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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.

The time has come to end the political games and hear meaningful debate on a topic vital to American democracy.  

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

It's time to shine the light on big-money advertising in candidate elections and put control of elections back into the hands of the voters.

Lloyd

Lloyd Leonard
Senior Director of Advocacy
League of Women Voters

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Very soon, the U.S. Senate will take up a bill to restore transparency to U.S. elections by requiring complete disclosure of spending on big-money advertising in candidate elections. 
  
Contact your Senators now and ask them to vote for cloture on S. 3369, the DISCLOSE Act of 2012.
 
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. 
 
Tell your Senators to end the political games and bring S. 3369 up for full debate.
 
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. 
 
Tell us where the money is coming from and let the voters decide.

 

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