Senate Dems offer new version of DISCLOSE Act to fight Citizens United ruling

Peter Kasperowicz
The Hill
7/11/2012

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and eight other Senate Democrats proposed new legislation on Tuesday that seeks to counteract the 2010 Citizens United case in which the Supreme Court ruled that the government cannot limit political spending by corporations, unions or other groups.

Democrats reacted to that ruling two years ago with a bill that would have required these groups to report all campaign spending of $600 or more to the Federal Election Commission.

The new DISCLOSE Act of 2012, S. 3369 [PDF] would not require disclosure until these groups spend $10,000 or more in aggregate, and would also remove other pieces from the 2010 bill in a bid to streamline it and make it easier for companies and other groups to comply…

…it would require reporting for each $10,000 in spending, and would subject companies, labor unions and super PACs to this rule. However, it would not require parties, candidate committees or charitable organizations to file these reports…

Read the complete article at The Hill.

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CAJ note: Campaign for Liberty and the National Association for Gun Rights sent emails this evening, “tomorrow night [16 July], a new version of “DISCLOSE” will head to the Senate floor for a cloture vote.”

Previously this legislation was filed as H.R. 5175

Here is Open Congress‘s pages explaining the details of the bill in plain English which has 27 co-sponsors at the time of this posting.

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