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March 21, 2019

King Cosponsors Legislation to Increase Transparency in Political Donations

SUN Act requires public availability of information about major political group donors

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, announced Senator King’s cosponsorship of the Sunlight for Unaccountable Non-Profits (SUN) Act, legislation that requires the IRS to publish the names of any donors who give more than $5,000 to tax-exempt political organizations.

“The Framers intended to create a government that is both by the people and for the people. This cannot and should not allow secretive special interest groups to put a finger on the scale of the democratic process,” said Senator King. “I’ve often said that Maine’s town meetings are some of the finest examples of democracy at work – anyone can walk in at any point and share their views, and they do so openly with the rest of the public. America should work the same way. But right now, the lack of transparency and openness regarding political donations is un-American and simply unacceptable. Let’s work to make sure that no one vote is worth more than any other and get secretive donors and dark money out of the political process.”

Today’s announcement represents the most recent example of Senator King’s commitment to and advocacy for campaign transparency to increase voter trust and engagement in our democracy.

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