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Letter: Stop hidden money for campaign ads

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Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 5:15 am

It is time for Congress to put a stop to allowing hidden money (much of which comes from out of state) from influencing local and state elections.

I recently saw one ad in which the candidate was vilified as being an Obama supporter, and it aired before I even got to see one of that candidate’s own ads. This candidate is a conservative who quietly goes about his business, and who personifies what most voters look for in a candidate, and to associate him with the likes of Obama is just malicious and wrong. Worse yet, the money that paid for the hate ad is protected by law so that its donors can remain anonymous.

All voters should care (and know) who pays for campaign ads, especially hate ads, and should be concerned why they are being aired and by whom.

It is time for Congress to put a stop to this farce, and let the voters know who and why these hate ads are being aired. It seems unfair to me that one of these ads can shape public opinion about a candidate, and no one even knows who is paying for them. An election can be influenced even before a candidate gets a chance to go on record about what he stands for. That just seems unfair.

Richard Moore

Mesa

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