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Sat, 23 Apr 2011 10:01:18 GMT
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Congressman Van Hollen sued Federal Election Commission to bring more transparency in political donations.
A top democratic congressman has filed a lawsuit against Federal Election Commission (FEC) to bring more transparency in political donations ahead of US 2012 presidential election.

Congressman Van Hollen takes measures “to restore the statutory requirement that provides greater disclosure of the donors who provide funding for electioneering communications.”

“The Supreme Court has long recognized over a period of literally decades that disclosure plays a healthy part in the political process that provides important information to the public to know the sources of the money that's being used to influence their votes,” attorney of FEC lawsuit, Donald Simon, told PressTV.

The lawsuit alleges that the donations should be disclosed under the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002.

“The disclosure of campaign-donor information is essential to our democracy,” said Hollen.

“The absence of transparency will enable special interest groups to bankroll campaign initiatives while operating under a veil of anonymity,” he wrote.

“I will continue to press for greater donor disclosure in the courts, and in Congress, in order to bring in the much-needed sunlight. We have been unable to enact enhanced disclosure requirements through Congress,” he said.

Critics, however, say Democrats are taking the measure to silence their criticisms of US President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party as candidates are gearing up for the 2012 presidential election.

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