DISCLOSE volunteers from SF, Palo Alto and Berkeley wrote in response to a favorable editorial published June 1st. Read the letters here.
Who opposes disclosure?
Thank you for your editorial "Fuller disclosure" (June 1) urging the state Assembly to continue to advance SB52 (the California Disclose Act) after its passage through the Senate. I couldn't agree more.
Voters need to know, when they see or hear a political ad, who the top three funders of that ad really are. An informed electorate is essential to a functioning democracy.
One thing stopped me, though. You called the Senate voting results curiously close for a bill without a single listed official opponent. But that's the point of such a measure. Of course opponents of disclosure in political advertising don't want to be listed anywhere. I suspect that the opposing of SB52 has been done behind closed doors, promising or threatening who-knows-what to legislators despite overwhelming support for disclosure among said legislators' constituents. These are the same big-money political donors who hide behind a fake but nice-sounding committee name like Stop Hidden Taxes when trying to influence voters with advertising.
Joni Eisen, San Francisco
Follow the money
I agree we need to know who pays for political ads. Then we can follow the money, so to speak, to find out if the ad serves our public interest or just some private special interest.
The bill would prevent donors being camouflaged behind a fake feel-good name like Citizens for Lower Taxes.
Bill Walzer, Berkeley
Voters demand to know
Thank you for the excellent editorial about SB52, the California Disclose Act, passing the state Senate and moving to the Assembly. Sens. Mark Leno and Jerry Hill are to be commended for their leadership in garnering a two-thirds victory for SB52.
Although the issue faces a typical partisan divide in the Legislature, voters of every political stripe want better disclosure on political ads.
I salute Republican Sen. Anthony Cannella for his "yes" vote and hope that his Republican colleagues in the Assembly follow his lead. They can take courage from the fact that 78 percent of Republican voters favor this measure.
Nancy Neff, Palo Alto