Story from the L.A. Times:
Got the goods on a secret donation your company is making to a politically active group? You could make a pretty penny.
A union-backed organization is offering a $25,000 reward to the first employee who comes forward with “documentary evidence” that a company is secretly funding a nonprofit organization active in the 2012 campaign.
The offer by Americans United for Change came as part of a new campaign announced Monday by a coalition of liberal and campaign finance reform groups that are pressuring corporations not to spend money on politics.
The organizations – which include Common Cause, Public Citizen, Coalition for Accountability in Political Spending, the Service Employees International Union, MoveOn.org and Occupy Wall Street – unveiled an array of tactics they plan to use to keep corporate money out of this year’s campaign, including consumer boycotts and shareholder initiatives.
But by far the most unusual approach was the whistleblower reward being offered by Americans United for Change.
“Any corporate CEO who thinks he can keep a donation secret in the digital age I think is just dead wrong,” said Robert Creamer, a consultant for the organization.