In 2013, I became aware of significant problems with the lack of transparency in the political process in Utah. Prior to that time, contributions made directly to a candidate or to a Political Action Committee (PAC) were legally required to be disclosed, while donations made to 501(c)(4) non-profit advocacy organizations for use in a political campaign could be made anonymously.
From my perspective, it didn't make sense to have differing standards for various entities engaged in the same political activities. If we were going to require some groups to disclose and not others, there would obviously be significant incentives for distortion within the process.
I concluded that the public would be better served by greater transparency and consistency under the law. As a result of these concerns, I sponsored legislation (House Bill 43) which standardized disclosure and reporting requirements for all political activity regardless of the type of organization doing the work. Needless to say, it was met by fierce opposition from political operatives of all stripes.