Voters lost and special interests won todaySubmitted by Elisabeth Thu Sep 23 2010 16:05:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)
Today in Washington we fell short by just one vote in our continuing battle to pass the DISCLOSE Act, which would restore transparency to U.S. elections by requiring disclosure of corporate and union spending in candidate elections. The Leagues of Women Voters of Maine and Massachusetts have been doing wonderful work in encouraging their Senators to support the legislation, but those efforts haven’t yet paid off. Their work did garner some excellent press coverage in local media.
We’re not giving up the fight for this legislation. With a lame-duck session expected after the election, we and our allies will have an opportunity to try again, hopefully in a somewhat less partisan atmosphere. It was clear this week that the partisans were pulling out all the stops to keep Senators in line, instead of allowing them to vote their own views. Disclosure and transparency is always important in elections so that voters have all the information they need to make decisions. This bill would require corporate and union CEOs to stand by their ads and expose special interest groups behind last-minute attacks. It stops manipulation of elections by fly-by-night hit groups, and prevents U.S. corporations controlled by foreign – or even hostile – governments from pumping secret money into our elections. Stay tuned. There will be more to come!