Phila. Inquirer endorses parts of Schumer-Van Hollen

This Phildadelphia Inquirer editorial endorses the Schumer-Van Hollen framework for reforms after Citizens United.

Groups running ads for or against a candidate would be required to report their donors to the Federal Election Commission. They’d also need to identify the top five donors in the advertising. And, in some cases, a corporate CEO would have to appear on camera to say that he or she approves “this message,” just as candidates do.

These proposed rules could be, and should be, in place in time for the general election this year.

In 2008 I noted that “stand by your ad” disclaimers can have their own issues.

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