From , Jeff Merkley U.S. Senate candidate from Oregon:
Ever since the Supreme Court’s outrageous Citizens United decision, corporate spending on political campaigns has skyrocketed.
But much of that spending never gets disclosed anywhere. We have no idea who is attempting to influence our elections.
Republicans in Congress may have blocked action, but the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has the power to do something about it. They can create a rule that requires corporations to disclose to their shareholders (and thus, to the public) whether and how much they are spending to influence voters.
But so far, the SEC has opted to do nothing. That’s not OK.
If we’re going to fix our democracy, we have to make sure that voters know who is trying to pick winners and losers in our elections.