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Senate Should Pass DISCLOSE Act to Open the Books on Secret Political Slush Funds

WASHINGTON, D.C. – At least 10 Senate Republicans should stand up to U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and provide the necessary supermajority to pass the DISCLOSE Act, Public Citizen urged. Senate Republicans have blocked this commonsense bill for more than a decade, and it is time they stood up for disclosure, Public Citizen said.

Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is forcing a floor vote today on this critical transparency legislation that would shut down dark money in our elections. The DISCLOSE Act would require all electioneering groups to disclose their major donors and list major donors on ads supporting or opposing judicial nominees. The bill already passed in the U.S. House and has the support of the Democratic caucus

“This is a call to Congress that Public Citizen has made over and over since the disastrous Citizens United decision that opened the floodgates of dark money in our elections. And we repeat it again: open the books on campaign money,” said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen.

“The DISCLOSE Act is extremely popular among voters,” said Lisa Gilbert, executive vice president of Public Citizen. “The vote on the DISCLOSE Act is a clear and simple choice: Are you for transparency of money in politics, or for keeping the flow of campaign cash secret and under the table? If this vote fails, the Biden administration should issue an executive order requiring disclosure of secret political spending by large government contractors.”