Massachusetts is poised to shine a light on super PACs.
Four years after the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling paved the way for independent expenditure committees to raise and spend unlimited funding, a new state bill would require committees, unions and corporations to reveal their donors.
“This is a great bill for adding more transparency to our elections,” said Pam Wilmot, executive director of Common Cause Massachusetts. “So many donors to political ads are now secret. This has been a top priority for us.”
Common Cause helped draft the original version of the disclosure bill four years ago.
After the House and Senate each passed similar versions of the disclosure bill, a legislative conference committee produced a new compromise bill Tuesday night. The full House and Senate approved the final bill and sent it to Gov. Deval Patrick.