Brad Messer Commentary
Tuesday, April 1, 2003


Hiding Campaign Donations

It is time to congratulate the city council member who has tried to make the local election process transparent— to make it easy to look up campaign donations.

What a wonderful idea. To put on the city website, a database of who gave how much to which politicians. A searchable, sortable record. If you or I want to see which companies, families, individuals or PACS donated to so and so, a couple clicks of the mouse would do it.

Say there's a vote coming on a land development project. Just go to the city database and see who the developers gave money to. What could be simpler? What could shed more light on who is bought by whom, and who isn't.

So who on the city council presented the plan to make the election process transparent?

It was... no one.

Just to insure that everyone understands how many city council members have made moves to open up campaign finance records, I reiterate: the total is none.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.


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