Disclose, Reform, Amend

Disclose, Reform, Amend House Democrats who want to DISCLOSE, Reform, Amend The Democratic agenda is about opportunity and fairness – the cornerstones of the American dream.

Yet only with fairness in our political system can we have fairness for the middle class. That’s why, together, we must fight for a new politics free from special interests. We must fight for disclosure – to get unlimited, secret donations out of politics. We must fight for reform – to empower small donors and the grassroots with a greater role in our elections. We must fight to amend our Constitution – to overturn the crushing Supreme Court decision (Citizens United) that strengthened the hand of special interests at the expense of the people’s interest. We must fight to remove obstacles to voter participation – to protect the rights of every citizen to vote and every vote to be counted. This is about the core values of our democracy: that the votes of the American people determine the outcome of our elections, not the bankroll of the privileged few.

USA TODAY: "If the Supreme Court is intent on allowing corporations to spend unlimited amounts of shareholders' money on...
05/02/2013
Make companies disclose political spending: Our view

USA TODAY: "If the Supreme Court is intent on allowing corporations to spend unlimited amounts of shareholders' money on political causes, the least shareholders can expect is the information they need to raise a stink."

Three years ago, when the Supreme Court opened the door to unlimited political donations by corporations, Justice Anthony Kennedy made the case for transparency as the best way to keep politics clean.

From the New York Times: "Until 2010, federal law barred companies from using corporate money to endorse and campaign fo...
10/31/2012
Bosses Offering Timely Advice: How to Vote

From the New York Times: "Until 2010, federal law barred companies from using corporate money to endorse and campaign for political candidates — and that included urging employees to support specific politicians. But the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision has freed companies from those restrictions..."

Freed to do so by the Supreme Court, major companies are suggesting and sometimes explicitly recommending how their workers should vote this fall.

The National Wildlife Federation reports that Speaker John Boehner "received nearly twice as much financial support from...
09/24/2012
Money in politics: Big oil's ties to Washington

The National Wildlife Federation reports that Speaker John Boehner "received nearly twice as much financial support from donors tied to the energy sector than did the next-closest recipient."

A report from the National Wildlife Federation highlights the role it says oil companies play in U.S. politics, stating energy companies are influencing legislation in favour of oil, natural gas and coal policies, according to OilPrice.com

07/25/2012
Republican congressman joins effort to bring up vote on DICLOSE Act - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

"A Republican congressman from North Carolina has joined an effort by House Democrats to bring up legislation requiring corporations and unions to file a Federal Elections Commission report for large campaign spending. On Tuesday, Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) signed a motion to discharge the legislation..."

"On Tuesday, Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) signed a motion to discharge the legislation..."

07/18/2012
Disclose Vote Leaves Trail of Broken Republican Vows

Bloomberg Editorial: "[The DISCLOSE Act] is a fairly straightforward effort to subject political donations to sunlight, and keep the political bagmen at bay. It’s what Republicans for years had said they wanted...But congressional Republicans have escaped the outer orbit of expediency with this week’s votes."

Republicans in the U.S. Senate voted unanimously Monday and again on Tuesday to block adoption of the Disclose Act...

“Almost two-thirds of Americans believe corporations and unions shouldn’t be allowed to spend unlimited cash backing pol...
07/18/2012
Poll: No unlimited political spending

“Almost two-thirds of Americans believe corporations and unions shouldn’t be allowed to spend unlimited cash backing political candidates…” Did the GOP miss the memo or are they just ignoring the will of the American people?

Almost two-thirds of Americans believe corporations and unions shouldn’t be allowed to spend unlimited cash backing political candidates, according to a poll released Tuesday...

07/17/2012

For the second day in a row, Senate Republicans sided with the special interests and blocked consideration of the DISCLOSE Act. American voters deserve better; American voters deserve to know who is influencing candidates and campaigns around the country—and who is hiding behind the Republican effort to keep donors in the shadows.

New York Times Editorial: "...the [DISCLOSE Act] vote was a chance for the public to see who stands for and against such...
07/17/2012
The Power of Anonymity

New York Times Editorial: "...the [DISCLOSE Act] vote was a chance for the public to see who stands for and against such basic transparency in political spending. The answer: not one Republican showed the courage to break ranks and speak up for disclosure."

Not one Republican showed the courage to break ranks and speak up for the disclosure of campaign finance donors.

07/16/2012

Breaking News: Senate Republicans just showed their party’s true colors yet again by blocking a vote on the DISCLOSE Act, defending the rights of the special interests at the expense of the public interest.

