Because the Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court in 2010 opened a floodgate of money coming into state elections, including money from foreign entities, Virginia citizens, and all Americans, irrespective of party, feel that full disclosure of funding from independent expenditures entities, ie those monies not directly coordinated with candidate campaigns, needs to be fully disclosed. This includes the actual names of donors who are trying to influence our elections through “dark money groups”. These groups are currently not obliged to reveal their donors.
Polling undertaken by the VA Wason Center in 2021 shows that 88 percent of Virginians, irrespective of party, support full disclosure. The Supreme Court, while opening the door to money from corporations and special interests going into our elections, has consistently voted to support full disclosure, recognizing that it is in the public good.