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Senate to Vote on DISCLOSE Act

As the campaign season heats up, Senate Democrats are pushing for a recorded vote on the DISCLOSE Act, which will likely take place early next week. The Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act (S.3369) would establish new public reporting requirements for those organizations spending $10,000 or more during an election cycle, including the release of the names and addresses of donors giving $10,000 or more to the group.

Citing a “flood of unlimited secret money in elections unleashed by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision,” Senate Democrats also intend for this bill to root out “political groups posing as social welfare organizations” and to block corporations and “other wealthy interests” from using shell corporations “to funnel secret money to super PACs.”  Senate Republicans have countered, “…the bill is not a boon for more disclosure; it is a ban on political opposition. It favors unions, ignores the Supreme Court, and wraps more red tape around speech in America.”

NRB opposes the DISCLOSE Act. Many organizations rely on donations in order to continue supporting family values, and there is concern that public disclosure of members and donors of organizations that support “controversial” viewpoints or candidates might subject them to threats, harassment, and reprisals.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President Government Relations