Today, the Senate is holding a key vote on the DISCLOSE Act.  Will Republican Senators make good on their previous calls...
07/16/2012
14 Republicans Voting Against Disclosure Who Voted For It In 2000

Today, the Senate is holding a key vote on the DISCLOSE Act. Will Republican Senators make good on their previous calls for transparency?

Twelve years ago 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.

"Do these donors deserve to remain hidden? Why can’t they handle a little sunshine? We’d like to see a few courageous Re...
07/15/2012
Expose the fat cats

"Do these donors deserve to remain hidden? Why can’t they handle a little sunshine? We’d like to see a few courageous Republicans rise in the Senate on Monday and declare: Enough is enough."

Why Republicans should support the Disclose Act

07/12/2012
Leader Pelosi + Rep. Van Hollen File Discharge Petition on DISCLOSE

Today, House Democrats, led by Rep. Chris Van Hollen, filed a discharge petition—that has already received over 140 signatures—to bring the DISCLOSE Act back to the floor for a vote despite obstruction from the GOP leadership. As he said, “We had 33 votes on repealing important patient protections. Let’s have one vote on allowing voters the right to know who is financing these campaigns through secret donations and trying to rig the rules.”

July 12, 2012

"One of the largest states in the nation took an official stand Thursday against the Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Ci...
07/09/2012
'Nothing To Gain And Everything To Lose'

"One of the largest states in the nation took an official stand Thursday against the Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which ruled that government restriction of corporation or union spending on political campaigns violated the First Amendment right to free speech. California joins Hawaii, Vermont, Rhode Island, Maryland and New Mexico in calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court ruling."

One of the largest states in the nation took an official stand Thursday against the Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission...

07/06/2012
Editorial: Disclose secret campaign finance

USA Today Editorial: "Everybody's watching what's expected to be by far the most expensive presidential campaign in history, and not without a dose of horror. Freed by the Supreme Court from spending limits, all manner of special interests are opening the spigots to buy influence. But the bigger impact might lie elsewhere: down the ballot, where political races get less news media coverage and a few big ad buys can sway a race...Citizens United left the public only one way to protect itself from the rising threat: disclosure. At the federal level, this would be achieved by the Disclose Act..."

Secrecy is even more dangerous in less expensive races, where there's less news coverage and a few big ad buys can sway votes.

USA Today Editorial: "...the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Montana's law on the grounds that it conflicted with its rul...
06/27/2012
Editorial: Campaign-finance future haunted by Montana's past

USA Today Editorial: "...the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Montana's law on the grounds that it conflicted with its ruling in Citizens United v. the Federal Elections Commission. That 2010 decision allows companies, labor unions and wealthy individuals to spend unlimited sums to advance causes and candidates. The justices said then that they did not think unlimited political expenditures would give rise to corruption, or even the appearance of it. Perhaps the majority has not been paying attention."

Now the Supreme Court has struck down a sensible century-old law that requires large donors to certain non-profit groups to identify themselves.

New York Times Editorial: "...the nation’s highest court has chosen to turn its back as elections are bought by the bigg...
06/26/2012
The Court: Citizens United

New York Times Editorial: "...the nation’s highest court has chosen to turn its back as elections are bought by the biggest check writers."

The Supreme Court examined the Arizona immigration law in minute detail, but when it came to revisiting the damage caused by its own handiwork in the 2010 Citizens United case, it couldn’t be bothered.

06/25/2012
@ChrisVanHollen

@ChrisVanHollen

SCOTUS passed up opportunity to undo damage caused by Citizens United. Passage of #DISCLOSEact needed now more than ever.

This morning, the Supreme Court struck down Montana’s attempt to limit corporate campaign expenditures, reaffirming the ...
06/25/2012
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

This morning, the Supreme Court struck down Montana’s attempt to limit corporate campaign expenditures, reaffirming the devastating Citizens United ruling. As Leader Pelosi said, the “disappointing decision to uphold Citizens United deals yet another blow to a fundamental American value: that the voices of the people determine the outcome of our elections, not the checkbooks of the few.”

Americans are already witnessing the dangerous effects of Citizens United – in unending and undisclosed expenditures on political advertisements. Today’s decision ignores this reality and neglects the harmful consequences of the Court’s actions for our democracy...

06/20/2012
House GOP reverses position on FCC political ad discloures - The Hill's On The Money

House Republicans briefly saw the light and allowed a small step for transparency today. We must keep moving ahead: the next step is passing the DISCLOSE Act.

