Many voters now have to show identification to vote in the presidential election, but if people choose to impact the race by signing a check, the law doesn't require them to identify who they are. People can give millions and no one will know it.
This week, the Disclosure Act, (S.3369, Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections Act of 2012), a bill to require corporations and super PACs to disclose donations or political expenditures of $10,000 or more within 24 hours was presented to the U.S. Senate. It would allow the people to immediately see who were the big donors and on what their money was being spent.
En masse, Senate Republicans refused even to allow a vote on the bill.
Not long ago, when Democrats pushed to limit campaign spending, Republicans countered that full, immediate disclosure of political donations and expenditures was better to avoid corruption.
Now that the Supreme Court essentially outlawed political spending limits, Republicans have made a complete about-face and vehemently oppose disclosure.
Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once said "sunlight is the best disinfectant." Republicans, including Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, no longer believe that.
Salt Lake City