Money trail tough to follow

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Mary Ann Frank wants us to check the backers of bills and candidates (“Check out who backs issues, candidates,” Reader Input, June 14). Oh, that we could!
Since the U.S. Supreme Court declared that corporations and rich folks can donate unlimited amounts of money anonymously to any candidate or proposition, you will not know who is forking out the big bucks.
Anyone can contribute any amount to a Super PAC that supports a particular issue/candidate and that support will never be disclosed. The next U.S. president could be chosen by five billionaires – and we can only hope they are American.
When you hear a TV/radio ad that does not say, “This ad is approved by (candidate’s name),” then you know that this ad was purchased by an anonymous donor(s) and no one put a limit on that amount.
Note: It may disclose the name of the Super PAC, i.e., “American Crossroads,” “Restore our Future” or other such nicety.
If you are an average John Doe who wants to give directly to a presidential candidate, you must give your name, profession and be limited to about $2,500.
Now you know what the Citizens United court case furor is about. The Disclose Acts in the U.S. Congress and in the California legislature have both been voted down. They don’t want you to know.
Patricia Grenfell, Auburn