Secretary of State Wants Disclosure of Ad Funders

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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.

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 running in the 30 days before a primary election and in the 60 days leading up to a general election.

The proposed rule goes to an agency in Gov. Rick Snyder's administration. Johnson says Snyder is supportive of her plan. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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