Your recent editorial identifies two “dark money” donors that attempted to sway the outcomes of a couple of 2016 state ballot questions. One set of donors was trying to hide its ties to Asia in pursuit of gambling profits; the other, the chairman of the state Board of Education, was evidently trying to hide his $496,000 contribution to a pro-charter school PAC that does not have to disclose the identities of its donors.

By definition, “dark money” is donated to organizations that don’t have to disclose their donors and is detrimental to open discourse. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, among other effects, triggered a boom in “dark money” organizations statewide and nationally.

During the next several weeks, volunteers will be circulating a petition to place a referendum on the November 2018 Massachusetts ballot that would reverse the damaging effects of Citizens United. If passed, the referendum would create a citizens commission to consider and recommend ways to regulate political contributions and expenditures at both the state and federal levels, including a potential amendment to the Constitution.

Voters who value openness, accountability, and honesty should be sure to sign this petition.

Ann Shea

Sandwich