Bill to ID Backers of Political Ads Sent to Congress
A bipartisan, bicoastal group of congressmen introduced a bill Wednesday to the U.S. House of Representatives to increase accountability for campaign spending.
The Political Accountability and Transparency Act, or H.R. 7267, seeks to mitigate the codependence of super PACs and political candidates by forcing television, radio and online campaign ads, as well as other canvassing materials, to disclose their top donors.
“Voters have a right to know who is bankrolling campaign ads. And it would seem obvious that lawmakers shouldn’t be using donors’ PAC money to fund golf memberships, trips to five-star resorts, and Disney World vacations,” said Trevor Potter, president of the Campaign Legal Center and a former Republican chairman of the Federal Election Commission, in a statement.