Over two consecutive days, the U.S. Senate refused to allow full debate on the DISCLOSE Act, which would require complete disclosure of spending on big-money advertising in candidate elections.
Our elected leaders in Washington, the men and women who hold the power and had the opportunity to help, failed to invoke cloture, the procedural motion that requires 60 votes before the Senate can even consider legislation. Twice they decided that they didn’t even want to debate this important issue. Instead of talking about how they could help voters understand where all of this secret money is coming from, they chose to kill the bill without any debate.
“Huge sums of secret money are flooding into our elections, and without full disclosure the voters won’t know who is trying to buy influence. Secret money should have no place in our elections, but we all know it is there, drowning out the voices of everyday Americans,” declared League President Elisabeth MacNamara.
The League, at the national, state and local levels, along with its partners in the voting rights community will continue to push for disclosure because secret campaign money undermines the role of the voter and corrupts the election process.