U.S. Constitution

Transparency & the First Amendment

Transparency & the First Amendment

Voters have a right to know which wealthy special interests are spending big money to secretly influence our vote and our government to rig the political system in their favor.  

Political transparency advances the principles of the First Amendment by encouraging the exchange of ideas needed for voters to make informed decisions. The First Amendment’s overarching aim is to promote democratic self-governance and ensure that elected leaders are responsive to voters.  

The power of wealthy special interest money on our politics threatens our First Amendment right to have our voices heard. We need strong transparency laws to protect our First Amendment rights.

How Disclosure Laws Advance the Constitution’s Promise of Self-Government

To reduce political corruption, we need real transparency about who is spending big money on elections, so that politicians can no longer receive unlimited secret money from wealthy special interests to support their campaigns.