Give until it hurts

A grassroots movement like SOS Now may indeed be small potatoes compared with a force like the Republican Party. But the campaign-finance laws that SOS Now refuses to follow are the same ones that allowed a federal jury in 1985 to see that the Nassau GOP was illegally requiring dues from municipal workers and to stop the invidious practice.

Mandating full financial disclosure lets Long Islanders see the ways in which charities like symphonies and kids' baseball teams pay homage to the GOP machine. Disclosure shows just how far into their lives the tendrils of politics have reached, and it lets them begin to take the power back.

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