DISCLOSE Act dies again

On a strictly partisan 53-45 vote, it fell short of the 60 votes needed to break a GOP filibuster

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.

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DISCLOSE Act: NRA Threatens Lawmakers Who Vote In Favor of Transparency

The NRA is getting pretty ballsy these days, meddling in affairs all over the place. During the hearings for the Fast and Furious “scandal” as well as the subsequent vote to hold Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, they threatened lawmakers with the notion of “keeping score” of those who voted against contempt. It’s a blatant form of political blackmail, and now they’re at it again, threatening lawmakers over the DISCLOSE Act, which would prevent foreign controlled companies from contributing foreign money to influence domestic elections, prevent independent expenditures for government contractors, and require disclosure of donors, among other things.

The law is meant to de-fang Citizens United to some extent, but the NRA thinks that is a bad idea and is now threatening vulnerable lawmakers who may be considering supporting the bill, which is no surprise, since the NRA has been one of the largest lobbying arms in Washington for decades.

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