Congress' biggest defender of corporate political speech rights changes his tune.
The For The People Act contains the DISCLOSE Act, a long-sought-after Democratic Party policy item that would end dark money spending.
It was only going to be a matter of time before we learned a Russian company with ties to the Kremlin bought political ads
What has Senator Ayotte done in Congress to fight big money in politics? Nothing. She has yet to support the DISCLOSE Act
We're excited to celebrate our 95th anniversary in 2015 building on our accomplishments from 2014 -- and setting ambitious goals for the coming year.
While it would be nice to be able to wave a magic wand or pass a sweeping bill to fix the system, it's just not going to happen. Now is the time for determined and steadfast battles on several fronts.
There's an old saying in surfing: Go big or go home. Right now, each race around the country is in it's own little bubble, disconnected to the larger narrative. Only true vision and leadership can unite them to raise a populist wave and that is what the Presidential pulpit is for.
The case for DISCLOSE, which would bring into the open hundreds of millions of dollars in now-hidden political giving, is so compelling, so self-evident, that a credible, logical argument against it is nowhere to be found.
Disclosure is the solution to much of what ails our democracy, not the problem. Those in Congress who are opponents of transparency not only trample on the right of Americans to know who is trying to influence our vote; they run afoul of the very nature of free and open elections.
On at least two occasions then, the Court has chosen to remove limits on political spending on the implicit premise that this spending would be disclosed. Sadly, Citizen's United did not lead to more disclosure but instead to a wave of dark money.
"It wasn't too long ago that Republicans supported disclosure," Whitehouse said. Whitehouse said Democratic leaders have
The failure of Senate Democrats to challenge Senator McConnell on the legislation passed Tuesday while McConnell blocks all campaign finance reform bills raises serious questions about just how committed Senate Democrats are to addressing the nation's campaign finance problems.
Contributions available for political and lobbying use came from big American companies including 3M, Aetna, AFLAC, American
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) asked whether any of the panel members would defend the language of the law and the regulation
"The question is, what is it that Sen. McConnell doesn't like about transparency and disclosure?" Van Hollen said. "It's
"So again I ask, where was the outrage of the Republicans then?" Reid said. "While we must stop these abuses by the IRS, we
"When liberals talk about 'transparency', that isn't what they mean," Cleta Mitchell, chairwoman of the American Conservative
It's heartbreakingly clear that the Democrats won't act courageously. But a number of non-partisan outside groups will.
If the IRS or DOJ were serious about ensuring that so-called social welfare organizations are not abusing their tax-exempt status by engaging in political activities, they could start by taking a close look at IRS forms 990 and 1023.