Tennessee Senators Alexander and Corker, and Maine Senators Collins and Snowe Urged to Support Disclosure

Washington, D.C. (May 24, 2012) - The League of Women Voters today launched a radio ad campaign urging Senator Lamar Alexander, Senator Bob Corker, Senator Susan Collins and Senator Olympia Snowe to step up and lead on the vital issue of disclosure and campaign finance reform.  The ad, “Flood of Money,” encourages the Senators to help bring sunshine and disclosure to the secret money pouring into American elections.

The 60-second spot seeks to educate and inform Tennessee and Maine citizens about the tidal wave of secret money flowing into election campaigns.  “It is so important for the issue of secret money in elections to be placed squarely in front of the public,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, national President of the League of Women Voters. 

“The ad will likely reinforce what many have been hearing in the news – that current law allows corporations, unions, lobbyists and special interests to spend millions to get the elected officials they want into power, and to do so in complete secrecy,” MacNamara said.

The ad calls on the Senators to, “Tell us you’ll let the sunshine in. Tell us you support full disclosure.” MacNamara says that, “These four Senators are key actors on this important issue.  They are in a position to make things right.”

The League has worked on campaign finance reform at the local, state and national levels for decades and is optimistic that these key public officials will speak out for disclosure and support giving the voters all the information they need to make their decisions on Election Day. 

The ad concludes saying, “The League of Women Voters believes Americans deserve all the information they can get before they vote.  Tell us where the money is coming from and let the voters decide.” 

The League of Women Voters of Tennessee and the League of Women Voters of Maine join in this effort.  The ads are made possible by a grant from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, NY.  The ads will run on stations in Chattanooga and Nashville, TN and Bangor and Portland, ME from May 24-June 1, 2012.  To listen to the ad running on Tennessee radio, click HERE.  To hear the ad airing in Maine, click HERE.

CONTACT: Kelly Ceballos at kceballos@lwv.org