Monday, September 15, 2008

What good are campaign disclosures

You've heard a lot about the various candidates' supporters. Sometimes they're classified as "special interests" or "corporate lobbyists." Sometimes a campaign will herald its grass roots support, you know, the regular people. Much of this is based on the information the donor provides and/or the organization reports. But how easy is that information to spoof or merely (conveniently?) report incorrectly? For example, in April of 2007, Ann Lynch was a DFL State Senator yet she reported (or the DFL did) that she was a "homemaker." Certainly the DFL knew she was a Senator -- they campaigned vigorously on her behalf!

So then, what is the value of the disclosures if they are inaccurate?

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