Category Archives: Musings in Sunlight

Links and comments on why we, the voters, must do what our politicians will not and cannot do, open the books on their funding sources.

OK, It’s Been Awhile!

I just saw this video of the Brazilian hackers exposing corruption of their government officials. It prompted an immediate government change of policy and is an excellent example of shining sunlight on the shadowy relationships of the powerful and their … Continue reading

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Sunlight Can Bring Change

Here’s an example of one man who shined the light of truth and brought change: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/27/business/media/27stewart.html?pagewanted=1&ref=health Imagine how effective millions of shafts of sunlight shining on the activities of our elected officials would be in bringing about change to how … Continue reading

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Another Reason for Demanding Sunlight!

The closeness of fundraising to impending votes, and the denial of outside influence from hidden donations begs reason: http://totalbuzz.ocregister.com/2010/12/27/congress-members-take-cash-then-vote/46192/ Make your elected representative open their schedule and finances so that you can decide the truth of the influences upon their … Continue reading

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Local Effects of Hidden Campaign Contributions

Here’s a report on a local campaign contribution lawsuit and its effects on how interest groups hid money:http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/nov/28/political-contributions-become-more-obscure-in/ With a strong “Sunlight Pledge” that would contemporaneously reveal money sources to politicians, we, the voting public would have a clear understanding … Continue reading

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It starts Early!

Read about how the financing train starts long before a pol is elected: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/21/us/politics/21romney.html?ref=politics This is yet another example of how twisted our campaign financing laws have become. Not only will Mitt Romney be beholden to the unnamed and silent … Continue reading

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Bringing Creativity to The Senate!

A new, and sickening, twist to corporate lobbying of politicians: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/14/us/politics/14coats.html?hp Dan Coats says that, if he’s selected as Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, he won’t favor the companies he lobbied for, honest! This is a brazen conflict of … Continue reading

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Details on The Inner Workings of Political Financing

This article, about the trial of Tom DeLay, has details of how he manipulated campaign finances to his benefit in Texas:http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/07/us/politics/07delay.html?pagewanted=1&hpw How much more of this type of corruption is going on behind the scenes? How much more of it … Continue reading

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