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Pass the DISCLOSE Act! Why the Senate Needs to Unmask Secret Political Donors

Corporations making outsized political donations should have enough guts to publicly stand by their dollars.

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Our convoluted campaign finance system is in dire need of some accountability. Loopholes and cheap tricks plague the system and keep voters in the dark about who is really funding the messages that flood their TV screens. Corporations and billionaires use our political system like a playground, and a lack of disclosure means they often spend free of scrutiny.

The DISCLOSE Act would go a long way to ensuring voters know the whole story behind every ad. After all, the messenger is often as important as the message. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia once wrote, “Requiring people to stand up in public for their political acts fosters civic courage, without which democracy is doomed.”

I have to say, I agree.  Disclosure has enjoyed bipartisan support in the past, and there’s no good reason why Congress shouldn’t come together now to ensure people have the whole story before they cast their votes.

Kelly Ngo is a legislative assistant with Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division. She also works closely with the Corporate Reform Coalition on its federal and state level efforts to shed light on corporate spending in elections.