Transparency has been a pillar of election regulation for decades. Voters deserve to know who is trying to influence their vote. Strong disclosure laws give voters the tools they need to weigh competing political messages and make informed decisions at the ballot box. Comprehensive disclosure allows voters to hold elected officials accountable for their relationships with the donors who favor them.
Court decisions, including Citizens United, created new opportunities for donors to give unlimited amounts in secret. Hidden sources have pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into federal elections in recent years. Innovative Brennan Center research has revealed the extent to which transparency has plummeted in election spending at the state and local level.
The Brennan Center fights to ensure the public can see all campaign money, not just the portion special interests deign to permit.