by Ted Land
Thursday, April 1, 2010
JUNEAU, Alaska -- The state Senate Wednesday passed a bill that would toughen campaign finance laws.
The bill, which found bipartisan support, would require notice of who or what is funding political ads on television or in the newspaper.
The bill is in response to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, which allows groups to spend freely to support or oppose candidates or causes.
The next state election is about five months away, and lawmakers are moving fast to make sure that campaigns are more transparent.
"Both (Legislative Legal Services) and the attorney general told us we have to do something. We have to pass some bill to cover this now big open gap in our laws," said Sen. Hollis French, D-Anchorage.