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Transparency in Political Campaigns

Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012

Ann Ravel, chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, discussed the effect of the Supreme Court's Citizens United case on the 2012 elections, especially at the state and local level, at a recent presentation to the Ethics Center's Public Sector Roundtable. 

Ravel stressed the importance of transparency in the process.  Disclosure, she argued, allows voters to understand where the money comes from so that they can assess the validity of campaign claims. "We have to have enough disclosure so people know what they need to know about the candidates," she said.

Tags: campaigns and elections, government ethics, transparency