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Opinion - March 4, 2016

Council should enact strong disclosure rules for campaign spending

by Lucas Ramirez and Emily Ramos

When voters question the integrity of an election, the ability of government to function effectively is compromised. Money in politics, particularly "dark money" spent by campaign committees with deliberately opaque names to conceal the identities and motives of the donors, has been shown to contribute to the perception of corruption. Transparency, accountability, and public accessibility of information are crucial to prevent the erosion of the public's confidence and trust in their elected representatives and in government generally.

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