Real transparency means more government accountability, less corruption.
Voters have a right to know which wealthy special interests are spending big money in elections. But wealthy special interests are trying to get around providing financial records by any means possible. The threat of unidentifiable money is omnipresent and is taking new forms in the age of digitalization and globalization. Despite the widespread use of social media and other online platforms, there is no federal requirement for disclosure of funding for digital political ads. That means anyone who is able can pay to say whatever they want about a given candidate, without anyone knowing who is providing that information.
Robust transparency laws can prevent this and identify it quickly when it does happen. To reduce political corruption, we need real transparency about who is spending big money on elections. These reform measures stop secret spending in elections.