Will GOP Block Campaign Disclosure Law Again?


Tonight, the Senate will vote on the simple yet critical measure, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), which would bring out of the shadows most secret money that has been flooding U.S. elections.

The DISCLOSE Act (S. 3369) targets the flood of “dark money” in our electoral system and requires donors to political action committees be disclosed so Americans can learn who is paying for elections. Non-partisan groups like Public Citizen have ramped up pressure on lawmakers and are helping citizens find a voice to do the same.

“This is a call to Congress that Public Citizen has made repeatedly since the disastrous U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which opened the floodgates of secret corporate political money,” said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen. “We repeat it again: Open the books on campaign money.”

In the last congressional session, Senate Republicans marched in lock-step with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to filibuster the DISCLOSE Act to death. The measure, whose full name is the Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections Act, fell short of the 60-vote supermajority required to break the filibuster by one vote. Not a single Republican senator voted for disclosure – not even those senators who previously had supported full transparency.

McConnell is on record opposing any disclosure of donors to outside political groups and is whipping his colleagues in the Senate to kill the DISCLOSE Act again.

“The public needs to pay attention to which side their senators choose,” said Lisa Gilbert, acting director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division. “The vote on the DISCLOSE Act is a clear and simple choice. We will be watching to see which senators support transparency of money in politics and which prefer keeping the flow of campaign cash secret and under the table.”

The DISCLOSE Act is an important first step in grabbing control of our electoral process from corporate interests. And Republicans may have blocked the bill initially, but this is a bi-partisan problem and tonight’s vote could be a step toward a bi-partisan solution.


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Michael M.
Michael M5 years ago

I wonder why repukes are continuously blocking legislation while offering nothing on their own? They seem incapable of running government.

Diana Bair
Diana Bair5 years ago

Republicians block everything that is good for and/or needed by the..........PEOPLE!!!!!. The people need to know to make a informed choice to.....VOTE. So if they keep blocking everything I have my choice DO NOT VOTE FOR ANY REPUBLICIAN.....AT ALL!!!!!!. Straight .....DEMOCRAT.........all the.........WAY. Diana.

Yvette T.
Past Member 5 years ago

So corrupt it is repulsive. Let's VOTE THEM ALL OUT.

Ron B.
Ron B5 years ago

Does the sun set in the west? Does Santa Claus wear a red suit? Of course the Republicans will block this! They've already smashed all obstructionist records by filibustering everything in sight to treasonously weaken the US and try to make Obama look bad. They're not about to stop now especially with an election looming. The Republicans are counting on so many people not having a clue as to what is really going on. And far too many willfully ignorant people are obliging them.

Ken W.
Ken W5 years ago

Save the USA vote for the DEMS say NO to the Gee Oh Pee !!!

nancy d.
nancy B5 years ago

Steve r - you look like crazy Joe Walsh from Illinois. Are you sure you are not related? You have the same ideas.

Carl Oerke
Carl O5 years ago

Absolutely without a doubt. The Republicans are on the winning side of the large Super PAC donations so transparency would only hurt a good thing. They Republicans may be self serving, greedy and heartless but they are not stupid.

nancy d.
nancy B5 years ago

Ofcourse they will block the campaign disclosure law. They are republicons. That is what they do best.

Linda T.
Linda T5 years ago

Yes Republicans will not allow the american public to know who is funding them while they want us to show I.D. to vote. HYPOCRITES.

Gabby W.
Catherine V5 years ago

So if we vote in an election, they demand to see our photo ID. But if you buy an election, we do not get to see YOUR ID..?!
Why have more people not been in an uproar about this?
Does it seriously take Google, Facebook, etc, to blackout for so many hours (to protect their own business) before the masses will take notice??...
This one of many, many, MANY reasons why voters need to have more of an interest within our senate & house elections (including state levels).
and why voters need to VOTE in ALL elections! Because if WE do not elect senate & house reps that are truly working FOR the People, then it doesn't matter who is re-elected or elected into the white house..