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Monday, September 8, 2014

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Crain's Detroit Business reporter Chris Gautz discusses his recent article on the issues surrounding transparency of campaign spending and finance laws in Michigan.

Does transparency matter during campaign financing?

According to Gautz, there are two sides to that debate. The one side is that, "we need to see cause and effect, we need to see who is giving to a candidate and what issues are they taking up or not taking up," says Gautz. However, the other side is that "money is speech, but in some respects we don’t need to see everything, people who donate shouldn't have to have their names out there," says Gautz.