The bill failed on a 51-44 vote and would have required disclosure of anyone who donates to independent groups that spent more than $10,000 on campaign ads, their functional equivalents and other election spending. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called the bill “un-American” and an attempt by the Obama administration “to identify and punish political enemies, or at the very least, intimidate others from participating in the process.”
Right. Because the Democrats certainly don’t benefit from dark money either.
Campaign finance reform groups voiced deep displeasure with Senate Republicans for contradicting previous statements of support for transparency in elections. “Tonight Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell convinced Senators on his side of the aisle to put party loyalty over principle, demonstrating an astonishing level of hypocrisy,” the Campaign Legal Center’s Meredith McGehee said in a statement. “This is the kind of election-year partisanship that makes more and more Americans fed up with Washington.”
Supporters of the proposal vowed to soldier on and will bring the matter up again. Democrats will also make Republican opposition to transparency and their love of secret electoral spending an issue with voters in the fall as well.
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