Disclosure shortcomings

Bird Dog's picture

Give Mother Jones credit for inventing a cool phrase: Dark Money, and such funds were well utilized in Montana by Democrat-friendly out-of-state organizations. With the ruling on Citizens United, our leaders in Washington should have at least amped up disclosure requirements for non-profits and super PACs, but alas. Republicans who were for disclosure (such as the DISCLOSE Act) are now agin it, which is unfortunate. As Scalia noted in the NPR piece, running a democracy takes a certain amount of civic courage, despite the creepy making-the-political-personal partisans involved.

Ezra Klein will say that a DISCLOSE Act will not solve the problem. To me, it solves enough of it. The Supreme Court, and Citizens United is the law of the land. With gobs of money flowing into the politics, the most effective answer is to be timely and accurate in letting the public know where this money is coming from.

Speaking of disclosure shortcomings, "Richard Windsor", with 12,000 emails under her nom de plume, is stepping down from the top job at EPA.

At FDA, despite finishing a report last April that was favorable toward genetically modified salmon, the Obama White House played politics with the science and suppressed it. The pledge for transparency and open government sounded nice in theory, but I expect four more years of stonewalling the politically inconvenient.


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Genetically modified salmon is a good thing?

mmghosh's picture

Why is it even necessary?  Are you guys running out of salmon?  As a result of sound management, wild salmon stocks have rarely been higher.


I have no problem with genetic modification of food.  But food-chain capture by multinational companies does not come high on any conceivable list of priorities.  The private sector has not shown itself to be overtly concerned about consumer issues without tight regulation.  And then there are the Chinese, who will buy up the tech and cut corners.  Again, I have no problem with a tech with consequences limited to one nation who can decide whether taking the risk is worthwhile or not, so if Americans want to feed themselves on GM salmon it is up to them.


We are being fed with hype about GM tilapia, OTOH.

freedom is a fundamental value that does not need to be justified in terms of some other value like efficiency

I don't eat farmed fish

HankP's picture

in theory there's no problem with it, in practice it tastes like sh!t.


I blame it all on the Internet

It ends up in the tins.

mmghosh's picture

Most farmed stuff is the cheap filler.

freedom is a fundamental value that does not need to be justified in terms of some other value like efficiency

No, they sell it in the markets as well nt

HankP's picture


I blame it all on the Internet