Nasty campaigners need to be outed

Bill Barth recently wrote commendably to urge civility in conducting local elections, citing “nasty campaign tactics by out-of-town organizations” that had “widespread roots and and was well-financed.”

But it’s not enough to condemn bad conduct and allude vaguely to its origins. The public needs to know the source of the vicious attacks, why its perpetrators were trying to influence Beloit’s election in particular, where their money comes from, and how they may be affiliated with candidates. With apparently lots more money than usual spent on this spring’s campaigns, the public might also be interested in the candidates’ campaign finance reports.

For the welfare of our community and our democracy, the Beloit Daily News, despite its limited staffing for reporting and writing, needs to do that kind of investigative reporting.

PAUL J. CAMPBELL

Beloit

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