Alaskans have the opportunity to vote “Yes” on Ballot Measure 2 this fall, which would shine a light on secret spending in the state’s elections. The “Bad Ass Grandmas,” who successfully fought for a similar ballot initiative in North Dakota in 2018, wrote an op-ed in the Juneau Empire urging Alaskans to vote “Yes on 2” for greater transparency and less corruption.
Ballot Measure 2 would require disclosure of the true source of any campaign contribution greater than $2,000 to a candidate or an Independent Expenditure group supporting that candidate within 24 hours. Any group receiving more than 50 percent of its funding from outside Alaska must provide a disclaimer with that information on all public communications.
Voters have a right to know which wealthy special interests are spending big money to secretly influence government and rig the political system in their favor.