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Tag: Reporting Requirements
By Corinthian Scales, Section News
Ruth is perhaps the only person I will be voting for this fall.
By JGillman, Section News
Folks at The Mackinac Center and I will nearly NEVER disagree.
Particularly on issues of such magnitude as transparency or government influence in our daily lives. Yet a presumed difference between private and government monetary involvement on any issue seems to be enough to persuade its scholars that transparency is not an absolute. Where government monies are spent it seems, is far more important to your freedoms than that which is expended to influence those expenditures or other acts. And that personal monies expended to influence government are not necessarily an impact on any personal liberties to warrant a demand for transparency.
We DO agree that limits should be removed from campaign finance. We agree that limiting to an arbitrary amount can impede free speech and political expression. What is considered a fair contribution into the process is a completely subjective matter that can only be resolved by the person who is willing to contribute into that process. A person's individual priorities and where a subject reaches a level of importance are hardly the providence of external assignment.
Thus the most accurate manner in which to protect what is a sovereign right is to allow, nay, PROTECT, that person's ability to engage in the process at a level appropriate to that person alone. Our place, and that of government should be to prevent that which would infringe on such activity and instead encourage a stake in the game.
In other words, if an individual wishes to personally expend $1 Million on a county commission race for a friend, there should be no objection from government. If it was to advocate bonding for a new swimming pool in a community, that money expended by itself guarantees no votes, and it is that person's right to seek such approvals.
And anyhow, some things can be overdone.
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By JGillman, Section News
Here hoping that Michigan State Representatives don't forget it when it gets to them.
A recent in-box treat from the "Michigan Freedom Fund" declares a victory in the name of free speech. The release says:
"LANSING, November 14, 2013 - Michigan Freedom Fund President Greg McNeilly today released the following statement after Senate Bill 661 passed 20-18 in the Senate:But what was this good thing that was done?
Ruth Johnson apparently triggered a legislative action with a recent press release and intent on expanding reporting by shadow groups.
" LANSING, Mich. - Saying the public has a right to know who is behind some of the most negative advertising in political campaigning, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today proposed a sweeping new disclosure rule.Transparency, we support frankly. As usual, McNeilly is off the mark because he didn't tell the whole story.
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