Proposal to require reporting of independent campaign expenditures gets cleared | Arkansas Blog

Friday, July 24, 2015

Proposal to require reporting of independent campaign expenditures gets cleared

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 12:53 PM

The attorney general has approved the form of a proposed initiated act that would require reporting of contributions to independent political ads.

The proposal was submitted by David Couch on behalf of the Regnat Populus grassroots good government group. It will require signatures of 67,887 registered voters, not an easy task and one made more difficult by new restrictions on canvassing.

Current law has been interpreted to require no reporting for ad campaigns that don't "expressly advocate" the election or defeat of a political candidate. That has produced millions in advertising clearly intended to help or hurt candidates, but with backers hiding behind the protection of not using the words vote "for" or "against."

This proposal would:

* Cover communications that "functionally advocate" for or against a candidate.

* Require reporting by anyone who spends $2,000 or more in a calendar year.

* Require reporting of any person who contributed at least $200 to the expenditures.

* Maintain a website that identifies the 10 biggest givers.

* Supply information about top funders in advertising.

* Urge the Arkansas congressional delegation to support and the General Assembly to ratify a U.S. constitutional amendment to override the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United, the so-called corporate personhood decision. It would prohibit corporate spending on elections.

A couple of predictions: Huge sums will be spent to defeat this should it reach the ballot. The ruling political class will not embrace it. And, if it passes, the Arkansas congressional delegation and legislature will ignore the will of the people, knowing better than they the value of corporate citizenry.

Some money remains from past ethics drives that could be contributed to a petition-gathering campaign.

Tags: , , , ,


Favorite

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • UA-Little Rock copes with enrollment decline and charter high school

    UA-Little Rock is facing a financial pinch because of a sharp drop in enrollment and Chancellor Andrew Rogerson talked bluntly about it Friday in a campus meeting, remarks that included a reference to simmering unhappiness over the eStem charter high school that opened on campus last year.
    • Sep 22, 2018
  • Huckabee used to promote re-election of tax cheat Mickey Gates

    A reader reports that re-election billboards for felony-charged tax deadbeat Mickey Gates, the Republican state representative from Hot Springs, feature an endorsement by Mike Huckabee.
    • Sep 22, 2018
  • Demonstrators, small crowd greet Mike Pence at French Hill rally

    Demonstrators have been allowed near the front door of the Statehouse Convention Center where carefully screened guests, not many, will be enjoying Mike Pence's endorsement of Republican Rep. French Hill. Plenty of security and I think it might be more fun outside.
    • Sep 21, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Your daily dose of Jason Rapert

    Sen. Jason Rapert really, really didn't like it when a KATV reporter asked him about the hypocrisy of his political arguments.
    • Feb 4, 2017
  • Tom Cotton's influence on Trump's new security chief

    U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton is getting credit for pushing President Donald Trump to select Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser, Politico reports.
    • Feb 21, 2017
  • Campus gun bill clears committee

    The so-called compromise amendment that will allow anyone 25 or older with a training certificate carry a concealed weapon on public college campuses was approved in a Senate committee this afternoon.
    • Feb 21, 2017

Slideshows

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation