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For Immediate Release

Drew Courtney or Miranda Blue

Senate to Debate Crucial Campaign Finance Disclosure Bill


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 Unitedby
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."

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