In the News: MyWestTexas: Senate Bill 346 ‘darkly undermines speech’

By Michael Quinn Sullivan

If we were their intended target, they failed miserably. Instead, they will subject to threats and intimidation donors to tea party groups, home-school organizations, right-to-life advocates and civil rights causes.

They falsely describe SB 346 as a new kind of transparency. It is nothing of the sort. True transparency — legislation requiring legislators to disclose what sweetheart contracts they and close family members get from government entities — was buried by legislative lackeys and left to die procedurally on the calendar.

Instead, they fast-tracked legislation returning Texas to the dark days of official suppression and political oppression.

Article continues: The Center for Competitive Politics, founded by the former chairman of the Federal Elections Commission, described it as “unclear what threat SB 346 is meant to address.” After all, they write, independent political expenditures — dollars spent by entities not beholden to any political party or candidate — made up “less than 1 percent of the total amount spent by all candidates for statewide and legislative office.”

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The Center for Competitive Politics is now the Institute for Free Speech.