July 17, 2012 •

DISCLOSE Act Fails Again in Partisan Vote

Fell short in Tuesday’s 53-45 vote

United States CapitolDISCLOSE Act dies again” by Tarini Parti  in Politico.

Secret political donors remain secret” by Charles Riley in CNN Money.

Campaign finance reformer McCain blasts DISCLOSE” by Tarini Parti in Politico’s blog On Congress.

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July 16, 2012 •

Campaign Finance in the News

Citizens United, the DISCLOSE Act, super PACs, fines, and returned contributions in today’s news

campaign finance newsSenate heads for vote on disclosure of hidden donors” by Tom Curry in NBC Politics.

Democratic super PACs reel in $25 million” by Dave Levinthal and Kenneth P. Vogel in Politico.

Citizens United didn’t just open money floodgates for corporations” by Anjeanette Damon in the Las Vegas Sun.

Connecticut:  “Donovan campaign returns $27,660 in contributions” by Susan Haigh (Associated Press) in the Boston Globe.

Minnesota:  “Minnesota Republican Party fined; accused of illegal contributions, circumventing laws” by Bill Salisbury in the Pioneer Press.

Rhode Island:  “R.I. Rep. Langevin near paying off $127,000 campaign-finance fine” by Philip Marcelo.

Tennessee:  “PACs flood Tennessee General Assembly campaigns with cash” by Andy Sher in the Times Free Press.

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April 9, 2012 •

Lobbying and Campaign Finance News

Keep up with the latest lobbying and campaign finance news:

newspaperWhite House abandons push for federal contractors to disclose political giving” by Mike Lillis in The Hill.

F.C.C. Pushes for Web Site on TV Political Ad Spending” by Brian Stelter in The New York Times.

Limits on Lobbyists as Hosts? Simply Unworkable, They Say” by Robert Pear in The New York Times.

FEC Ruling Leaves Ad Uncertainty” by Eliza Newlin Carney in Roll Call.

Arkansas: “Campaign Finance Reform in Arkansas Enters a New Phase” by KARK 4 News.

Maryland: “Lobbyist scores a ‘scoop’ of sorts” by Michael Dresser in The Baltimore Sun.

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March 26, 2012 •

Senate DISCLOSE Act of 2012 Committee Hearing Scheduled

Hearing Scheduled for March 29

A committee hearing is scheduled this week in the Senate to examine its version of the DISCLOSE Act of 2012.

Committee on Rules and AdministrationIntroduced last week, Senate Bill 2219, also entitled “Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections Act of 2012”, amends the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to provide for additional disclosure requirements for corporations, labor organizations, Super PACs, and other entities.

A House version of the bill, H.R. 4010, introduced in February, revives a previously failed effort in 2010 to pass the legislation.

The Senate Bill 2219 hearing with the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration is scheduled for Thursday March 29 at 10 a.m.

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February 10, 2012 •

DISCLOSE Act Returns for 2012

Also Affects Lobbyist Reporting

DISCLOSE 2012 ActU.S. Congressman Chris Van Hollen has introduced a campaign finance bill in the House called DISCLOSE 2012 Act.

Like the similarly entitled bill introduced and defeated in 2010, House Resolution 4010, the Disclosure of Information on Spending on Campaigns Leads to Open and Secure Elections Act of 2012, aims to increase the reporting requirements of political expenditures and contributions by corporations and other outside groups.

Corporations, unions, and other groups, will be required to report certain campaign-related activity to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), to disclose their campaign-related expenditures to their shareholders and members, and to make their political spending available to the public, through a hyper-link to the FEC, on their websites.

In his press release, Congressman Van Hollen states, “I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this legislation – if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear from the DISCLOSE 2012 Act.”

Additionally, the bill also requires lobbyists to disclose their political expenditures in their lobbying disclosure reports in conjunction with the report of their lobbying activities.

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September 24, 2010 •

DISCLOSE Act Reintroduced and Then Blocked in Senate

Motion of Cloture Fails

Senate Bill 3628, known as the DISCLOSE Act, was reintroduced in the US Senate a second time but failed to garner the 60 votes necessary to be debated on the floor. The motion of cloture vote of 59 to 39 fell along party lines.

A reaction to Citizens United v SEC, the bill includes measures such as requiring organizations to disclose to shareholders, members, or donors information detailing how disbursements were made for campaign-related activity.

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July 28, 2010 •

U.S. Senate Fails to Pass DISCLOSE Act

On a vote of 57-41, the Senate Democrats failed to gather the 60 votes needed to overcome an expected filibuster of S. 3628, Congress’ legislative response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

For the time being, the Supreme Court’s ruling stands. Another vote is thought possible in September after Congress returns from the August recess.

Here are three articles for further reading:

Senate Dems lack votes to overcome Republican filibuster of Disclose Act,” by Alexander Bolton in The Hill.

Dems table campaign finance reform,” by Meredith Shiner in Politico.

Bill on political ad disclosures falls a little short in Senate,” by Dan Eggen in the Washington Post.

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July 23, 2010 •

DISCLOSE Act Heads to U.S. Senate Next Week

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has filed cloture on the DISCLOSE Act, Congress’ response to the recent Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

The measure will come to a vote on the floor of the Senate early next week. Reid’s move begins the endgame for the legislation even though he does not yet have the votes to overcome the anticipated filibuster from the bill’s opponents.

New York Senator Charles Schumer, who authored S. 3295, the Senate’s version of the DISCLOSE Act, has modified the bill to address concerns raised when H.R. 5175 was passed by the House earlier this summer. Democrats hope the changes will be enough to win the support of Maine GOP Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, both of whom expressed reservations regarding the House bill. For example, Senator Collins believes H.R. 5175 provides unions with special exemptions and a corresponding unfair political advantage over corporations.

It is unclear at this time whether or not changes to the Senate bill offered by Schumer will be enough to overcome Collins’ and Snowe’s objections. The Senate vote could come as early as Tuesday.

If you are looking for more coverage, the Hill has two articles by Susan Crabtree:

Schumer files new version of campaign-finance bill to court centrist votes,” July 22, 2010

Sen. Reid sets up showdown next week on campaign finance,” July23, 2010

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