Stephen Colbert, host of The Colbert Report, is in Washington today to register his new Super PAC with the FEC. As he has said on the show, it’s his intention to have the Colbert Super PAC raise unlimited funds to buy political ads.
But do we really need another shadowy organization out there influencing our politicians? We don’t think so, and we bet you agree with us. We believe that Colbert, and any other Super PAC, must disclose their donors. Our democracy depends on it.
If you love democracy, then you should join us as we demand the information we need to follow the money in politics.
Mr. Colbert, have you no sense of decency? Bears are not the number one threat to America. Undisclosed political spending is.
Last year, the Supreme Court ruled that outside groups that take unlimited political donations from any source, commonly known as Super PACs, can now spend unlimited amounts of money in political campaigns. The Federal Election Commission has yet to set up rules to track this flood of money into the political system, so we’ve made it easy for you to do it yourself. Click here to learn more.
Although we're rounding up our sleuth of transbearency bears to meet Colbert at the FEC and demand disclosure today, we've got more up our sleeves. Stay with us to learn what you can do to help.
Don’t let Big Colbert push around your vote this year. Join Sunlight, follow the money, and take a stand for transparency.
Over the past two months we've had a series of guest bloggers offering insight to the work they're doing, the tools they're using and important trends they've identified in the transparency movement.
12/2 - Tools for Transparency: GovSM by Josh Shpayher
Josh Shpayher talks about the importance of social media in transparency and it's use by our government and elected officials. GovSM.com, which he founded, is one of the best tools for keeping track of government and political social media use.
12/15 - Tools for Transparency...Are Delicious by Jed Sundwall
Jed Sunwall highlights the power of social bookmarking service Delicious.com and its uses for the transparency movement.
12/23 - Tools for Transparency: Open Atrium by Joshua Gay
1/6 - Tools for Transparency: Google Refine by Rebekah Heacock
1/14 - Tools for Transparency: A Look from Abroad - Transparency Tools in Latin America by Mario Roset and Rosario Gonzalez Morón
Mario Roset and Rosario Gonzalez Morón describe transparency and open government initiatives happening around Latin America.
1/27 - Tools for Transparency: Super PAC Sleuthing with Reddit by Erik Martin
Erik Martin describes the partnership between Reddit and the Sunlight Foundation for the Super PAC Sleuth project and crowdsourcing investigative work.