Originally published in the Ann Arbor News, Bay City Times, Flint Journal, Grand Rapids Press, Jackson Citizen Patriot, Kalamazoo Gazette, Muskegon Chronicle, Saginaw News
January 5, 2014
Sorry Governor Snyder, but I have to call bullshit on this one. Hiding the names of contributors to issue ads is a defense of the first amendment? Really? This country was quite literally founded on the idea of full accountability and disclosure on issues. The signers of the Declaration of Independence did not hide behind a made-up organization name. They used their own names. And while they too risked the harassment of the bloggers of their day (publishers of pamphlets and placards), they also risked some very real medieval punishments for treason: hanging, beheading, drawn and quartered, etc. So simply identifying yourself when you pay to have an ad run seems pretty patriotic, don’t you think? Well, that’s my opinion. If you have a problem with that, there’s my name, email address, Twitter account, and picture right there.