From Senator Dick Durbin: Support the Disclose Act

12 Jul

When the Supreme Court issued its Citizens United ruling two years ago, it strengthened the already powerful influence corporations have over our elections.

But as early as Monday, the Senate has the rare chance to fix this when we vote on the DISCLOSE Act — major legislation that would force shadowy groups to reveal their donors and be accountable for the ads they run.

This is so important that I’m joining together with a number of my fellow senators — Michael Bennet (D-CO), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Al Franken (D-MN), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Patty Murray (D-WA), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Jon Tester (D-MT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and others — to build support for this crucial legislation before the vote next week.

This is going to be a big push, and I really need you to be a part of it.

Will you add your name to our petition in support of the DISCLOSE Act now — before the big vote next week?

Already during this election season, we’ve seen countless shadowy right-wing groups, like Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS, funnel huge amounts of money into damaging and baseless attack ads.

And because these front groups don’t have to disclose the corporations and billionaires funding them, there is absolutely no accountability.

That’s damaging to our elections process, and has the potential to permanently damage our democracy.

The DISCLOSE Act would help expose the corporate interests behind these groups, forcing them to be accountable for anything they put on the air — because Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections!

It’s not going to be easy passing this bill. As you can imagine, special interests are fighting tooth-and-nail to keep their secret, unregulated, manipulative practices legal.

Help me prove to all my Senate colleagues that support for the DISCLOSE Act is widespread — before the vote next week. Add your name to our petition today!

Thank you for helping my colleagues and me shed a light on the secret, unlimited money flooding our elections.

Sincerely,

Dick Durbin
U.S. Senator

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