They say sunlight is the best medicine. Tonight, the U.S. Senate will have the opportunity to test that theory by voting to bring S. 3369, the DISCLOSE Act of 2012 up for full debate. It's time to shine a light on the big money and special interests that are flooding our elections.
Fair and clean elections, determined by the votes of American citizens, should be at the center of our democracy.Voters have a right to know -- whether it is a corporation, union, trade association, or non-profit advocacy group making unlimited political expenditures and influencing elections
The League has worked for decades to bring about real reform to our campaign finance system. A vote for cloture is a vote for meaningful debate on a topic of vital importance to our democracy. The Senate should truly debate this bill rather than succumbing to the hyper-partisanship that too often blocks responsible action by the Senate.
The League supports the DISCLOSE Act of 2012 because we believe that Americans deserve all the information they can get before they vote. S. 3369 builds on disclosure requirements already approved by the Supreme Court. In fact, the Court pointed in the direction of enhanced disclosure in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission when it said that disclosure is important to “providing the electorate with information.”
Secret campaign money has no place in America’s democracy. It undermines the role of the voter and corrupts the election process. Voters have a right to know -- whether it is a corporation, union, trade association, or non-profit advocacy group making unlimited campaign expenditures and influencing elections.