Voters' Right To Know
Alaskan Voters Pass Measure 2, Shining a Light on Dark Money
Wed, 18 Nov 2020 05:00:23 +0000
Transparency of political spending achieved a huge win today, as victory was declared for Measure 2 in Alaska. The citizen-initiated measure will bring full transparency to the true sources of money behind independent expenditures over $2,000 seeking to influence state races, making it one of the strongest laws in the nation. In addition, the measure…
In OR, Voters Pass Measure 107 to Advance Limits and Transparency with Overwhelming Support
Wed, 04 Nov 2020 07:08:34 +0000
Oregon voters have passed Measure 107, paving the way for contribution limits and increased transparency of political spending in state elections by explicitly declaring both to be constitutional. Currently, Oregon is one of just five states that does not limit the amount of money its candidates can receive from donors. With 78% support, the measure is…
VRTK-Backed Measures Highlighted in WaPo Op-Ed
Wed, 14 Oct 2020 20:43:43 +0000
An op-ed published today in the Washington Post by Danielle Allen, director of Harvard University’s Safra Center for Ethics, underscores the importance of several state-ballot measures that voters will decide on in November, including the pro-transparency measures in Alaska and Oregon supported by Voters’ Right to Know: With 2020 turnout likely to set records, this energy…
What Can be Done to Reduce Influence of Dark Money on Ohio Energy Policy£
Fri, 02 Oct 2020 20:35:59 +0000
An article published by the Energy News Network profiles dark money’s corrupting influence on Ohio energy policy — as seen most egregiously in the impact it played on the outcome of Ohio HB6, and the scandal surrounding Larry Householder. The article includes a quote from VRTK executive director Jay Costa: “Dark money is really how…
On Panel Promoting Measure 2, Jay Costa Speaks about Opportunity to Stop Dark Money in Alaska
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:22:29 +0000
VRTK’s Jay Costa joins in conversation with Jeff Clements of American Promise, Catie Kelley of Campaign Legal Center, and Paula DeLaiarro of Alaskans for Better Elections to discuss how Measure 2 on the November ballot will give Alaskans the ability to know who’s trying influence their decisions at the ballot box.
Jay Costa Joins OH Common Cause to Discuss Solutions to Dark Money in Ohio
Thu, 27 Aug 2020 20:11:42 +0000
In a panel convened by OH Common Cause, VRTK executive director Jay Costa joins Patrick Llewellyn of the Campaign Legal Center and Ian Vandewalker of the Brennan Center to discuss solutions to the problem of dark money in Ohio — particularly urgent in the wake of the pay-to-play scandal surrounding Larry Householder.
VRTK Submits Voter Pamphlet Statement in Support of Measure 107
Tue, 25 Aug 2020 20:30:03 +0000
In support of Oregon Ballot Measure 107, Voters’ Right to Know submitted the following statement for publication in the Oregon Voter Pamphlet: Vote YES on Ballot Measure 107 for More Transparent Elections. Each election, special interests spend millions of dollars to buy results that benefit their own bottom lines, often at great cost to ordinary…
VRTK Announces Endorsement of Oregon’s ‘Fair and Honest Elections’ Amendment
Mon, 27 Jul 2020 20:33:30 +0000
Voters’ Right to Know is proud to announce its endorsement of Oregon’s Fair and Honest Elections Amendment, which will appear on the November 2020 ballot. The amendment would authorize the Oregon State Legislature to limit campaign contributions, require transparency of the sources of campaign contributions and expenditures, and require that political advertisements identify the entities…
Opinion: It’s Time to End Dark Money in Ohio
Thu, 23 Jul 2020 20:05:06 +0000
With over $1B dollars in dark money flowing into American elections over the past decade, to say that any one instance of secret spending might be the most flagrantly corrupt would be to bestow quite a distinction. But the scandal unfurling in Ohio around House Speaker Larry Householder is shaping up to be a strong…
Jay Costa: Real Transparency Would Curb the ‘Deep Fakes’ Problem
Fri, 26 Jun 2020 20:00:01 +0000
In a panel hosted by Slow Ventures, VRTK Executive Director Jay Costa discusses the problem of “deep fakes” with Sam Lessin (Slow Ventures) and Pedram Keyani (former Facebook Director of Engineering), making the argument that, in the realm of politics, this is a problem we solve easily by giving voters a “right to know” the…
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