Federal Politics

Published — July 17, 2012 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

Third time not the charm for disclosure bill

Bill that would unmask funders of attack ads fails again

Introduction

A second attempt in two days to move the DISCLOSE Act to a yes-or-no vote failed Tuesday afternoon in the U.S. Senate, falling seven votes short of the 60 needed to advance.

Democrats had held out hope that debate — which ran from the close of Monday night’s failed vote until 1 a.m. and through Tuesday afternoon — would convince moderate Republicans to vote in favor of the legislation.

For his part, campaign finance reform champion Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., put an end to any speculation he might change his mind with a speech late Tuesday morning arguing that the DISCLOSE Act is inherently unfair and partisan.

“Reform is necessary,” McCain said. “But, again, it must be fair and just, and this legislation before us is not.”

But one Republican sounded ready to break rank.

“The American people deserve to know who is really behind the organizations, who funds them, [and] what their real agendas are,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, in a surprisingly supportive speech before Tuesday’s vote. (She was absent for Monday’s vote).

But when it came to going on the record, Murkowski voted no. Her office did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but in her speech, she recognized this version would never pass the Senate.

Tuesday’s vote is the second in two days and the third in the Senate since the original DISCLOSE Act was introduced in 2010. DISCLOSE would require nonprofits, unions, corporations and super PACs, once they’ve made $10,000 in independent expenditures, to report all donors who have given $10,000 or more.

The 2010 version of DISCLOSE, which included several non-disclosure related provisions, fell only one vote short of the 60 necessary to invoke cloture and move the bill to a full yes-or-no vote in the Senate.

Monday night’s vote on DISCLOSE 2.0, a streamlined version dealing only with disclosure, fell nine votes short, with all Republicans present voting no. All Democrats present voted yes except for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., whose vote was a procedural tactic so another cloture vote could be brought up Tuesday.

“I’m disappointed that so many of my Republican colleagues, many of whom have clearly supported disclosure in the past, chose today to defend secret spending by special interests,” said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., the bill’s primary sponsor, after Monday night’s vote.

It has been widely noted that McCain, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and several other Republicans have spoken out in favor of disclosure in the past, but GOP leaders, backed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, have led the fight against the bill, the Center for Public Integrity reported in June.

For the time being, the debate over DISCLOSE in the Senate has ended, said Seth Larson, a Whitehouse spokesman.

The House version of the DISCLOSE Act, H.R. 4010, has been stuck in committee since February, but thanks to a discharge petition brought by the bill’s primary House sponsor, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., it may soon hit the floor of the House.

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Trump needs to conduct these activities because the entire MSM media, excluding Fox, is campaigning against him 24/7/365.

Didn’t Monica’s boyfriend’s wife and various criminal enterprises outspend Trump by almost 2-1?

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Why wouldn’t he get an early start on fund raising? Hillary outspent him two-to-one in 2016. The Dem’s are the party of big money. The President knows this and is attempting to get a jump on it. Of course the Dem candidate will outspend him in 2020 so it’s only rational that he starts fund raising now.

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George Young

Oh brother. We just 8 years of the Campaigner – in – Chief. Where was this journalistic rectal thermometer then. Just another article about 2000 words too long that merely takes another slap at Trump for something he far from initiated.

j stevenson
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j stevenson

The big difference between Trump and all the rest is his refusing to accept funds from lobbyists, so they don’t have the White House access they are used to. These are the donors who buy the presidency and are as pixxed off that he won the election as are the media and the Dems. Lobbyists have never been shut out of the WH and Trump has told them he is not for sale.

jan v
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jan v

all the lobbyists are running all our government agencies and all the career civil servants who know how to run the country have been fired. YOU think this is a good thing ? what a crock…

Anonymous
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Trump needs to be impeached and tossed in prison. Then have the key thrown away so he will never be free. Then he can see how it feels not to have freedom.

Mark Sullivan
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Mark Sullivan

Thank you for the usual insightful leftist low IQ Snowflake response.

barney
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hes not imprisoning them hes sending them back to their country chill tf out

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

WHY DONT YOU HAVE FREEDOM?

Tom Larkin
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Tom Larkin

First, something positive. I was happy to learn of empirical information in article. BUT, the article was so slanted against President Trump as to be deemed fake news (“Perhaps Trump just lied.” (Two different issues)). The article mentions that President Trump raised over $67 million, but ended 2018 with $19 million. President Trump spent over $40 million 2016 and 2017. President Trump conducted 57 political rallies. The article notes the hats and T-shirts sold, but NEVER MENTIONS THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS during a mid-term election that lost the House and the number of political rallies in… Read more »

Ted Sirois
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Ted Sirois

At least Trump is getting donations from willing donors. Fresh from his first election, Obama used billions of our children’s tax dollars to save thousands of union jobs in the car industry and bailed out the banks and many Wall Street businesses. This secured his source of reelection funds for his reelection four years later.

South Jersey
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South Jersey

TRUMP 2020; IS AN AMAZINGLY SMART MAN! VERY ORIGINAL & CREATIVE. I AM HAPPY TO HAVE HIS AS POTUS.

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

THIS ARTICLE WAS OBVIOUSLY WRITTEN BY, A TRUMP-HATE-GROUP. THAT FEELS; IT IS NOT NORMAL TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH YOUR OWN BRAND NAME. WHEN, IF FACT, IT IS NORMAL! >>>>> THIS IS >>> FAKE NEWS!!! <<<< ie: A PACK-OF-LIES; SPUN INTO; DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER. FOR A SINISTER-AGENDA OF; FASCIST DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST, COUP D'ETAT

David
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David

Are you on some kind of drugs? Writing in caps makes me think that you are grumpy old fart or a uneducated hillbilly.