The court’s decision in Delaware Strong Families is a strong victory for transparency in our elections. It reaffirms that every American has a right to know who is attempting to influence our elections, that disclosure laws are constitutional, and that the court views them as a vital hedge against political corruption.
Delaware’s disclosure law was strengthened in 2012; this decision should be the impetus for additional legislation to further improve it and other anti-corruption statutes. The nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity gave Delaware’s government an ‘F’ for integrity last year; only two states scored lower. We were 24th in public access to public information and 34th in disclosure requirements for lobbyists. We must do better.
Office: Common Cause Delaware
Issues: Money in Politics
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