Obama slams GOP on Disclose Act

Eric Zimmermann
The Hill

President Obama called out Senate Republicans on Monday for holding up a vote on a contentious piece of campaign finance legislation.

Senate Democrats plan to vote on cloture for the Disclose Act on Tuesday, though it remains unclear whether they have the 60 votes necessary to end debate.

Democrats need at least one Republican vote, which they so far lack.

“You’d think that making these reforms would be a matter of common sense,” Obama said in brief remarks from the Rose Garden. “But of course this is Washington in 2010, and the Republican leadership in the Senate is once again using every tactic and manuever they can to prevent the Disclose Act from even coming up for a vote.”

The legislation was crafted in response to a Supreme Court decision that opened the door to unlimited corporate and union spending in elections. The bill would require such groups to disclose their role in campaign spending, namely advertisements…

…“The Disclose Act seeks to protect unpopular Democrat politicians by silencing their critics and exempting their campaign supporters from an all out attack on the First Amendment,” [Sen. Mitch] McConnell said…

Update: Sorry! Forgot the link to The Hill.

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