenditures...”

Do we want to be a nation of, by and for secret PACs, or a land of, by and for the people? We should all be united to keep our cherished election process free from false information. I-168 would eliminate “dark money,” which is unlimited and unidentified campaign money fueling secret organizations which often circulate untrue information against candidates. It is a tool of both parties, so this is a bipartisan issue.

Some of these secret organizations exist only with a post office box address and were used to attack a number of candidates for public office in Montana in 2012. It is a disastrous result of the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous decision in favor of Citizens United.

A federal and state election law attorney in Terre Haute, Indiana, shepherded Citizens United through the U.S. Supreme Court. This decision gave him the opportunity to interfere in 60 election-related cases around the country and to raise havoc in Montana.

A Montana attorney with close connections to American Tradition Partnership, an organization, which churned out massive false propaganda, teamed with the Indiana attorney to successfully overturn Montana's Campaign Finance Law. This created an uncontrollable mechanism for the secret organizations, fueled by unidentified “dark money,” to circulate untrue information against a number of candidates in 2012.

Many individuals have been fooled into supporting these actions as “freedom of speech.” Issuing slanderous misinformation in attacks against a candidate is ABUSE of free speech. It has enabled a leadership that attempts to intimidate into subjection legislators outside of its clique. This is the sort of subversion we read about in other countries. Will we permit it to continue here in Montana?

You can participate in putting an end to this form of corruption. Support the petition drive to put Initiative 168 (I-168) on the November ballot. While it does not go far enough, it is a step to let our legislators know that we the people insist on honesty, transparency, and reasonable campaign finance laws. Hopefully the legislature will create these reporting guidelines and move on to set limits on what individual candidates can spend in future election campaigns and eliminate outside money and special interest PACs from determining who our Montana elected officials will be.

The petition gives notice to our legislators in the 2014 session that we the people want an end to corruption through legislation for transparent campaign financing. For more information go to http://stopdarkmoney.com. Please sign and circulate a petition!

Mimi Milheim
No comments have been posted for this article.

  • LETTER: Campaign Litter
    James Conner said: "Durational limits on political signs are unconstitutional. If Flathead County’s current ordinance on durational limits were challenged in court, it would be struck down. See…
  • Obama: 8 Million Signed Up for Health Care
    bopho said: "Gators - You should let everybody know that the article you refer to in the WSJ is an opinion piece and not a news article…
  • Obama: 8 Million Signed Up for Health Care
    iceman said: "The really scary part of this is the fact that this is unfunded. It is proppped up with iou’s. They did nothing to attack the…
  • Job Hunting in Lincoln County
    montanaeasy56 said: "Oh, for a return to the good old days. Back in the day, democrats owned Lincoln County politics. Even known republicans ran as democrats to…
  • Obama: 8 Million Signed Up for Health Care
    Gators said: "WSJ Article today 4/18.  Sweden, has socialize medicine.  The article stated the avg. family pays $20,000 to cover this so called free system.  Almost everything…
Kellyn Brown
Kellyn Brown5h
"If we made decisions on permits this way in MT, our economy would grind to a halt" @GovernorBullock on #KeystoneXL delay
Dillon Tabish
Dillon Tabish2h
Montana leaders sound off on Keystone XL delay http://t.co/H1Z6oRtfis #mtnews #mtpol
Molly Priddy
Molly Priddy2h
@natashavc @TaraAriano @allyzay Oh no, I've been thinking it's a room for all your types of mustards. Recalibrating my ideas now.
Tristan Scott
Tristan Scott16 Apr
Your Survival Guide To Coachella http://t.co/hlyov5FZjv via @IamJessicaLima http://t.co/0b5csXZiN8
Flathead Beacon
FB Headlines3h
Baucus Casts Wide Shadow Over Montana Senate Race http://t.co/KATSG942LL