House Republican appropriators on Wednesday reversed their position and will no longer block a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulation that would require television stations to disclose political ad buyers online.

06/18/2012
A GOP bait-and-switch on disclosure

Washington Post Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt:"Republicans always dangled this apple in the most alluring way. Political money will find a path, they would insist. Give up! Give in! We will post every donation on the Web, instantly! We will give you transparency! Sunshine! Accountability!...The Republicans, apparently, never meant it. Now that they have Unlimited Donations, or something pretty close, they don’t want Unlimited Disclosure after all. They want unlimited contributions, in secret."

Republicans were for it before they were against it.

06/15/2012
Pelosi: "Obstruction is the agenda of the Republican party"

Leader Nancy Pelosi today on CBS This Morning: “If we’re going to have the right approach to all the things we talked about—whether it’s job creation, fair taxes, and how we deal with health, a healthy America—we have to change the politics in America. And we have to DARE to Disclose, Amend the Constitution, Reform the system, Elect reformers to get that job done.”

House Minority Leader - and former Speaker of the House - Nancy Pelosi talks to Charlie Rose and Erica Hill about the presidential race, the future of health care and her party's battles with the GOP.

06/06/2012
House Republicans move to block FCC’s political ad rule - The Hill's Hillicon Valley

“House appropriators voted Wednesday along party lines to block a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulation that would require television stations to disclose political ad buyers online…’It is obvious what this is all about and it is embarrassing, frankly,’ said Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), the ranking member of the Appropriations Committee. ‘It looks like you are trying to cover up the fact that these fat cats are coming into these elections and they don’t want their names known.’”

House appropriators voted along party lines to stop a new rule requiring TV stations to disclose political ad buyers online.

Voter Empowerment Act | The Gavel
05/17/2012
Voter Empowerment Act | The Gavel

Voter Empowerment Act | The Gavel

Rooted in the simple, basic principle that we must ensure the right of every citizen to vote and every vote to be counted, this critical legislation achieves three key goals: improving access, protecting integrity, and ensuring accountability.

05/14/2012
47 Times

47 Times

That’s how much election spending from groups that do not disclose their donors has risen since the 2006 midterm elections. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, “[t]he percentage of spending coming from groups that do not disclose their donors has risen from 1 percent to 47 percent since...

Nancy Pelosi: Today, the FCC took a step forward for greater transparency and disclosure in our political system.  This ...
04/27/2012
FCC votes to require online disclosure of political ad spending

Nancy Pelosi: Today, the FCC took a step forward for greater transparency and disclosure in our political system. This vote means the public will gain access to more details about the campaign ads flooding our airwaves. It increases accountability in our elections and marks a small victory for America’s voters.

The Federal Communications Commission voted on Friday to require local television stations to put detailed information about political advertising including the cost of specific commercials on their websites.

04/24/2012
@TimOReilly

A number to know from Lawrence Lessig: 80% of all Super PAC money has come from 196 Americans.

"196 Americans have given 80% of all Super PAC money" @lessig at #hacksociety, talking about "the economy of influence" in DC

04/20/2012
The Most Expensive Seat in the House: The State of Our Campaign Finance System

House Republicans have refused to hold a hearing on the DISCLOSE 2012 Act, so this week we held a forum on Citizens United the need for reform. Full video of the forum is now available on YouTube below:

The past two years have seen a sea change in our nation's campaign finance laws. The Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC and the D.C. Circuit ...

Ten years ago this week, President George W. Bush signed the McCain-Feingold Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act into law. It...
03/29/2012
Where Are the Good-Government Republicans?

Ten years ago this week, President George W. Bush signed the McCain-Feingold Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act into law. It’s time for leading Republicans to start taking action to get unlimited, secret donations out of politics—by joining Democrats to pass the DISCLOSE Act.

Senator John McCain has publicly denounced the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, but neither he nor the rest of the Republican Party has been willing to offer a corrective.

Editorial in the New York Times today: "Voters are left to judge well-financed spin, rather than truth and falsehood. Su...
03/26/2012
When Other Voices Are Drowned Out

Editorial in the New York Times today: "Voters are left to judge well-financed spin, rather than truth and falsehood. Super PACs demonstrate that almost daily."

The Citizens United ruling allows wealthy groups and individuals an unfair advantage in exerting political power.

03/21/2012
One hundred companies sign on to disclose political spending

One hundred companies sign on to disclose political spending

One hundred companies have signed on to a watchdog organizations’ effort to disclose political expenditures. A 100th company joined the Center for Political Accountability’s corporate governance standard Wednesday, the center announced.

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