Can we limit secret money from out-of-state interests that might try to hijack the convention or the election for their own purposes?


The U.S. Supreme Court has recently thrown out campaign finance restrictions that date from the Tillman Act of 1907, post-Watergate reforms of 1974, and the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, often called McCain-Feingold. But Rhode Island enacted a strong Ballot Advocacy Law in 2006 that outlaws efforts to disguise the “true origin of funds” and creates penalties up to triple the amounts spent in violation of the law or not reported. A 2012 law established rigorous standards for disclosure of independent expenditures and electioneering communications, including names of the top five donors paying for any commercial. These serve as deterrents to deceptive ads on TV, radio, the Internet, and other media.