Ballot Measures Need Finance Reform Too

Since the passage last year of the McCain-Feingold campaign
finance reform bill, many skeptical of corrupt corporate donations
and weary of dollar-sign debates saw a glimmer of hope for American
politics?and perhaps even reason to return to the polls. There is,
however, an important reform that Congress overlooked., a project of the Ballot Initiative Strategy
Center (BISC), has been established to highlight that missing piece
and draw attention to an integral part of the ballot-building
process. ?Every election cycle, voters decide hundred of ballot
measures [initiatives and referenda] with little or no knowledge of
the groups or individuals backing them.? In 24 states, voters have
the right to adopt laws and even change the state constitutions by
placing legislation directly on the ballot. Unfortunately, this
lawmaking process has also been corrupted by unregulated corporate
money, which, often anonymously, funds massive media campaigns that
distort the issues. is designed to inform the
public, tracking individuals, corporations, and special interest
groups who contribute?without limit?to ballot measures.
Jessi Misslin

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