Bill would require “Super PACs” disclose donors

Legislation would also raise limit for donations to candidates

BOSTON (WWLP) – Campaign ads are expensive, and as you see more of them on TV, it’s important to know where all that money is coming from.

Political action committees, or PACs for short, have long been known to raise money to fund campaign ads, but a new breed of these groups have lawmakers concerned. “Super PACs,” as they are known, are independent committees that can take in large sums of money to fund campaigns of their choice. They don’t work directly with political candidates, but they do take hefty donations from unions, corporations and wealthy donors who want to influence an election.

The Senate plans to debate a bill that would force Super PACs to list their top five donors at the end of an ad for both political candidates and ballot questions. Senate Majority Leader Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst) told 22 News that money is inevitable in American politics nowadays,  but adding that transparency would help voters.

“The more information the people have, the better so that they know who’s paying for that message and they can think twice about whether that candidate or that ballot question is something they want to support,” Rosenberg said.

The bill would also increase an individual’s donation for a candidate from $500 to $1,000 per year. The Senate plans to debate the bill Wednesday.

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