Their names suggest selfless dedication to democracy.
June-26-2012--Investigation has found that these groups and others are being quietly bankrolled by corporations, unions and other special interests. Their main interest in the once-a-decade political fight over redistricting is not to help voters in the communities they claim to represent but mainly to improve the prospects of their political allies or to harm their enemies.
The number of these purportedly independent redistricting groups is rising, but their ties remain murky.
Contributions to such groups are not limited by campaign finance laws, and most states allow them to take unlimited amounts of money without disclosing the source.
"Congress has always had, and always will have, lobbyists and lobbying,"
"We could not adequately consider our workload without them." But he also stresses the need for vigilance.
"The history of this institution demonstrates the need for eternal vigilance to ensure that lobbyists do not abuse their role, that lobbying is carried on publicly with full publicity, and that the interests of all citizens are heard without giving special ear to the best organized and most lavishly funded."
President Ronald Reagan warned, “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”
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