Republicans Vote Against Clean Elections

Monday night Senate Republicans blocked a vote on the DISCLOSE Act, a bill designed to bring transparency to campaign spending by independent groups.

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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Dr Clue
Dr Clue5 years ago

@John S. [I'm not certain banning money from politics will help anything, and not certain that the money spent actually accomplished anything, especially when they don't add to the debate. I haven't seen or heard any examples where it would. ]

When corporations such as Boeing,Verizon,DuPont or other entities contribute to a political campaign it is done so with the expectation that those championed will upon election , protect their ability to.....

** Pay no corporate income taxes
** Graze freely on government subsidies
** Off shore jobs.

... and receive other considerations.

Political candidates will tend to in quid pro quo fashion campaigns , political messages and legislation to insure the continued support of their corporate electorate.

The removal of corporate money from politics would likely have the dramatic effect of changing the politicians priorities from appeasing corporate donors to the more appropriate and intended purpose of fashioning campaigns , political messages and legislation to insure the continued support of of the people.

Karen Friedman
karen Friedman5 years ago

If Romney wins it will surely be bought by illegal money, just as the Gop's advertising is.

John S.
Past Member 5 years ago

I'm not certain banning money from politics will help anything, and not certain that the money spent actually accomplished anything, especially when they don't add to the debate. I haven't seen or heard any examples where it would. Do I care who produces anti Obama or anti Romney adds or do I just consider them inappropriate. I would have much more respect for a candidate if they just disavowed the offensive advertisements.

Arild Warud

It's probably the only way they can win...............

Lynn Squance
Lynn S5 years ago

Can anyone truthfully say that they didn't expect the Republican/Teabaggers to block the Disclose Act? And they will, in all likelihood, block the Bring Jobs Home Act, S. 3364, sponsored by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), who said her bill is needed to stop giving tax breaks to companies that move jobs overseas.

On 20/01/2009, Mr Obama's inauguration day, a group of GOP politicians, functionaries and supporters sat in a closed conference room discussing how they were going to make Mr Obama a one term president. Ever since, the Republican/Teabagger dominated Congress has obstructed the work of the people, primarily by focusing on their party goal and NOT doing the work of the people. The GOP is trying to trash the economy and blame it on Mr Obama. The GOP doesn't give a rat's ass about anybody but the 1% and the corporations.

Vote Democratic 2012!!!!! Vote Obama/Biden 2012!!!!!

The Republican/Teabaggers are the party of death, whether it be the death of the economy, the death of the ACA, the death of election financing tranparency, the death of the middle class, the death of . . . you add to the list.

Dr Clue
Dr Clue5 years ago

@Stever R. [Paint it with any brush you like. The Disclose Act is a blatant attempt by Democrats to curtail your first amendment rights!]

Will wait for @Steve R. to cite the text in the proposal that would exempt the Democrats, but we won't hold our breath.

With off-shore money such as the $1,000,000 dollars raised by disgraced Barclay's bank CEO Jim Diamond for Mr. Romney's campaign here in the US that secrecy is in no way protecting an American's 1st amendment right.

What it does is corrupt our political process and give foreign corporations a further hold on our government officials.

Carl Oerke
Carl O5 years ago

Corruption thy party is Republican!

Ron B.
Ron B5 years ago

There go the Republicans again, this time being led by that sorry excuse for a human being Mitch McConnell, wrapping themselves in the flag and calling "un-American" something that would have helped put a stop to one of the most un-American practices there is. One would expect these lying tactics from the GOP. What is discouraging is the relatively large number of Americans who are ignorant, gullible and hateful enough to fall for these blatant lies. If we had an informed electorate instead of a willfully ignorant one, these tactics wouldn't be nearly as effective and we wouldn't have to put up with as much of this garbage.

Linda Rust
Past Member 5 years ago

Julie T. Love your passion and I agree, the DISCLOSE Act is a step in the right direction. However, I think we need to go much further and repeal the Citizens United ruling altogether. That is the floodgate that opened and allowed this tsunami of corporate cash to flood our election process and drown any chance of our having anything remotely resembling a democratically elected government. There are some good people out there who have already begun to fight this battle. Sherrod Brown, running for re-election in Ohio. He tried to launch a bill in Congress to overturn C.U. Consequently, he's under a $10 million onslaught of Koch Bros. cash to unseat him. Progressives United, founded by Russ Feingold, former Senator from Wisconsin, defeated thanks to the efforts of the same bunch who kept Scott Walker in office. He started Progressives United with the purpose of repealing the disastrous Citizens ruling. Public Citizen, working on many important issues, overturning C.U. at the top of the list. Hope everyone will check out their websites and offer support anyway you can.

We All Need to Get Angry, really Good and Angry, and Take Action. As long as the corporate plutocracy is allowed to rule, there'll be no hope for climate change, green energy policy, healthcare reform, or any other issue that matters to the majority of people in this country.

Ken W.
Ken W5 years ago

GOD save us from the Gee Oh Pee and Toilet Papper party ! (gop/tp)