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  Disclose Act: 14 Republican Senators Were For Disclosure Before They Were Against It
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Last EditedRP  Jul 16, 2012 05:25pm
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CategoryProposed Legislation
AuthorDan Froomkin
MediaWebsite - Huffington Post
News DateMonday, July 16, 2012 06:05:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionBack when Democrats were pushing for limits on campaign spending, the Republican Party line was that full, immediate disclosure of political donations and expenditures was a better way to avoid corruption.

In fact, in 2000, Senate Republicans joined Democrats in overwhelmingly passing a bill, 92 to 6, that required a growing number of secretive tax-exempt groups to reveal their donors and spending.

Today, with the Supreme Court having essentially outlawed limits on political spending, Republicans have made a complete about-face on the issue. All of a sudden, they vehemently oppose disclosure.

Case in point: Senate Democrats are calling for a cloture vote Monday on their Disclose Act, which would require any organization that conducts political activity to make public the sources of its funding, in real time -- as did the bill in 2000. But this time, all the chamber's Republicans are expected to block it from coming to the floor.

What's changed, other than the Republicans' vote, is that unlimited corporate money is now pouring into political campaigns, overwhelmingly in favor or Republicans, with a significant portion of it flowing through groups that, thanks to the legal loopholes the Disclose Act would plug, are allowed to keep their donors anonymous.
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