For Immediate Release
Senate to Debate Crucial Campaign Finance Disclosure Bill
WASHINGTON - This afternoon, the Senate will begin debate on the DISCLOSE
Act, a bill that would tighten campaign spending disclosure rules for corporations
and unions, and limit which corporations are able to spend money to influence
elections. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill tomorrow.
Marge Baker, Executive Vice President of People For the
American Way, issued the following statement:
"The DISCLOSE Act is far from perfect, but it's
a necessary and urgent step in the right direction. It softens some of the
worst effects of Citizens United by
requiring prompt and full disclosure of corporate campaign expenditures, and
preventing pay-for-play deals for government contractors and TARP fund
recipients. In the long run, the only way to fully undo the damage of the Citizens United decision is to amend the
Constitution to keep corporate money out of elections. But in the meantime,
Americans deserve at least to know which special interests are buying their way
into the political process.
"It's astounding that Republicans are attempting
to block a common-sense measure to make elections more open and honest. Their
stubborn defense of corporate interests over the rights of voters is the
perfect illustration of why we need this bill."
People For the American Way is dedicated to making the promise of America real for every American: Equality. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. The right to seek justice in a court of law. The right to cast a vote that counts. The American Way. Our vision is a vibrantly diverse democratic society in which everyone is treated equally under the law, given the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams, and encouraged to participate in our nation’s civic and political life. Our America respects diversity, nurtures creativity and combats hatred and bigotry.