Democrats Urge Caucus to Confrton Shadowy Independent Groups
From the HUFFINGTON POST:
Democrats may be launching a new offensive against the secretive independent expenditure groups that are springing up daily, with attendees at Wednesday’s House Democratic Caucus meeting encouraged to confront these organizations and shine a light on their practices.
Last week, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), accompanied by journalists from The Huffington Post and The Washington Post, went to the Capitol Hill headquarters of a group that has been airing attack ads against him and attempted to ask them to make its donors public. The man who answered the door, however, denied being associated with the group, even though subsequent research showed he was. DeFazio’s encounter marked the first time a lawmaker has so pointedly confronted one of these groups, which, because of recent court rulings, are largely able to operate without public scrutiny.
“We’ve got to take it to them,” he told The Huffington Post. “I’m an activist, always have been my whole life, and I’m going there to confront them and say, ‘Who are you, and why are you so afraid to disclose where your money comes from?’”…
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