An Iowa state senator says he’ll reintroduce legislation this year that would force disclosure for every person, organization and corporation that contributes to political campaigns.
Sen. Jeff Danielson, D-Cedar Falls, said he’ll push three bills:
The Senate passed Danielson’s campaign disclosure bill last year, but it was never picked up in the House.
Danielson was joined by Senate President Pam Jochum, D-Dubuque, at a Statehouse rally Wednesday that included members from the League of Women Voters, Iowa Public Interest Research Group and Iowa Move to Amend, which supports a U.S. constitutional amendment to withhold constitutional rights from corporations. Data collected by the groups showed that 96.21 percent of the money spent on Iowa House races came from groups registered outside the state. Those groups spent $8.3 million, and 36.6 percent of those dollars came from undisclosed donors.
What do you think? Should public disclosure be required for all political contributions in Iowa?