Some Takeaways from the November 10, 2021: Discussion of Dark Money – Next Steps
Action Items Suggested:
Action items focusing on education:
Conduct educational campaigns showing the source and amount going to support a certain policy or person would let voters know how and why they are flooded with dark money-bought ads.
Compile information on the costs of dark money -- what is being left unfunded because of this?
Research the history and amount of money collected by the Democratic and Republican leadership committees together at the federal level, (House Leadership: Dems & Repubs.; & by Senate Leadership Dems. & Senate Leadership Repub.) and what is history & amount of leadership PAC money in Kentucky, for Senate Republicans, Senate Dems., House Repubs., House Dems. Nationally, money from Congressional leadership PACs (not required to disclose) is pouring in for the 2022 election.
Bring attention to the importance of local journalism and local newspapers:
Research the trends for independent investigative journalists’ profession and the future of small newspapers.
Get advice from the journalism community about what could be helpful.
Examine the types of free newsprint that's being provided in rural areas; explore the statements & determine when misinformation is being distributed.
Actions involving new legislation:
Meet again on Dec. 2, 7 pm.