Can’t Teach Old Legislators New Tricks
Comrade Donnis shine’s the light on a bad veto-override:
Justice Brandeis famously said that sunlight is the best disinfectant. So it is with campaign donations and the public’s ability to scrutinize them.
If people know who and what is funding their lawmakers, it makes it that much easier to guard against criminal behavior and garden-variety conflicts of interest. The public has an interest in public officials knowing that this information is publicly available.
That’s why the General Assembly made a bad move by reducing the number of Rhode Island politicians who need to file fundraising and campaign spending reports.
The claim is that too many of the older legislators just ain’t computer savvy enough to work them newfangled computers and file campaign donations electronically. Right. Rep. Nick Gorham:
“I don’t really think the issue is about protecting the elderly here….There are people in this room that just don’t want the data in that kind of format with the Board of Elections, where the public will be able to more easily access it …because our history has been to oppose such things; the history of the party in control has been to oppose public information on campaign finance. That’s too bad.”
But entirely predictable.