League of Women Voters Forum Focuses on Campaign Contributions

February 16, 2018 10:41 PM

(ABC 6 News) – The League of Women Voters- Rochester held an event Friday talking about the impact money could have on elections in our area.

As the midterm election season kicks into high gear, the group is reminding voters to do their research.


“It's important to be educated as a voter, so we know what to look for as we are vetting candidates,” Catherine Davis from the group said.

Nearly 60 people attended the event, which featured Jeff Clements, who advocates for a constitutional amendment regulating campaign finance.

“I think most people don't want 'dark' money, I don't either, that ought not to be allowed, that you can have secret money driving our political process,” he said.

So-called dark money can't be traced, but on the flip side groups like political action coalitions (PACs) have to share a list of donors.

With fundraising efforts for candidates running for the first district congressional seat ramping up, candidates on both sides are raking in tens of thousands of dollars from PACs-- not considered dark money-- but coming from powerful interest groups.

“The whole point of reasonable campaign finance laws is to make sure that most people don't get wiped out while the big interests fight each other,” Clements said.

And for the league, they also hope to see more openness and less big money donations across the board.

“We always want to make sure the voters have a voice with their elected officials,” Davis said.


Logan Reigstad

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