Wilk goes against voter wants

By Carole Lutness, Commentary

I received correspondence from Scott Wilk recently saying why he didn't support SB 27, which requires nonprofit organizations to disclose the names, addresses and employers of donors of $1,000 or more when their funds are used to make contributions or expenditures of more than $50,000 in any one year, or more than $100,000 over four years.

Wilk cited "privacy" as his reasoning for voting against this "Clean Money" bill.

Thank goodness it passed with three Republicans voting for it.

It baffles me how Wilk goes against what voters clearly want, which is "transparency" in elections. The people want to know who is funding candidates and propositions because this helps them make informed choices and not be manipulated by slick media campaigns.

A March 2013 PPIC survey found that 84 percent of likely voters want increased public disclosure of funding sources for initiative campaigns, including 80 percent of Republicans.

Nearly 20,000 Californians signed petitions for SB 27.

Justice Antonin Scalia, writing in Doe v. Reed, 2010, about disclosure of names on ballot petitions, stated: "Requiring people to stand up in public for their political acts fosters civic courage, without which democracy is doomed.

"For my part, I do not look forward to a society which, thanks to the Supreme Court, campaigns anonymously and even exercises the direct democracy of initiative and referendum hidden from public scrutiny and protected from the accountability of criticism. This does not resemble the Home of the Brave."

Wilk still has a chance to prove he's not completely against transparency by voting yes on SB 52, the California DISCLOSE Act, the bill to make political ads show who's really paying for them.

See the article on Santa Clarita Valley Signal website

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