The Hill: Saying American businesses spend ‘dark money’ harms our democracy (In the News)

The Hill: Saying American businesses spend ‘dark money’ harms our democracy

By Scott Blackburn

When trade associations speak for their members, all Americans are better informed. If there’s a new tax, you want to know if it is going to endanger your job. Trade groups can let you know. If there’s a new healthcare bill, you want to learn how it will affect your employer’s plan. Trade groups provide this information. If a union is looking to pass a pro-labor bill, you want to hear the reasons why it might be a bad idea. Trade groups offer an alternative voice.

No one will agree with everything these groups have to say. But that’s okay. Democracy is built on all sides voicing their ideas…

Sadly, some activists want to stifle the debate. One such group, the Center for Political Accountability (CPA), is engaged in efforts to pressure and shame corporations into “voluntarily” telling you what associations they take part in…
They acknowledge that “companies continue to be named and in some cases shamed by the president.” Still, they want to stop businesses from having the privacy and benefits of trade associations. Perhaps the union-backed CPA doesn’t want businesses to talk about issues at all.