State GOP split over disclosing ad funders

1:46 PM, Nov 14, 2013   |    comments
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan's secretary of state is proposing an end to secretly funded political ads.

Republican Ruth Johnson on Thursday proposed a rule to require sponsors of so-called "issue" ads to file reports with the state and meet current campaign finance requirements.

But just two hours later, the Republican-controlled Senate narrowly passed a bill that would block her move.

Michigan now says only ads urging voters to support or oppose a specific candidate are subject to disclosure requirements. Issue ads that define a candidate's suitability for office without directly urging a "yes" or "no" vote are exempt.

Johnson says voters deserve to know who is paying for the ads.

The proposed rule goes to an agency in Republican Gov. Rick Snyder's administration. Johnson says Snyder is supportive of her plan.



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