Republicans Block DISCLOSE Act, Dems Pull All-Nighter

By: Tuesday July 17, 2012 6:45 am

As expected, Republicans filibustered the DISCLOSE Act last night, as the legislation that would have forced disclosure on political campaign expenditures failed 51-44. Republicans who voted all united against the bill, and they were joined by West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, who is sure to have a wide variety of independent expenditure ads funded by secret donors against him in his re-election campaign.


Dem Senators Plan Quixotic All-Nighter for DISCLOSE Act

By: Saturday July 14, 2012 12:00 pm

Clearly word has come down from the upper echelons of the GOP that nobody can cross the aisle on disclosure when the current rules have worked so well for Republican electoral politics. The somewhat pathetic spectacle of McCain’s twist back and forth is an example of that. While this isn’t likely to change, the all-nighter on Monday could at least make a case to the public about who is blocking disclosure of the dark money that increasingly rules our politics.

Administration Shies Away from Executive Order on Campaign Finance Disclosure

By: Monday April 9, 2012 9:45 am

A year ago, in the wake of the Citizens United decision, the White House floated a plan to issue an executive order which would require federal contractors to disclose their political contributions. This mirrored the kind of transparency they wanted out of the DISCLOSE Act, which seems unlikely to pass. But now the White House has dropped the Executive Order idea.

Court Ruling Would Mandate Disclosure on Some Campaign Ad Spending

By: Tuesday April 3, 2012 8:40 am

The Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision left open the ability of Congress to pass disclosure rules regarding campaign contributions. Now a ruling in a Federal Election Commission case would force some level of disclosure of those who fund campaign ads.

House Democrats Ready New Version of DISCLOSE Act

By: Thursday January 26, 2012 6:50 am

After Citizens United, which was decided two days after Democrats lost their 60-seat majority in the Senate, there was a push to respond to the Supreme Court ruling with some legislation adding transparency and disclosure to the process. If the Massachusetts race went another way it would have passed; Democrats consistently got 59 votes in the Senate for the DISCLOSE Act. But Republicans wouldn’t budget because they reasoned that the new campaign finance system – actually not a system at all but a recipe for massive spending by corporations and the wealthy – would advantage them. In 2010 they were right.

Van Hollen Files Suit to Force Disclosure of Secret Campaign Donors

By: Friday April 22, 2011 6:59 am

The DISCLOSE Act would have mandated disclosure of most campaign spending. Having failed to achieve that through Congress, Chris Van Hollen is attempting to force the FEC to make certain rules to that effect through a lawsuit.

GOP’s Political Warfare: Long-Term and Virtually Unopposed

By: Wednesday March 16, 2011 3:17 pm

Wisconsin is more than just ground zero in a fight over the future of public sector unions, it is the embodiment of the Republican Party’s commitment to bare-knuckle political warfare; their willingness to push the law to its limits to gain long-term political advantage for the party. While it is most evident in Wisconsin, this effort to structurally reshape our laws for the benefit of elected Republicans is happening all over the country.

Goo-Goos Float DISCLOSE Act Again for Lame Duck; Why It Won’t Happen

By: Tuesday November 9, 2010 11:45 am

If the DISCLOSE Act passes in the lame duck session, I’m a spotted egret.

PA-Sen: Toomey Wrote the Book (Literally) on Shadowy Campaign Spending

By: Wednesday October 27, 2010 6:30 pm

This ad has been credited for helping to bring Joe Sestak back into the Senate race in Pennsylvania. The latest poll, from Reuters-Ipsos, shows a dead heat, after Sestak trailed for months. Just like in his primary victory over Arlen Specter, Sestak stormed back in the final stages and now could pull off the upset, which may come down to the ring communities in the Philadelphia suburbs. But while one ad could bring Sestak back from the brink, it’s the overwhelming number of ads attacking him that has defined the race – a model devised and carried out by his opponent years earlier.

After Getting Hit by Truckloads of Corporate Cash, Democrats Should Consider Changing Mascot

By: Sunday October 17, 2010 7:45 am

With the Democratic Party now awakening to the horrifying reality of unlimited secret corporate spending on elections, I have but one simple request, and that is for them to change their mascot from the donkey to a deer caught in a car’s headlights.

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