That is why it is so discouraging to see the federal Disclosure Act (that’s Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Special Elections Act) be stalled in the Senate by a Republican filibuster. While this law may not be perfect, it sets some sensible rules on disclosure of political donations, namely that it happen for everyone. It is amazing our representatives have to be having this discussion in the first place.
Thankfully, statewide and local races are still regulated by contribution limits and rules that disclose the identity of donors (whether these are too loose or too tight is a whole other question). Let us hope our leaders here in New York see the value of this, and those who are vying for their first stints in office see that merit early on.