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Vote no on campaign initiatives

Two Washington state ballot initiatives deal with campaign finance reform. Our recommendations: Initiative 1464: This reform effort spans two dozen pages and tries to achieve many goals. Too many. Boiling it down to a signature-gathering pitch must’ve been quite a challenge.

Ills of Citizens United visible in Idaho election

Are corporations people, my friends? The battle over campaign disclosure in Idaho’s education-reform campaign is the latest skunky fruit of Citizens United. The organizers of a nonprofit corporation that raised and spent some $200,000 on TV ads are refusing to turn over the names of donors. Idaho’s secretary of state, Ben Ysursa, is suing them for violating Idaho’s campaign disclosure law. Such is the depth of the group’s desire not to disclose that they offered to give back the donations rather than reveal the donors. Ysursa, God bless him, said no.

Campaign finance law doesn’t need party décor

A bill in Congress contains some ingredients for healthy campaign finance reform, but it’s ruined with gooey gamesmanship and a nutty partisan center. That’s too bad, because if the bill were stripped of its confection, it would fortify a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling. On the surface, the DISCLOSE Act is a response to the high court’s Citizens United ruling, which struck down many of the restrictions on corporate spending under the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law.