By Laurie Roberts, The Arizona Republic
Here’s a news flash: the Goldwater Institute believes that dark money should remain dark.
Not only that but that it’s your patriotic duty to ensure that voters never, never, never, never, EVER have the opportunity to find out who is trying to influence their vote when anonymous interests dump millions of dollars into campaigns aimed at getting certain people elected. Or not elected.
It seems Goldwater – which, according to the Center for Media and Democracy, gets fair chunk of its money from the conservative network set up by billionaires Charles and David Koch – is worried that “disclosure mandates are sweeping the country.”
Well, no worries here in Arizona, where the Republican-controlled Legislature has displayed absolutely no interest in transparency. Probably because the Koch-backed American Legislative Exchange Council has no interest in transparency.
But the Goldwater Institute is clearly concerned. So much so that it is “fighting back against the enemies of free speech” by producing a report on dark money and how disclosure would crumble the very foundation of our democracy here in the land of the free and the home of the not-so-brave.
The entire article can be viewed here.