Re: “Citizens should update, fund Public Disclosure Commission” (column, 8-28)
Peter Callaghan makes a valid point that Public Disclosure Commission should be funded and be active.
Another side of the picture concerns the Public Records Accountability (Sunshine) Committee.
It is certainly in the public’s interest for the PDC to publish the record of candidates’ funding sources to show which special interest groups heavily support a particular person and in turn expect support from that person for legislation favorable to the supporting group.
It is equally as important that public records and meetings be open for scrutiny of the taxpayer. Since the law requiring openness in meetings and records was passed in 1972, the number of exemptions has grown from 10 to more than 300. In today’s climate of extreme partisanship and very heavy pressure on the Governor, Legislature and other entities,the large number of exemptions many times cover deals and executive orders that may not be at all good public policy.
Fund the Sunshine Committee and require it to be active and accountable.