DISCLOSE Act campaign finance bill

  1. DISCLOSE Act dies again

    Senate Democrats' second attempt in less than 24 hours to advance the campaign finance bill failed Tuesday-even after at least 16 senators held the floor for six hours Monday night in support of the measure.

    On a strictly partisan 53-45 vote, it fell short of the 60 votes needed to break a GOP filibuster. Sens. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), who is recovering from a January seizure, and Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) did not vote.

    The bill, sponsored by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), would force unions, nonprofits and corporate interest groups that spend $10,000 or more during an election cycle to disclose donors who give $10,000 or more. Whitehouse's version no longer required sponsors of electioneering ads to have a disclaimer at the end and pushed the effective date to 2013.

    "When somebody is spending the kind of money that is being spent, a single donor making, for instance, a $4 million anonymous contribution, they're not doing that out of the goodness of their heart," Whitehouse said on the floor.

    Prior to the vote, Democrats called upon Republicans who have previously spoken in favor of greater transparency and campaign finance reform to vote "yes" on the bill today. ...

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  4. by   tewdles
    When I read about this yesterday I thought that we are really in a very sad state of affairs when it comes to our government. I believe that our health care system is dysfunctional but I believe that our political system is now putting the FUN in dysFUNctional. egads
  5. by   ddunnrn
    As much as I agree with the premises of the Disclose Act, I hope my Dems don't keep trying to pass it like those GOP'ers who tried to repeal the ACA 33 times. You're not going to get it passed, so move on!! It's just another symptom of Obama Derangement Syndrome. The prez and the dems suggests what was originally a republican idea, and the GOP goes crazy and flip-flops. *Dave Dunn, RN