News release from League of Women Voters
Nashville, TN – The League of Women Voters today launched a radio ad campaign urging Senator Lamar Alexander and Senator Bob Corker to step up and lead on the vital issue of disclosure and campaign finance reform. The ad, “Flood of Money,” encourages the Senators to help bring sunshine and disclosure to the secret money pouring into American elections.
The 60-second spot is intended to educate and inform Tennessee citizens about the tidal wave of secret money flowing into election campaigns. “Voters should have the right to know who is financing ads relevant to elections. Currently, unlike candidates, corporations, unions, lobbyists, and special interest groups are not required to acknowledge that the ads reflect their personal opinion,” said Margie Parsley, state President of the League of Women Voters.
“It is very frustrating as a voter, lacking the knowledge of the funding source, to trust the information,” Parsley said. “We hope the League of Women Voter’s radio ads in Tennessee will lead to an informed discuss about disclosure laws.”
The ad calls on the Senators to, “Tell us you’ll let the sunshine in. Tell us you support full disclosure.”
The League has worked on campaign finance reform at the local, state and national levels for decades and is optimistic that these key public officials will speak out for disclosure and support giving the voters all the information they need to make their decisions on Election Day.
The ad concludes saying, “The League of Women Voters believes Americans deserve all the information they can get before they vote. Tell us where the money is coming from and let the voters decide.”
The League of Women Voters placed these ads in Tennessee and Maine, both states with Senators who can take the lead on the vital issue of disclosure and campaign finance reform.
“These four Senators are key actors on this important issue. They are in a position to make things right,” said Elisabeth McNamara, national President of the League of Women Voters.
The ads are made possible by a grant from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, NY. The ads are running on stations in Chattanooga and Nashville, TN and Bangor and Portland, ME from May 24-June 1, 2012. To listen to the ad running on Tennessee radio, click HERE.